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Product Details

  • 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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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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Hitler, although extremely evil, was possibly one of the best orators of all time. He could move crowds like no one else with his powerful speeches and yet virtually nothing he said is still quoted today. Why? Because it was not what Hitler said, but rather how he said it. Do not buy Mein Kampf if you want an entertaining, well written read; rather buy this book for its historical significance. Were this book written by some other unknown man the ramblings about racial purity and Jews as parasitic sub humans would enthrall very few and put most to sleep. However for those interested in how Hitler's mind worked there can be no better direct example than his book, but in literary quality two stars is very generous.
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By A Customer on May 29 2002
Format: Paperback
Hitler is often refered to as satan or crazy, but was he? There is no denying that he along with the Nazi party killed many million Jews and other groups but to judge him as an intellectual squarly on his actions is harsh. If one reads this book and takes the time to let it sink in, he or she will soon realize that this man was extremely intellectual. He was not evil, possesed by the devil, or satanic in anyway but just wanted better. It is said in this book that all he wants is a better life for the people of his race. Although he took this to an extreme in killing other races, he had a good idea. He just wanted a prospering community without hunger or violence. Wrongly, Hitler chose to make his dream by denying basic human rights to others. I am not a Nazi nor do I glorify Hitler in any way, but if one truly takes the time to listen, he or she might learn the other side of the one-sided story taught to us in school.
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