Hitler follows the same tormented path taken by Edgar Allan Poe. He was a brillant man on one hand, and a psycopath on the other. As the stress of war grew so did his lose of contact with the real world. Interesting reading for someone looking for what might have been behind the decisions being made.
Jul 11, 2008
More of the Same
Like Mein Kampf, this book provides insight into the mind and politics of history's greatest villain. Also like Mein Kampf, it shows how much Hitler appreciated the idea of repetition. If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth. This is less a book than a treatise on the specific question of South Tyrol in the 1920's. It is almost entirely devoted to this single question and Hitler's attempts to change the opinions of the majority of Germans, including the Nazi party. While Mein Kampf covered many topics and had some interesting historical anecdotes, the Second Book covers one topic and it isn't even a particularly interesting one. One good thing: the anti-semitism from the first book is toned down quite a bit in the second. It's still there, but without the foaming at the mouth rhetoric.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-07-28 In 1958, while directing the microfilming and organization of a trove of archives that the U.S. forces had taken from the Nazis at the end of WWII, historian Weinberg (A World at Arms) discovered the manuscript of a second book that Hitler had written but never published. The manuscript was published in German in 1961, accompanied by Weinberg's annotations, but this is the first authoritative English version (a pirated and poor translation appeared in the 1960s). The text bears all of Hitler's hallmarks: rambling thoughts, half-baked ideas, pedantic writing-along with a terrifying, sustained belief in war and violence as the means to ensure that Germans would flourish. Compared to Mein Kampf, there are fewer pages devoted to Jews. Nonetheless, what comes across most strongly is Hitler's abiding commitment to the principle of race and his identification of Jews as the enemy that threatened to undo all that Germans had created. Hitler dwells at length on foreign policy, and outlines a strategy of alliance with Fascist Italy and Great Britain. (He actually believed that Britain would accept a German-dominated European continent so long as Germany did not challenge the overseas British empire.) He also foresees an inevitable clash with the United States. This provides solid historical background on Hitler's thinking in the late 1920s, when his party was nothing more than a tiny, radical sect. Weinberg provides helpful notes and a very informative introduction. 20,000 first printing. BOMC, History and Military Book Clubs main selection. (Oct. 10) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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