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This description may be from another edition of this product. The angry ranting of an obscure, small-party politician, the first volume of Mein Kampf was virtually ignored when it was originally published in 1925. Likewise the second volume, which appeared in...

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A Historic Document

You may hate Hitler, but you can't ignore that he has played an important role in Western experience. You cannot talk about the 20th century without talking about Hitler. You can hate him, but you cannot ignore him. Hitler redefined military history, literary discourse, philosophy, academic discussions, and even theology. You may not want to give him credit because you may hate what he tried to do, but he is probably the greatest mover in history. Hitler gave Germans a sense of pride. Most Germans did not care about killing Jews -- it was in fact a side effect that many Germans tried to ignore or pretend did not really exist. Often, Hitler is only seen vis-a-vis the Jews and that detracts from correctly understanding Hitler and his role in German society. Reading the original document by Hitler is a step in the right direction to truly understand the mind of the evil genius. It is important to go to the primary source in every case and develop your own opinions, rather than take others' words for truth.

A Fascinating Curiosity

Part biography, part party manifesto and part propoganda pamphlet, "Mein Kampf" ("My Struggle") is three volumes of a work first published in 1925 while the Little Corporal was just that, an obscure agitator serving a brief prison sentence for a failed coup (putsch) in Munich. Manheim's translation of "Mein Kampf" is perhaps the best one so far. He does an excellent job translating many of the German metaphors into English. Don't feel guilty about buying this book. Having it on your bookshelf doesn't make you a Nazi sympathizer. So go on, buy it, read it and remember that those who ignore history are condemned to repeat it.

Historical Document

Rating this book is something of a futile exercise. What is important is that the reader understand that this book is a penetrating look into the psycho/socio state of a man who held tremendous influence on the 20th century world. From a historical perspective one can see clearly that Hitler did in fact spell out his goals for a Thousand Year Reich and wonder why Chamberlain and others so greivously overlooked it. As despicable as he and his literary work may be, it must be used as a tool in the study of one of the most tyrannical regimes in the twentieth century, lest such mistakes be misunderstood and hence repeated.

Mein Kampf

Definently an interesting work, a glimpse into the mind of the man who brought nazi-germany to power, and his plans for the world. The third reich's campaign brought the nazis to a war the would engulf the entire globe, and bring death to over 35 million worldwide. I would highly recommend history-buffs like myself, and anyone who has a particular interest in wwII or Nazi Germany to read this book, it brings to perspective hitler's plans for the world, and a slight peek at the character behind the leader of the third reich that will never be forgotten.

Read this book and understand National Socialism.

Adolf Hitler was one of the most loved and hated men of the20th Century. In "Mein Kampf" we learn about the author'schildhood, the collapse of Germany in 1918, the founding of his National Socialist German Worker's Party and the abortive Beer Hall Putsch of 1923 which sent Herr Hitler to Landsberg Prison where he wrote his famous book. The author goes into detail on policy questions which will later be realized just before and during the Second World War. The book is said to be very prophetic in that sense. Any rumors of the difficulty in reading the work are false; it is easy to read and highly interesting. In short, this book is a must for those wishing to gain a more thorough understanding of German National Socialism and its creator.
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