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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book, January 7, 2006
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This review is from: Hitler's World View: A Blueprint for Power (Paperback)
"Everything which has had a historical effect, even though and perhaps precisely because it is repugnant, must be analyzed and understood dispassionately. This is still the task of historical scholarship"

Those are the last two lines of this wonderfully written book and is precisely the approach Jackel took when he wrote it. We all know that Hitler was a terrible human being. What we don't need are authors writing books with that approach.

What Jackel has done is what more authors of history should aspire to. He has written a brilliant and well-researched book that speaks in facts and occurences without emotion. It better allows the reader to absorb and analyze the material and gives a seemingly non-biased view of one of history's most interesting figures.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Analysis of the development of Hitler's Ideas., October 20, 2002
This review is from: Hitler's World View: A Blueprint for Power (Paperback)
This book gives us a look at how Hitler viewed the world. This book is written with great skill. Here it is shown that Hitler had a self-consistent Weltanschauung. It is an analysis of Hitler's own writtings; both versions of "Mein Kampf" and his "Secret Book". See why he did what he did. The reason for his domestic and foreign policy. The truth that Hitler was neither a nationalist nor a socialist but a racist. And his thoughts on the Jews. And how he convinced himself that only through expansion, racial purity and the destruction of the Jewish people could any Nation/Race survive and prosper.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HITLER'S "PHILOSOPHY", April 6, 2001
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Hitler's Mein Kampf is one of the most boring books I have read. Even knowing what happened, I found myself thinking: "He must be thinking metaphorically; he really can't mean this." Jaeckel succeeded in making Hitler comprehensible, weird, but compresensible. He in particular clarifies the fact that Hitler was neither a nationalist nor a socialist but a racist. That's why he ordered the destruction of Germany. For him, the Germans were not fit to survive his death. The author also points to the ambiguities in Hitler's attitudes towards the Jews. If the Jews were so inferior, why were they a threat to the "Aryans." Hitler thought of the Jews as subhuman but also as the anti-race, somewhat like matter::anti-matter. Anyone who is interested in the most powerful, the most significant and the most enigmatic of leaders from the 16 th to the 21st centuries should read this book.
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Hitler's World View: A Blueprint for Power
Hitler's World View: A Blueprint for Power by Eberhard Jackel (Paperback - May 1981)
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