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Madman, tyrant, animal—history has given Adolf Hitler many names. In Mein Kampf (My Struggle), often called the Nazi bible, Hitler describes his life, frustrations, ideals, and dreams. Born to an impoverished couple in a small town in Austria, the young Adolf grew up with the fervent desire to become a painter. The death of his parents
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 11th 1973 by Houghton Mifflin Company (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
Dec 14, 2014 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
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Greg
Jul 30, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People with a strong grasp of 20th century history.
Recommended to Greg by: posterity.
Let's distill my previous review.

This book is badly written, presents scientifically incorrect, racist ideas as fact, and takes a comically long time to tell a boring story about formulating an idiotic military plan that didn't work.

People who should read this book don't need to be told they should read it. They also have listened to Wagner and read Nietzsche, and find their respective worldviews problematic.

If your explanation for reading this book does not involve understanding mistakes from
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Mein Kampf = My Struggle, Adolf Hitler
Mein Kampf (My Struggle) is a 1925 autobiographical book by Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler. The work describes the process by which Hitler became antisemitic and outlines his political ideology and future plans for Germany. Volume 1 of Mein Kampf was published in 1925 and Volume 2 in 1926. The book was edited by Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز چهارم ماه مارس سال 1966 میلادی
عنوان: نبرد من؛ نویسنده: آدولف هیتلر؛ مترجم: فرشاد؛ تهران، کانون
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Jarrett
Feb 16, 2008 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.
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Brody Lord of the undead
Feb 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: AYNONE!!!
Recommended to Brody by: Stephanie
amazing!!!!!!!! the most spectacular peice of literature of the 20th century!!! I was changed forever.
Trevor
Sep 04, 2010 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Paul
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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David
Aug 22, 2010 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 ...more
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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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 ...more
Sean O'Hara
Jul 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
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.
Jessaka
Jul 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
I was standing at the check out desk at Tolman Hall’s library at U.C. Berkeley back in the 1970s. I have no idea what I was checking out at the time. Maybe it was the time that I had spent at their library reading the Salem Witch Trials, the court documents. But as I was standing at the counter, I noticed a speech written on the wall behind the desk. I stood there reading it, and while I was reading it I realized that it was a humanitarian speech, and I thought, “That is the most beautiful ...more
David
Sep 25, 2007 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.
Däv
Jun 14, 2007 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
Q
Jun 05, 2007 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
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Matt Brady
Oct 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
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.
Margarita
Jan 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It is very difficult to talk about this book, and to agree with those who review it positively, because the person who wrote it did terrible things. Anyone who reads this book should not fall prey to manipulation. But any book can be dangerous. We can blame the Holy Quran and the Holy Bible in just the same way.
I read Mein Kampf when I was quite young actually and because it was a forbidden book. There was only one copy at the town library and I had to sneak it out. So the context is as
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Clumsy Storyteller
Mar 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody!
i HATE writing negative reviews but this one is the exception. i started reading this book a week ago and couldn't bring myself to finish it. so Why one star? Because everything about it is HORRIBLE. The writing style (translation), his ideas are just disturbingly fascinating, Bigotry at its best! i picked up this book thinking "it's time to hear his side of the story, his perspective." Let me be clear, Reading this book doesn't make me a "Nazi fan" or "Neo Nazi" i'm just a human driven by ...more
Annette
Dec 05, 2008 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone interested in German history 1918-1945
Recommended to Annette 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
Jonathan Ashleigh
Dec 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: recent
I don’t now what compelled me to pick up this book but I am often intrigued with cults and other disgusting behavior. I wish I wouldn’t have because it was poorly written and for the most part incoherent, but I did enjoy some of the explanations of propaganda.
Matt
[BEFORE READING; February 2016; scroll down for actual review]

I finally got this book!

I say "finally" because I pre-ordered it in mid-December 2015 and it should appear on January 8th. The publishing house decided to print only 4,000 copies, when the number of pre-orders allegedly was 15,000 at this point. The reprint seems to be running at full speed.

Interestingly the book can currently not be ordered from Amazon, although they say on their website:

"The proceeds from the sale of this book
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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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Greta
Mar 29, 2016 marked it as not-to-read
I can understand why people want to read This. Out of curiosity. Or because it's kind of a forbidden fruit (but a rotten fruit). There's so much to read about the war and the holocaust. Read those books first. Read what survivors endured. Read about the trials against the nazi's. And then make up your mind. I'm sure that if you're well informed, and I mean really well, you don't want to read anything that was written by this vermin. It feels to me that giving in to your curiosity to read this ...more
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
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Doigt
Sep 10, 2007 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.
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.
Matt
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Before delving too far into the review of this book, an explanatory preface will serve the reader well. Should one choose the Ford translation of the book, as I have and would recommend doing, they will discover the detailed editor's introduction highly intriguing and insightful. Therein, Ford highlights that by reading the book one will not and does not need consider themselves an anti-Semite. Furthermore, accepting or praising some of the views Hitler presents does not fan the flames of ...more
Jonathan
Apr 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
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Rebecca McNutt
Just saying, I don't condone any of the horrific atrocities that this man commanded. But if you ever want a clear view and history and look inside the mind of someone this psychotic, Mein Kampf is as close as you'll get. It is disturbing, more-so than any horror or true crime novel by far, but it gives insight into what might have made Hitler snap. Was he always evil for lack of a better word, or did something trigger him to create the hell that he decided upon? Maybe those questions and many ...more
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.
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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, leading his country into World War II.

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
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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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