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on October 6, 2011
If you're looking to read Nietzsche -- either superficially or deeply -- there are only 2 books you really need: Kaufman's Portable Nietzsche and Kaufman's The Basic Writings of Nietzsche.

Of course, you're getting different works from both of these anthologies.

If you're looking to read Thus Spake Zarathustra (as well as letters, Twilight of the Idols, the Antichrist, and selections from many of his other works), buy the Portable Nietzsche reader

If you're looking to read Beyond Good and Evil and the Geanology of Morals (or the Birth of Tragedy / Ecce Homo, etc.) buy the Basic Writings.

Really, you SHOULD own both. One is certainly not a substitute for the other. However, if you're thinking about what to read first.... let me put it like this:

Read Thus Spoke Zarathustra first if you're looking for something more laconic and literary (buy Portable Nietzsche)

Read Beyond Good and Evil first if you're looking for something more aphoristic and philosophical (buy Basic Writings)

All in all, I reference them both about the same.... and once you've worked your way through these you can touch The Will to Power.

Good Luck!!! He really was brilliant man. Hopefully you won't be one of the many who have egregiously misunderstood what he was saying.
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VINE VOICEon January 1, 2013
This anthology of works by Nietzsche includes "Thus Spake Zarathustra", "The Antichrist", "Twilight of the Idols" and "Nietzsche contra Wagner" in there entirety, as well as many letters, excerpts, notes and insights from translator/editor Walter Kaufmann. The translation is easy to read, and Kaufmann takes necessary liberties with the translation to make the book more understandable and reader-friendly to the English reader. He notes these liberties in the notes, and the information presented flows well.

Nietzsche's works are arranged in the book in chronological order. As a reader, you are able to see him slowly slipping into an angry, troubled darkness which marked the last decade of his life. Whether taking on the state, Christianity, German philosophers and theologians, or Richard Wagner, Nietzsche exudes passion and intelligence that the translation effectively transmits to the reader. Many of his arguments against religion and Christianity (in particular - "The Antichrist") as well as his concept of the "superman" in "Thus Spake Zarathustra" underpin his consistent belief that man should not be held back by religion or state, and that "equal" isn't "fair". His philosophy that equality will drive man to the lowest common denominator in his abilities underpins most of his works.

Nietzsche was a brilliant and troubled philosopher, and this anthology provides a great feel for the man and his works with superior editing, commentary and translation. If you want an intro, this should be strongly considered.
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on February 21, 2016
It's Nietzsche, what can I say? Walter Kaufmann wrote the best English translations of the bulk of Nietzsche's work. Although my university has a textbook rental system, I like to highlight and tag passages, so I bought this for a Nietzsche seminar. I <3 Nietzsche!
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on January 13, 2017
Christians use the bible I use this book!
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on October 17, 2016
Not yet through reading it however loving it...each page is an invitation to ponder deeper thoughts. This book requires one to take each page and savor it like a fine wine. Slowly and with supplemental thought to expand our minds not quite to Nietzsche size but growth nevertheless.
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on April 25, 2016
Nietzche may be controversial to many but there is definite wisdom to be had here
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on June 4, 2017
This is a great small collection of Nietzsche's works. I took this with me on a 7 month deployment overseas and it was great enjoying some of his best works without having to carry multiple books. The translation is the usual trusted Kaufmann, so it's hard to make this any better.
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on May 20, 2017
A must have for any lover of Nietzsche...I personally enjoyed twilight of the idols and the very interesting anti-christ.
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on March 20, 2015
The Portable Nietzsche is one book everybody should read, the earlier in life the better. The Antichrist, an unfortunate title, is a critique of the religion that has dominated the West for over 2000 years now. Why has not this religion been criticized philologically before, like Nietzsche did? The answer is that this religion has built immunity in it by force first, and later in our days, by sheer propaganda and misinformation. As you can tell, this is one of my favorite books from the collection Walter Kaufmann chose to translate and include in this volume. Buy it and read, the price is right.
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on April 28, 2012
Walter Kaufman's translation of Nietzsche's works are quite good. He goes to lengths to explain where other translations of Nietzsche have misused Ubermensch, the difference's between superman/overman, and and he also uses an introductory preface for most of the chapters for convenient referencing. Some of the reviews I read made Nietzsche's work seem intimidating, but reading Zarathustra is not as difficult as i though it would be. Nietzsche's works however, are not light reads, i recommend you devote plenty of time when reading him, re-reading passages twice when you feel you have to if you really want to come away with a firm grip on his thoughts. Zarathustra is the place where i began my reading and i look forward to the other texts in this neat portable collection.
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