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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company (Sept. 15 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395925037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395925034
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 4.4 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By S. T. Pratt on April 15 2002
Format: Hardcover
If you are one of those people who are looking to further understand history by reading literature, then you will probably want to read Mein Kampf. In this book, you will find the ideologies and personality that led Adolf Hitler to take the course that he did. You will be able to further understand why things happened and why Hitler acted the way he did. Keep in mind, however, that this book must be read with an open mind that wishes to learn more about this aspect of history.
Mein Kampf was not written for you to sit down and read for enjoyment, and it should not be taken that way. The reading can be slow at times, but if you really wish to learn more about Hitler, the Third Reich, and what led to the Second World War, then this book is an indispensible resource.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach on Jan. 23 2002
Format: Paperback
Here it is, straight from the man himself. Called everything from garbage to a Satanic Bible, Mein Kampf is the written words of one of history's most important figures, Adolf Hitler. "My Struggle" was taken down in prison where Hitler was incarcerated for his failed Munich coup in 1923. Hitler waxes philosophical about his early life and aspirations, government, and a new program to lift Germany to dominance. The book is kind of tough to read at times, but other passages are remarkably lucid. This is probably due to the fact that it is a dictated account. There is endless repetition and congealed passages that will make you shake your head in incomprehension. I think the best hope for reading this book is to try and come away with the general themes of what Hitler is trying to say. Try not to get bogged down in the details or you're a goner.
Hitler begins the book by discussing his childhood. His father and him argued incessantly over what career Hitler should pursue. Hitler won by default (his parents died) and chose to pursue his dream of painting. He spent time in Vienna, where he began to form opinions on Marxism and Judaism. Long sections follow on Hitler's experiences in World War I, the Jews, and the failures of democracy. German foreign policy, along with its failures, is discussed in detail. Hitler never provides much evidence for his arguments, except for his condemnation of democracy, which is right on the money. Interspersed throughout his long discussions on politics and race are accounts of the rise of the NSDAP, or Nazi party. This is probably the most interesting part of the book, as Hitler outlines the growth of the party up until the Munich putsch.
I suspect most people will read this book to find out what Hitler says about the Jews.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 21 1999
Format: Paperback
Having read this book several times, I must admit that it is certainly one or perhaps the greatest books of the 20th century. As such, it comes as no surprise that its wide distribution rivaled that of the bible if not surpassed it for a period.
While for many it may be difficult reading at first, some thinking that there are constant repetitions or odd sometimes mixed analogies, one needs only to realize that this type of artistic style merely reflects the newspaper literature of the time in this area. Obviously for the more fortunate, the original German version is the best read. Much is always lost in translation.
If one realizes that this book was purchased by people all over the world at the time of its writing and people found great interest in its content, it comes as no surprise that this intense treatise is still of great interest to people all over the world today.
This book written by the infamous Austrian author, Hitler, is a must read for everyone. Tis' nature, all will come out of this book with varying reactions. But I assume this is what the Austrian author had in mind. And he most certainly succeeded in this.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mike G Girardin on Nov. 5 2003
Format: Hardcover
The first thing to consider before reading this book, is whether or not you have at least a basic understanding of early 20th century Germany. If not, it would be very easy to get lost in the dragged out rants that Hitler writes about these times. That being said, this book was by no means exceptional. As a matter of fact, I believe that had it not been for his brilliant oratorical skills, there's no way Hitler would have ever gained the power that he did based on the banality of this book.
Throughout this book, the author contradicts himself, and causes confusion for the reader, and I don't believe that it's just clarity lost in the translation, it's a general lack of good writing skills. He also has a tendency to spend several dozen pages saying what can be said in just one or two. Hitler thinks of himself as the messiah of Germany, and it comes out in not too subtle of a way. In fact I even hypothesized that the division of the book into two part was some kind of pathetic attempt for the author to create his own Bible like the Holy Bible with it's old and new testaments.
There are several shining moments, however, throughout the book where Hitler makes some very valid points about the state of society and human nature. He writes about the failure of the school system to teach history properly, an argument that I believe holds true today. As well as the struggle of the lower classes and the vicious circle of discrimination and poverty that they face.
What is important here is to understand that Hitler wasn't just some monster. He was a man. A man with ideas, very dangerous ideas. All too often we dismiss Hitler as a madman, and don't even try to understand the rage and anger that was inside him. To not learn from history, is to doom ourselves to repeat it.
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