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For the first time in 65 years, a modern, easy to understand, truly complete and uncensored edition of Mein Kampf has been released which reveals more than any past translation. This hardcover book is also the first translation available in an English language audio format. Older translations altered passages, omitted passages, mistranslated Hitler's words, made some parts ...more
Paperback, 2 vols in 1, 560 pages
Published July 25th 2009 by Elite Minds Inc (first published July 18th 1925)
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Mark Hebwood I would not start with that book. The best (in my opinion) road to an understanding of Hitler is Joachim Fest's Hitler biography. I think Fest is an…moreI would not start with that book. The best (in my opinion) road to an understanding of Hitler is Joachim Fest's Hitler biography. I think Fest is an outstanding scholar of NS Germany and what makes his biography special is that he managed to write it without sentimental bias or moralising subtext - just like a professional historian should, of course, but on the subject of NS Germany, many fail to do so.

If after that, you feel you need further insight, by all means pick it up - but be aware this is a primary text (a historical source), so you'll be left alone with it, and have to provide your own context. To be perfectly honest, I do not think you will be able to do so if you are not an academic historian, so I'd probably not bother.

It gets worse because you really should read this in the original - any translation does not carry Hitler's linguistic style (yes you get the long, convoluted, rambling syntax, but you lose his emotional overtones). Finally, if you are able to read this thing in German, you will then discover to your frustration that there are no good scholarly editions around. But there will be next year - the high-calibre German Institut fuer Zeitgeschichte is at least scheduled to release its massive modern edition next year - the original text (800 pages) will be embedded in 1200 pages worth of commentary... Happy reading! (less)
Ron Mein Kampf and the Communist Manifesto? That's like asking how Twain's huckleberry finn and Smith's wealth of nations differ and if you should read…moreMein Kampf and the Communist Manifesto? That's like asking how Twain's huckleberry finn and Smith's wealth of nations differ and if you should read both... Mein kampf and the Communist Manifesto are not related to each other in that way. Hitler was Fascist and it would help to understand Communism to understand his animosity toward it. Whether or not it is important to read both... that depends on you. The Communist Manifesto has impacted, and continues to influence, billions of peoples lives and provides a counterpoint to mindlessly backing a capitalist economic system. Mein Kempf, while interesting, very truly is the obvious work of a insane man.

TLDR: Mein Kampf = interesting; Communist Menifesto = thought provoking, enlightening and understanding of different cultures(less)
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Manny
Mar 26, 2016 Manny marked it as not-to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I was somewhat disturbed to hear from Lilo that the negative review of Er ist wieder da which she had posted on Amazon had been removed without notice. As an experiment, I thought I would post a negative review of Mein Kampf, where I do the same thing and advise people not to read it. You can find the review here.

So far, three people have voted for it and one person has attacked me in a rather bizarre way. I'm curious to find out what will happen next. In particular, I want to see if Amazon remo
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بثينة العيسى
مقدمة هذا الكتاب كارثية. المقدمة تقول بأن هتلر من "العظماء" الذين كادوا أن يغيروا وجه العالم ومجرى التاريخ، وهنا يجب أن نقف طويلا وأن نتساءل كيف تحول هتلر، في ذهن القارئ العربي والناشر العربي، إلى رجل عظيم؟ يميل كثير منا إلى تمجيد هتلر وذكر "بطولاته" لكونه احتقر اليهود وحرقهم و"مسحهم بأستيكة" كما يقولون، بشكل أو بآخر نشعر كعرب، بصفتنا ضحايا لدولة إسرائيل، بأننا ننتقم من أعدائنا عندما نقرأ ما كتبه عن كرههم للنظافة وعن أنوفهم الطويلة وعن كونهم طفيليات على الحضارة وما إلى ذلك من أمور تبدو ملائمة لن ...more
Greg
Jul 18, 2016 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People with a strong grasp of 20th century history.
Recommended to Greg by: posterity.
(added March 2013)
This review is popular enough that I feel obliged to add something I hadn't thought about when I first wrote it, especially now that my 'internet presence' or something matters.
I had a very good social studies teacher in 12th grade. He started his 20th century history class with one word - Nationalism. This was the recurring theme for all of the 20th century, as he understood it, and thus the class. He was right, or at least as right about 20th century history as you can be in
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Jarrett
Feb 16, 2008 Jarrett rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hitler... booooooooooooooo!

Call me a crazy talking liberal if you want, but I am against burning human beings in big ovens. I don't care how trendy and cool it was considered back in the day, that's just the way I was raised.

I read this book on the recommendation of a friend. Or at least I thought he was my friend. It turned out he was actually just a cashier at Borders. But he looked an awful lot like this guy I used to be friends with when I worked at Gamestop. I could have sworn it was him. T
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David
Aug 24, 2010 David marked it as spurned  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feces
Of course I didn't expect Mein Kampf to be a great book, even within the admittedly narrow antisemitic messianic homoerotic prison genre, but I did expect a little more showmanship. If you've seen Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will, then you know Adolf* could really work himself into an artful spittle-flying lather. My German is middling, but I've heard he was all charismatic and persuasive or whatever. Like, if you were just planning to go out for a stroll and pick up some schnitzel, you'd happe ...more
Ahmad
Oct 07, 2010 Ahmad rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
دفعني لقراءة الكتاب رغبتي أن أعرف من هو هتلر.. ما أفكاره.. وما هي قصته؟
لم أجد أحداً ينقل لي ما أريد أفضل منه هو.. حين يكتب سيرته الذاتية

وصلت إلى غرضي من قراءة الكتاب...
كتاب مفيد للمهتمين بالسياسة، ينقل لك آراء هتلر الجريئة والمقنعة في الجانب السياسي
إلا أن الكتاب يعيبه سوء تصنيفه، وتكرار الكلام فيه في أكثر من موضع دون داعٍ لذلك
كدت أن أعطي الكتاب ثلاث نجمات لولا نقطة سوء التصنيف هذه

أما هتلر نفسه..
رجل اختار عقيدة أساسها باطل... وآمن بها حتى النخاع... وصار يحشد الأدلة على صحتها ويتعامى وينكر كل ما ي
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فهد الفهد
كفاحي

نادرة الحالات التي نقرأ فيها للطغاة، لا يمتلك الطاغية وقتاً ولا رغبة في تبرير نفسه وشرح أفكاره، فلذا يترك المهمة الصعبة للمؤرخين، الذين ينهكون أنفسهم في محاولة ربط أفعاله وأقواله والخروج منها برؤية تفسيرية.

هتلر في هذا الكتاب هو هتلر ما قبل السلطة، هتلر ما قبل كل ما جعلنا نعرف اسم هتلر، وننقشه كعلامة تاريخية مميزة، ولكن هذا لا يعني أن هذا كتاب ناقص، لا يعني أنه لا يجعلنا نفهم ما الذي حدث ولماذا حدث، بالعكس الكتاب هو صدر البيت الذي كانت عجزه حقبة 1934 م – 1945 م.

ولكن مع هذا بالكاد يمكننا ت
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Riku Sayuj

Mein Kampf or My Struggle:

Five Hundred and Sixty Pages of Struggle against Lies, Stupidity, Irrationality and Sheer Prolixity


Understanding Hitler’s political methods, rhetorical techniques and organizational skills is often cited as the best reason to read this book in the modern age, since many dictatorsstill use it as a handbook. Understanding their guidebook might be the best way to beat them at their own game. Many readers today avoid the book to avoid the taint of being seen reading it and
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Paul
Sep 29, 2013 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fascism
I read this in 1979 as part of my first degree (in history) whilst doing a course on Modern German History. It doesn’t read easily; Hitler wasn’t a natural author! The most interesting thing is that this was written without hindsight or from a position of power, or at the time any immediate likelihood of power.
The ideas are not new; they are recycled and an understanding of fin de siècle Vienna and the maelstrom of ideas in the late nineteenth century which influenced Hitler is vital. The mix o
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Sean O'Hara
Jul 26, 2012 Sean O'Hara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Inbred honky trailertrash who think they're better than people of color.
The author of this book is certainly one of the five or ten biggest nutjobs in the history of the world. Complete raving lunatic. No one should ever listen to a thing he says. If you agree with him, you're some kind of Nazi scumbag.
Trevor
Sep 04, 2010 Trevor rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, biography
While I was teaching on my placement at the start of the year my supervising teacher had an incentive program going on with some of the students in the VCE history class we were taking. He told them he would pay $50 to any student who finished reading Mein Kampf by the end of the year. He told me he had made this offer every year and had never been required to pay up. He believed this was because the book was so poorly written and so turgid that even the most money hungry 16 year old would figur ...more
Bel Rodrigues
Inicialmente comecei a leitura porque acreditava que ela explanaria os ideais de Hitler e como sua mente lidava com eles, resultando então em suas posteriores atitudes. Eu sabia que o livro havia sido escrito durante o período que ele estava preso, mas aprendi muito mais sobre minhas visões de mundo do que sobre a vida dele. O livro é dividido em algumas partes, o que facilita um pouco o entendimento e o momento da vida dele que ele estava contando.
Hitler não tinha genialidade nenhuma. Era um ci
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Q
Jun 05, 2007 Q rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one, especially not insane anti-semites.
Glancing at this book, no one has given it even one star.

I find this kind of hard to believe, because the book is amazing. Amazing that one person could have not only thought these things but had the audacity to write them down for posterity.

I read a good chunk of this in it's original German form. It was assigned to us in high school as a "get as far as you can stomach" sort of read. I admittedly skimmed most of it, and cringed at the bits I did read.

But as I had an idea for an altered book pro
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David
Sep 25, 2007 David rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chick lit types
hitler should have changed his last name to "hit", because that's what this book is! the main character, who looks like sarah jessica parker, is in her mid-30's and looking for love in all the wrong places. when she gets transported back in time to repressive regime of hitler, the language barrier and her liberal ideals won't stop her from finding true love.

a lil' bit of trivia: the audio book was narrated by a young jody foster.
Brody Lord of the undead
Feb 29, 2008 Brody Lord of the undead rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: AYNONE!!!
Recommended to Brody by: Stephanie
amazing!!!!!!!! the most spectacular peice of literature of the 20th century!!! I was changed forever.
Travis Cherry
Yes, I have read it, hell I still own a copy. I make no excuses, and will not issue apologies. I am not a nazi sympathizer, anti-semitic, or racist, fascist, or any other variety of colorful names that I have been called for having this on my shelf. I confess that I was curious about the method to the madness and how such whole sale slaughter of human life could be rationalized. Get past impressions that are forced down your throat in history class and read it for what it is, a historical text t ...more
مصطفي سليمان
انا بكره كتب السيرة الذاتية بكرها بشكل مبالغ فيه

فما بالك بهتلر؟

حلاوة الكتاب دا للي قرائه يعني انه يرحمنا

من الجمل العبيطة المنتشرة مصحوبة بصورته عن مدي كرهه لليهود

وانه كان ممكن يقتل اليهود بس ساب حبة علشان نعرف ليه عمل معاهم كدا


هتلر بالصلاة ع النبي كدا

كان عنصري بكل بساطة كان بيكره اي حد بره عن المانيا وكل شئ بره جزء من الالمان كمان
كان بيحتقر الديانات كلها
ذوي البشر السوداء , المعاقين كان يكرهم

لما كان بيقتل كان بيقتل الكل
مش اليهود بس

وعلي فكرة اليهود اهل كتاب ملحوظة بتوهه ف الزحمة
فيه فرق ما بين
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hexaspir
Oct 08, 2009 hexaspir rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone interested in German history 1918-1945
Recommended to hexaspir by: my grandmother
Shelves: hist-1918-1950
Being German, I first read it at the age of 15 or so, the copy my grandparents were given for their wedding in 1942. I did not understand everything at the time, in particular some of the allusions to the parliament, but I understood well enough and could not believe what I was reading. In Germany it is not easy to get a copy, I think, but for me this was and is a must-read. Hitler wrote it when no one believed he would ever be in a position to do all this nasty stuff - but then, when he was, he ...more
Matt Brady
Oct 27, 2014 Matt Brady rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found the narrator, a racist german war veteran imprisoned for an attempted coup, very unrelateable. He was just not very sympathetic or likeable. Also the book is written in german, which is not very relateable to me, someone who doesnt speak german.
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بداية الكتاب اسمه كفاحي....لذلك قبل ما اقراه توقعت ان هتلر كتبه في نهاية حياته قبل ما ينتحر

وبيوصف كل اللي مر بيه واللي حققه من وجهة نظره
فاكتشفت ان الكتاب ده اتكتب قبل ما يصبح هتلر رئيس

وبيتكلم معظم الكتاب ماعدا اخر 100 صفحة فقط عن احلامه وتفكيره واراءه السياسية...وفي اخر 70 صفحة بيوصف نجاحه في الخطابة ونجاح حزبه...بس مش اكتر
فده خنقني اوي قولت طب ليه سماه كفاحي؟. ماكان سماه احلامي ولا افكاري ولا عقيدتي ....

اول جزء من الكتاب لما تقراه تخليك تحس ان هتلر كان ذكي جدا وله نظرة ثاقبة في حاجات كتير...وتف
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Paul T
Sep 10, 2007 Paul T rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Weimar-era Germans, it seemed to do well with their demographic.
I laughed. I cried. It was better than Cats. But I still didn't like it. I even tried listening to Wagner and making shitty art while reading it...nothing. What the heck, it beats the shit out of The Fountainhead...right? No? Yeah, its pretty bad. Analyze it all you want for whatever reason - it still blows.
Kartik
First things first...

Who should read this: Anyone intelligent enough to see through Hitler's BS.
Who should not-read this: everyone else

Unfortunately I was in the second category when I read Mein Kampf; most teenagers are. The first part of the book is a very convincing patriotic, nationalistic point of view. The second part is where all the hate propaganda truly begins. By the time naive readers reach the second part, they might be convinced that Hitler is making sensible arguments.

I was well th
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Manny
I don't actually intend to read this book, just to share the following passage from Volume 4 of Kasparov's My Great Predecessors. Bobby Fischer and Samuel Reshevsky at the 1970 Interzonal in Palma de Mallorca:
During the tournament they could sometimes be seen, leisurely walking along, peacefully chatting, little Sammy and tall Fischer. An idyllic picture: an orthodox Jew and an extremist who praised Mein Kampf. Later Reshevsky explained: 'He has his views, I have my views. It didn't bother me. I
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ماجد دحام
الغرب والامبريالية العالمية مثلما سيروا افكارنا وفقا لمفاهيمهم الاستهلاكية والمنحرفه يريدون ايضا ان نبني مشاعرنا وفقا لاهوائهم فهم يريدوننا ان نحب اعداءنا ومغتصبي اراضينا المقدسه لانهم اصدقاءهم كما يريدوننا ان نعادي كل من يعادي اصدقاءهم يعني هم ببساطة بعدما شبعوا من مرحلة استعمار الاراضي واستعمار الافكار انتقلوا الان الى مرحلة استعمار المشاعر
Hadrian
-Slow and rambling. Terrifying in its statements of wars of extermination and the force of propaganda.
-Excellent for understanding the psychology and neuroses of future dictators and megalomaniacs. For example: Hitler's interest in his 'method' of reading - finding only the most relevant bits of information - could be interpreted as a demand for facts which fit pre-determined worldview. Obsessive patriotism as refuge from conflicted family life. Failed artist leading to view as romantic hero/sav
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Forrest
As a historical document, Mein Kampf is a window into the interwar years of Europe. As philosophy, it's terrifying. As a book, it's not too coherent, save when Hitler goes into his extended rants, where he seems to find his voice (which makes me cringe, but it is fascinating that when he channels his hate, he gets on a more sound structural footing - and I use the word "sound" loosely). Not quite the ravings of a madman, but definitely the ravings of a madman in the making.
Robert Brown
Funny story: I was embarrassed to check this out of the library, but I'm writing a lesson plan for a teacher I TA for and I needed this book to do it. Well, I was really busy, and I actually forgot to go to the desk and have them check me out so when I left the library, the alarm rang and I had to show them what was in my bag . . . . How embarrassing.

Anyhow, the book's probably as creepy and disturbing as you would imagine it to be. It's haunting how often he tries to give himself and his ideas
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Däv
Jun 14, 2007 Däv rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Only those interested in general political theory
One of my top 2 favorite pieces of autobiographical political propaganda... brilliantly written if obviously logically flawed... a beautiful look into the crafting of a thoroughly well rounded political theory... about as much to be lieved as any other... not for the dogmatic among us
Becky
Participating in this Pantaloonless Buddy Read Side Read. So begins the struggle...

...And so it ends.

Welp, I tried, and failed. I gave it 2 weeks and got about 6% in. This was soooooooooo fuuuuuuuucking booooooooooring.

That is all.
Jonathan
Jan 27, 2016 Jonathan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had to read the whole boring mess of this as part of my Masters. An extraordinarily confused, badly written, badly argued, incoherent piece of crap.

There are, however, some interesting and useful bits in there when one is trying to understand Hitler's world-view, and his appeal.

" The application of force alone, without moral support based on a spiritual concept, can never bring about the destruction of an idea or arrest the propagation of it, unless one is ready and able ruthlessly to exterm
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Adolf Hitler was an Austrian-born politician who led the National Socialist German Workers Party. He became Chancellor of Germany on January 30, 1933 and Führer in 1934. He ruled until 1945.

During the final days of the war in 1945, as Berlin was being invaded and destroyed by the Red Army, Hitler married Eva Braun. Less than 24 hours later, the two committed suicide in the Führerbunker.
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“Only the Jew knew that by an able and persistent use of propaganda heaven itself can be presented to the people as if it were hell and, vice versa, the most miserable kind of life can be presented as if it were paradise. The Jew knew this and acted accordingly. But the German, or rather his Government, did not have the slightest suspicion of it. During the War the heaviest of penalties had to be paid for that ignorance.

-- Mein Kampf, Chapter 10”
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