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Hitler's second book : the unpublished sequel to Mein Kampf
Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945.
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First English language edition.
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New York, N.Y. : Enigma ; Lancaster : Gazelle, [2003]

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xxx, 293 pages ; 24 cm
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The first complete and annotated edition of the book Hitler dictated just before his rise to power. Contains startling, revealing ideas that became his programme once in power but that he didn't want publicised. New here is the much broader, 'open' vision Hitler gave of his foreign policy views and the fact that all were oriented toward war and aggression. Perhaps the most unnerving vision is the terrifying future Hitler offered, one of continuous warfare, with new wars being carried out in a kind of chain-reaction until the final inevitable clash with the United States. These statements are wrapped in the trademark rhetoric and with many references to people and events, which are fully explained by Dr Weinberg's annotations. An essential document, unavailable until now, for a deeper understanding of the Nazi period and its dismal list of horrors.

Author Notes

Adolf Hilter was born in Austria on April 20, 1889. As a young man, he wanted to become an artist, but was rejected twice by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. While in Vienna, he worked as a struggling painter copying scenes from postcards and selling his paintings to merchants and tourists. He served in the Bavarian army during World War I and received two Iron Crosses for his service. He was discharged from the army in March 1920. On April 1, 1924, he was sentenced to five years in Landsberg prison for the crime of conspiracy to commit treason. While there, he dictated his political book Mein Kampf (My Struggle) to his deputy Rudolf Hess. He was released in December 1924 because he was considered relatively harmless.

He was the leader of the Nazi party and gained political power using oratory and propaganda, appealing to economic need, nationalism, and anti-Semitism during a time Germany was in crisis. He became a German citizen in 1932, the Chancellor of Germany in 1933, and the Fuhrer of Germany in 1934. He started World War II by invading other countries in order to expand Germany. He murdered millions of people considered undesirable to his view of an ideal race, which is now referred to as the Holocaust. This genocide lead to the deaths of approximately 11 million people including but not limited to Jews, communists, homosexuals, Roma, Jehovah's Witnesses, and prisoners-of-war. Hitler committed suicide in his underground bunker in Berlin on April 30, 1945.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

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

Library Journal Review

Weinberg (A World at Arms) is a respected historian of the Nazi period who discovered the original text of this book, dictated in 1928 but never published, in the captured German archives now housed at Alexandria, VA. In 1961 it was published both in German and in an unauthorized and now out-of-print English translation as Hitler's Secret Book. This new edition provides a smooth translation, a thoughtful preface, and extensive, useful scholarly annotations and notes. This scholarly care does not blunt Hitler's verbose and meandering style or the vileness of the thoughts presented here in all their stultifying ugliness. For the general reader who has already encountered Hitler's ideas in Mein Kampf, most of the contents of this book will be chillingly familiar. For the scholar or student, there is some additional information touching on Hitler's opportunistic approach to the nationality question in the case of Italy and the South Tyrol, as well as acknowledgment of the importance of dealing with the United States. But, except for the notes and scholarly apparatus, Hitler's Second Book extends the ideas of Mein Kampf in only a limited fashion. This book has been picked up by the Military and History Book clubs; so demand may lead to purchase. Suitable for academic libraries and for public libraries striving for completeness.-Barbara Walden, Univ. of Wisconsin Lib., Madison (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This new rendition of Hitler's well-known "second book" has been expertly edited by the premier authority on Nazi archival records, who also discovered this important manuscript in 1958 and provided extensive comments to the original German publication in 1961. Here Weinberg has provided the introduction, rich endnotes, and reading references. Focused on his insistence on an alliance with Mussolini's Italy, which was unpopular with German nationalists outraged by the suppression of the German majority in South Tyrol, the book, dictated in 1928, also contains Hitler's most extensive discussion of the US and a future German-US war. Hitler put off publication for reasons of foreign policy and fear of popular reactions to such unrestrained war plans. Most libraries will already have the earlier 1961 English translation of this important document, published as Hitler's Secret Book. The present translation follows the 1961 rendering by the eminent translator Salvator Attanasio very closely, though frequently substituting synonyms. Evidently the present translator, very sensibly, consulted the old translation and corrected the few minor errors, but does not give credit. This reviewer found the new one more stilted--perhaps to conform to Hitler's awkward German style. Libraries with large collections will want to own both editions. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Most libraries. D. Prowe Carleton College