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Hitler's Secret Book Paperback – September, 1983


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press, Inc (September 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394620038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394620039
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,467,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, German (translation)

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Scott on July 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I recommend that everyone, especially those interested in history and politics, read "Mein Kampf" (1925) and and "Hitler's Second Book" (1928, titled in the US as "Hitler's Secret Book). The reason is very simple, everything he wrote and planned came true. It's powerful stuff and it's something to learn from. History was Hitler's favorite subject and that is clearly on display in "Hitler's Secret Book" in which he discusses the South Tyrol problem. It's an excellent display of his grasp of history and the reality of power politics in the 1920's. It does not matter what you think or feel about the Nazis--read this book, you will learn a lot.
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By R. Schoerner on February 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
Having read Hitler's most celebrated tract, "Mein Kampf" twice, I was extremely pleased to discover the lesser known piece by this author (actually written before his association with his latter days adie-de-camp, and brutal editor, Rudolf Hess) and found the style much more contiguous, the structure less choppy and the content wholly logical and reasonable to digest. Truly worth reading in order to better understand the ideology and character (and person) of perhaps the most maligned intellect of modern history.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christopher R. Travers on November 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
First, I found this book to be rather tedious. The book tends to ramble, repeat, wander, and so forth. It is not a well structured discourse.

However, the book contains a number of interesting (and almost prophetic) insights into German mistakes in past foreign policy. These tend to be prophetic in the sense that Hitler repeated those exact patterns he identified as mistakes as the WWII progressed. I suppose hindsight is always 20/20.....

Similarly the book is sheds some light on the view of race that Hitler held. He discusses racial differences between the Spartans and Persians and assumes that the differences there, not differences of social organization or military technology, made the major differences in war. Hitler's single-minded focus on race and lebensraum together help to explain not only the developments regarding the Holocaust but also major strategic blunders in the war. For example, he believed that the Russians were incapable of building states that could withstand invasion, so he expected them to fall quickly when attacked.

On the whole I would recommend this work to anyone interested in history of WWII.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NHC on December 16, 2010
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Good information - much of it not known or published in history books.
VERY poor translation from German into English. The translator missed the nuances of the German language.
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