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In 1922, just four years after the war to end all wars, an unknown Austrian then living in Bavaria planned a pamphlet to be called Settling Accounts. In it he intended to attack the ineffectiveness of the dominant political parties in Germany which were opposed to the new National Socialists (Nazis). In November 1923, Adolf Hitler was jailed for the abortive Munich Beer Hall putsch along with men willing and able to assist him with his writing. With the help of these collaborators, chief among them Rudolf Hess, ...
In 1922, just four years after the war to end all wars, an unknown Austrian then living in Bavaria planned a pamphlet to be called Settling Accounts. In it he intended to attack the ineffectiveness of the dominant political parties in Germany which were opposed to the new National Socialists (Nazis). In November 1923, Adolf Hitler was jailed for the abortive Munich Beer Hall putsch along with men willing and able to assist him with his writing. With the help of these collaborators, chief among them Rudolf Hess, the pamphlet became a book. Settling Accounts became Mein Kampf, an unparalleled example of muddled economics and history, appalling bigotry, and an intense self-glorification of Adolf Hitler as the true founder and builder of the National Socialist movement. It was written in hate and it contained a blueprint for violent bloodshed. When Mein Kampf was published in 1925, it was a failure. In 1926 a second volume appeared - it was no more successful than the first. People either laughed at it or ignored it. They were wrong to do so. As Hitler's power increased, pressure was put on all party members to buy the book. Gradually this pressure was extended to all elements of the German population. Soon Mein Kampf was even being passed out to newlywed couples as a gift. Ironically, and frighteningly, by the time Hitler came to power on January 30, 1933, what has been considered by many to be the most satanic book ever written was running neck and neck with the Bible at the top of the German bestseller lists. In his excellent introduction to this definitive American translation of Mein Kampf, Konrad Heiden writes: "For years Mein Kampf stood as proof of the blindness and complacency of the world. For in its pages Hitler announced—long before he came to power—a program of blood and terror in a self-revelation of such overwhelming frankness that few among its readers had the courage to believe it ... That such a man could go so far toward realizing his ambitions, and—above all—could find millions of willing tools and helpers; that is a phenomenon the world will ponder for centuries to come." We would be wrong in thinking that such a program, such a man, and such appalling consequences could not reappear in our world of the present. We cannot permit our selves the luxury of forgetting the tragedy of World War II or the man who, more than any other, fostered it. Mein Kampf must be read and constantly remembered as a specimen of evil demagoguery that people whenever men grow tired of thinking and acting for themselves. Mein Kampf is a blueprint for the age of chaos. It transcends in historical importance any other book of the present generation. In his translation Ralph Manheim has taken particular care to give an exact English equivalent of Hitler's highly individual, and often awkward style, including his occasional grammatical errors. We believe this book should stand as the complete, final, and definitive English version of Hitler's own story of his life, his political philosophy, and his thwarted plans for world domination. Translated by Ralph Manheim with an introduction by Konrad Heiden. A compilation of Hitler's most famous prison writings of 1923—the bible of National Socialism and the blueprint for the Third Reich.
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|Volume 1||A Reckoning|
|I||In the House of My Parents||3|
|II||Years of Study and Suffering in Vienna||19|
|III||General Political Considerations Based on My Vienna Period||66|
|V||The World War||157|
|VIII||The Beginning of My Political Activity||207|
|IX||The 'German Workers' Party'||217|
|X||Causes of the Collapse||225|
|XI||Nation and Race||284|
|XII||The First Period of Development of the National Socialist German Workers' Party||330|
|Volume 2||The National Socialist Movement|
|I||Philosophy and Party||373|
|III||Subjects and Citizens||438|
|IV||Personality and the Conception of the Folkish State||442|
|V||Philosophy and Organization||452|
|VI||The Struggle of the Early Period - the Significance of the Spoken Word||463|
|VII||The Struggle with the Red Front||480|
|VIII||The Strong Man Is Mightiest Alone||508|
|IX||Basic Ideas Regarding the Meaning and Organization of the SA||518|
|X||Federalism as a Mask||554|
|XI||Propaganda and Organization||579|
|XII||The Trade-Union Question||596|
|XIII||German Alliance Policy after the War||607|
|XIV||Eastern Orientation or Eastern Policy||641|
|XV||The Right of Emergency Defense||668|
Posted February 20, 2009
Citizens and voters become accustomed to hearing statements from politicians that are taken seriously only to the point where the election takes place. Even the most unusual or disturbing comments are passed off as political rhetoric, to be taken seriously only as a ploy to improve the chances of winning the election. If the politician wins the election, we then expect the duty and responsibility of the office to temper their actions down into a more reasonable and realistic configuration. If they lose the election, the citizenry largely ignores them.
Ironically and unfortunately, this was the expectation but not the reality of the political career of Adolph Hitler. In this book, originally published in 1925, Hitler made it quite clear that he had a deep hatred of Jews and would not hesitate to launch Germany on a war quest to conquer additional territory and enslave the "inferior" races currently occupying the territory. However, whether out of fear or delusion, most of the German people and other inhabitants of Europe did not take Hitler's ranting, as expressed in this book, seriously. It is often lost to history that Hitler was legally named Chancellor of Germany at a point when his electoral fortunes were fading. Many of the political power brokers in Germany felt that Hitler could be moderated and controlled once he took the responsibility of the Chancellorship of Germany.
This book is one of the most chilling and factual cases of "hiding in plain sight", as Hitler is so very explicit about his aims and yet few paid attention. If you have any interest in how Germany launched a war of conquest and genocide, then this is a book that you must read. In my opinion, it should be required reading in all political science programs. It is a stark reminder that an informed citizenry must pay attention to what politicians say, for while it is only rarely true, sometimes it is devastatingly so.
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Posted December 19, 2008
As disturbing and dark as the ideas in this book are, we should never be afraid to learn why Hitler thought he was right to what he did. Learning from the past is our only hope in preventing this type of thinking in the future.
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Posted December 1, 2009
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There are a number of translations available, but the older translations were hard to read and contained thousands of errors plus many mistranslations.
This new Ford translation is the most accurate edition and the easiest to read version ever written. Many of the corrections were documented in the book Mein Kampf A Translation Controversy which clearly shows why the Ford translation is a superior translation to older English language versions.
Is this translation really better than Manheim or the other versions?
Let's look at some examples and see.
Here is the original German from a German language Mein Kampf published in 1938:
Sie beweist höchstens die Kraft der Eroberer und die Schwäche der Dulder.
Manheim translation: At most it proves the strength of the conqueror and the weakness of the nations.
Murphy translation: At most, the possession of such territory is a proof of the strength of the conqueror and the weakness of those who submit to him.
Reynal-Hitchcock translation: It proves at most the might of the conqueror and the weakness of the victim.
Ford translation: Gaining this territory only proves the might of the conquerors and the weakness of those who tolerate them.
The German word Dulder technically translates to `sufferer' but here it has only one meaning: a person who tolerates something. Manheim completely mistranslated the passage by using the word nations which is not the meaning here. Hitler often used the same word for race/people/nation but the difference is in the meaning and intent. The wording is also unusual in Manheim's version. The Ford translation is the easiest to understand and the only one that gives the real meaning of the passage. The Manheim translation is simply wrong.
Here is a GREAT example of the problems with Manheim:
Original German: Es ist hier nicht meine Aufgabe..(shortened to fit in this review)
Manheim translation: ??????? MISSING???????????
Ford translation: It is neither my task nor even my intention to point out the "If" in case the "But" had not been present. I do, however, feel that it is absolutely necessary for us to see the existing conditions as they truly existed, without coloring them, and to point out their terrible weaknesses, if only to deepen the knowledge so the situation may be understood within the ranks of the National-Socialist movement.
This is one of the passages which were omitted from the Manheim translation.
Manheim skipped it because the meaning was unclear to him. It is a complex sentnece, however simply leaving it out because you cannot understand it is astonishing.
Don't be fooled by amateur translators with a German-English dictionary who want to claim a German word means something different from the actual meaning. They fail to understand how to translate properly and think it is as simple as word substitution. A good translation is not based on the most common definition of one word, but on the sentence, the paragraph, even the chapter and especially the intent of the speaker.
This edition has corrected many errors in older versions and is more well researched than any previous version. I urge you to thumb through the Mein Kampf A Translation Controversy too.
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Posted October 24, 2008
I couldn't agree more with the previous review - you have to read this to understand history and make sure we don't repeat it. Don't ban books!
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Posted May 1, 2008
I am 17 and I went and bought this book because my history teacher was talking to my class about it. I didn't think it would be so interesting just from the beginning itself. I am actually glad I got it even though some people give me some strange faces when I have it. 'To 'learn' history means to seek and find the forces which are the causes leading to those effects which we subsequently perceive as historical events.' - Hitler And with this book, we do just that. You figure out why Hitler did what he did and possible reason's behind it.
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Posted January 6, 2012
Posted January 27, 2011
The guy was a nutter, however much of what he says one can see in the world today. No I am not speaking of the racial nonsense. This is foolish and so clearly in error that it isn't funny. However if you replace race with culture, and look at it from that point of view. Much of what he says is very applicable to today and what is going on right now.
One should never forget the past, learn from it and move on.
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Posted January 13, 2011
the person who said to ban this book is a moron. we have a right to read any book we want. once you start banning books you just becomelike the nazi did. i am getting this book to see what a man who brought his county from poverty to a function country, sure he did i for the wrong reasons but this way we can learn from this mad man
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Posted August 17, 2009
Posted May 16, 2012
I was reading the paper back version but it sadly fell apart...
I am in 8th grade. I had been talking to my social studies teacher and he believes that we should learn from the past but he believes that this is an EVIL book and that i should not read it. I am not saying that Hitler was not crazy or that this book is not evil, because both are true, but Hitler was also an amazing speaker....... To be able to tell nations that jews should die and make them beileve it is true, that is slightly amazing... Not that it is right. One of the reasons WW2 happened was because europe ignored things like these.
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Posted October 21, 2010
This was a great read. I was not sure if I should even read it but it turned out to be a great book. It was not at all what I was expecting and gave a great insight into Hitler's mind not to mention it was very educational.
This edition has many additional notes and a great introduction that helps you understand the book. The publisher also provides a supplementary book that explains more about it which helps you understand it even better, understand the history behind it, and it reveals some strange writing styles used. The supplement book also shows how this book was translated and why it is a better version than older editions.
I know this is a better edition because I compared it to the Manheim translation and what a difference! this one is easy to read and makes sense. The Manheim version is gibberish! I cant see how anyone would even buy Manheim when this edition is clearly superior.
No matter what you think of Hitler, get this book and you will learn something. You can easily ignore the few anti-Semitic parts if you find those offensive, they are only a tiny part of the book.
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Posted January 12, 2012
Posted December 13, 2011
This is one of the books I had on my own "bucket list". It is a remarkable historical book. I find it almost incredible that anyone who read it in the 1920s (and millions did) could not see exactly what he would do when he gained power. Some of his words will raise your blood pressure, and he repeats himself terribly, but I am glad I read it.
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Posted August 6, 2011
Posted January 6, 2012
"This is a very intesting book if you are book if you are looking to find out what is going through the head of one of the most famous and evil leaders of world war 2"
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Posted April 22, 2011
Hitler was without a doubt the most evil man alive in his time. While reading his rantings you can see the depth of his insanity and the building strength of his hatred. It's difficult to read and accept the intensity of the vile filth in his mind. Mein Kampf is a good study for criminal justice students when trying to grasp the criminal mind but also for psyc students.
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Posted May 19, 2011
Posted January 22, 2014
I have read a review that said that this book helpd her look for what not to want in a politician but he was the best there ever was. There was a reason he came to power. He knew when to start his campaign again and don't be mistaken, he did fail a coiple times. He knew to " attack" and ut was when his country fell into hard economic times such as our "Great Depression" was for us. And another point yes he was human. But as little as is possible. He was ruthless on his quest for perfection but then they call him a prime example of pure evil but that is not quite a full truth. Yes I know I kind of countering my own point of view but I have multiple opinions about this conflicting man. He had more respect for architects than he had for his loyal officers. He had tried multiple times to pursue a career in the arts but was rejected. He is human and he has felt rejection and that has made deep and penetrating roots of hatred and loathing for a society tht had thrown him out onto the street worth as much as any rat. Although now having had just said that I will also stand by the fact that he barely had a heart to hold anytjing cloae to. His mistress Eva Braun had been disregarded but obviously something abiut this man made her stay. She must have recognised the demons un his eyes iland his soul but his power made her stay. His power and almost demonic nature caused a past lover, his neice, to take her own life because her inly chance to free herself was to go into God's accepting arms. What does this say about the man who willingly and knowingly sent mostly innocent people to their deaths? What do you think when you remember you grandparents who may have survived the horrid Holocaust and their memories that may still haunt them at niht and the regular life that has been ripped away from them. I am 12 years old. My name is Jenna Vieux and I just want my voice heard. I am just doing it in a way Hitler did not have a chance to and I dl not want to do what he did. I want to be thought of with respect. And if you could reply that would be great. Thanks guys.
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Posted February 24, 2013
Just because people read the book and say that its good doesnt mean that he should have done what he did to his people. So dont be all the book is good. We shouldnot be able to speak about him unless we are learning about him he is a nobody in my mind. He was heartless and cruel who didnt know how to take responsibility. He blamed inocent people for germanys problems. Now ask ur self how do unfeel about that. Or put ur self in what the JEWS HAD TO GO TROUGH
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Posted November 8, 2011