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5.0 out of 5 stars Boring Book But Well Reasoned, March 23, 2013
This review is from: Mein Kampf (Paperback)
Everyone has heard of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" but few have actually read it. The work itself is a rather dry analysis of the German political situation following World War One. The book was largely composed by Rudlf Hess, the future deputy Fuehrer, not Hitler. However, anyone who plows through it will find a fairly cogent political analysis, not the raving lunacy popularly alleged. Hitler actually says that he was originally sympathetic to the Jews and only changed his mind because of the tremendous Jewish involvement in Marxism. No one any longer disputes this; it is admitted by one Jewish reference work after another.

"Mein Kampf" is of historical value only; it no longer corresponds to actual political conditions. It does show, however, that Hitler had a very analytical mind. He thought quite clearly - and many of his positions were carefully thought out.
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Initial post: May 28, 2013 4:33:49 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 28, 2013 4:36:17 PM PDT
panopticon7 says:
that's odd, having read the book, i can say that hitler hated the jews because they destroyed all racial purity. he calls them maggots. what he DID do was conflate all marxists with the jews. but no, he never merely hated the jews because too many of them had become marxist. what he hated was jews. and he hated marxism because it strived to enable those he perceived to be weak, whom he despised and felt needed to be removed, and because he believed jews embraced the philosophy. at base, for hitler, everything was about the blood. that was, as he put it, the most sacred duty. to preserve the purity of the blood--his words. and he felt that the jews ruined this. the raving lunacy popularly alleged is because it's true. this is not a cogent analysis. this is vomit between two covers.

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2013 11:34:28 AM PDT
john thames says:
Vomit might accurately describe this comment. Hitler was entirely correct in his identification of Jews with Communism, as even his future opponent, Winston Churchill, conceded in his famous 1920 newspaper article. As for the purity of the blood, similar views were expressed by Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Lincoln stated in his Senatorial debates with Stephen Douglas that he was opposed to ever setting the black man in a position of "social and political equality with the superior white race". FDR, before he became president, said that it was unwise for whites and Chinese to mix their blood in California. Hitler was neither the first, nor the last, political leader to express such views.

Mein Kampf is an astute political analysis of its time and nothing in my review requires either correction or elaboration.
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