Item description for Hitler's Second Book: The Unpublished Sequel to Mein Kampf by Gerhard L. Weinberg & Krista Smith...
"Provides a valuable insight into the development of ideas that were to shape Hitler's foreign policy after 1933."-Jeremy Noakes, The Times Literary Supplement
"The text bears all of Hitler's hallmarks, along with a terrifying, sustained belief in war and violence as a means to ensure that Germany would flourish."-Publishers Weekly
"He envisaged the German people becoming involved in a series of wars for Lebens-raum culminating in an epic battle against America."-Michael Smith, Daily Telegraph
"The Second Book is in many ways more important than Mein Kampf."-Guardian
"I have never known anyone to say this is a forged document."-Volker Berghahn, The New York Times
"Hitler admires the young, racially select' American people and the nation's restrictive immigration policies at the time."-The New York Times
"Far more than Mein Kampf, the Second Book establishes the grandiose scale of Hitler's ambitions."-Dennis Showalter, Colorado College
"More clearly than ever, Hitler sketched out the worldwide struggle against the Jews which he and his party had to lead."-Richard Overy, Guardian
Hitler's Second Book is the first complete and annotated edition of the manuscript Hitler dictated shortly before his rise to power four year after publishing Mein Kampf. It contains a catalog of shocking policy statements and previously undisclosed plans of world conquest at the core of Nazi ideology that Hitler concluded were too provoca-tive for publication.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 0.84 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2006
Publisher Enigma Books
ISBN 1929631618 ISBN13 9781929631612
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More About Gerhard L. Weinberg & Krista Smith
Gerhard L. Weinberg is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the origins and course of World War II, including Visions of Victory: The Hopes of Eight World War II Leaders (Cambridge, 2005) and Germany, Hitler, and World War II (Cambridge, 1995).
Gerhard L. Weinberg currently resides in Chapel Hill, in the state of North Carolina. Gerhard L. Weinberg has an academic affiliation as follows - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Professor of History Emeritu.
Reviews - What do customers think about Hitler's Second Book: The Unpublished Sequel to Mein Kampf?
I was WRONG Jul 2, 2008
I retract my previous rabid review. I had this book confused with another.
The author is credible and wrote this book from Hitlers own hand-written notes.
David Irving knows this man and vouches for him.
I was wrong. Dead wrong. I am reading this book now, i have found a typo on page 90 "ntended" instead of "intended", proof I am reading it. I just purchased this book tonight.
Hitler's Second Book Aug 9, 2007
I ordered this book due to my father was in the Second World War. So i wanted to get a look in to the head of the man that started it all. This book is an eye opener. It shows that Hitler was a very very intelligent person but as we all know there is a fine line between genius and insanity. And he tipped the scale on the insanity side. This book is very good if you are like me and just want to see what makes Hitler tic. I am glad i ordered it.
Hitler Sizes up the USA Jul 20, 2007
Zweites Buch, or, "Second Book", was originally a transcript of Adolf Hitler's unfiltered thoughts on a number of topics. This sequel to "Mein Kampf" went unpublished during his infamous lifetime. "Hitler's Second Book: The Unpublished Sequel to Mein Kampf" is annotated with great care by Weinberg and Smith and provides numerous context clues throughout. It remains the authoritative English translation.
This "Mein Kampf Part II", which focuses more on foreign policy, expands on the dictated original and goes so far as to suggest that around 1980, a final struggle would take place for world domination between the United States and the combined forces of Greater Germany and the British Empire. Most reader have not been previously privy to this information until now because either (1) The Führer deemed it to tip his strategic hand or (2) Mein Kampf v2.0 was not flying off the shelves and his publisher felt another book would further squash sales. Opinions differ.
Hitler attacks friend and foe alike for their goal of restoring Germany to its pre-1914 position. In Hitler's view, merely overthrowing the Treaty of Versailles and restoring Germany to its pre-1914 borders was unacceptable as in Hitler's opinion the Versailles Treaty was only a lesser problem.
Hitler here states for the first time that his belief that Germany's real problem was the lack of sufficient Lebensraum ("Living space") for the German people. In Hitler's view, only states with large amounts of Lebensraum were successful. In Zweites Buch, Hitler announced that overthrowing the "shackles" of Versailles would be only the first step in a Nazi foreign policy, whose ultimate objective was to obtain the desired Lebensraum in the territory of Russia.
In Mein Kampf, Hitler declared that Germany's most dangerous opponent on the international scene was the Soviet Union. In this second book, Hitler declared that for immediate purposes, the Soviet Union was still the most dangerous opponent, but that in the long-term, the most dangerous potential opponent was the United States. Hitler's views on the United States changed dramatically between 1924 and 1928 due in small measure to the Immigration act and other US policies such as eugenics and segregation.
This is a key historical document from perhaps the most evil man to walk the earth. Ultimately though, it suffers the same pitfalls as "Mein Kampf" in that it is a collection of disjointed ramblings straight from the mind of a madman. Still, enough here of historical import to recommend for fanciers of history and World War II. Note: the 1962 version is a hack job, steer clear if you ever stumble upon it. A lack of editorial caretaking bumps this book down a notch in my final rating.
The Fuhrer-to-Be and His Planned Aggression against Jews and Slavs May 14, 2007
This book, undoubtedly authentic (p. xiv) but never published until after WWII, sheds further insights into Hitler's warped thinking, expanding upon some of the themes of his MEIN KAMPF. It was first published in the English language in 1961 under the title of HITLER'S SECRET BOOK.
National Socialism had undoubtedly been an actual form of socialism, as reiterated by Hitler: "I am a socialist. I see before me no class or rank, but rather a community of people who are connected by blood, united by language, and subject to the same collective fate." (p. 48). "From this work [the National Socialist movement] a new body politic must come into being, which must also overcome the most serious disadvantage of the present, the division between the classes, for which the bourgeoisie and Marxism are equally culpable." (p. 87).
Interestingly, Hitler toyed with the possible future of Communism, and this turned out to be prophetic: "Indeed, it would be conceivable that in Russia itself an inner change could occur within the Bolshevik world, such that the Jewish element could be displaced by a more or less Russian nationalist element." (p. 145). To a degree, this later happened. Jewish Communists were expelled from their Parties for their "cosmopolitanism" and "Zionism".
We sometimes hear the claim that the German people voted for Hitler, in free elections, without realizing the fact that he would start a major war. Or, at worst, Hitler would be content with a little border war to rectify the "injustices" of Versailles. In fact, long before he came to power, Hitler said, in a speech on May 2, 1928: "We National Socialists take the view that all German foreign policy must steer clear of the ludicrous idea that the fate of Germany can be better shaped through so-called border corrections in terms of the 1914 borders. That does not matter to Germany at all anymore. The borders of 1914 in no way satisfy our living requirements." (p. 256). In terms of specifics, the Fuhrer-to-be planned a war of massive conquest and extermination against the Slavic peoples, as indicated by his following statements regarding lebensraum (in addition to those earlier in MEIN KAMPF): "An additional 500,000 square kilometers of land in Europe can provide millions of German farmers with new homesteads...The only area in Europe that could be considered for such a territorial policy was Russia." (p. 80; see also page 158). (Later, the Nazis spoke of "resettlement" of Jews and Slavs. In time, "resettlement" evolved into a euphemism for extermination.)
Proponents of Holocaust uniqueness sometimes claim that, whereas there was nothing that Jews could do to change their standing in the eyes of the Nazis, Poles could redeem themselves by undergoing Germanization. This is fallacious, as Hitler made obvious (as he had done earlier in MEIN KAMPF): "The National Socialist movement...knows no Germanization, as the national bourgeoisie does, but only the expansion of our own people. The movement will never see subjugated, so-called Germanized, Czechs or Poles as a strengthening of the nation or of the people; rather this represents a racial weakening of our people." (p. 49). "The ethnic state, in contrast, could under absolutely no circumstances annex Poles with the intention of turning them into Germans one day. It would instead have to decide either to isolate these alien racial elements in order to prevent the repeated contamination of one's own people's blood, or it would have to immediately remove them entirely, transferring the land and territory that thus became free to members of one's own ethnic community." (p. 53). (During the later German occupation of Poland, the "Germanization" of selected Poles was actually a re-Germanization of ethnic Germans who had previously become Polonized.)
Hitler's virulent anti-Semitism had a somewhat different emphasis in this book than it had in MEIN KAMPF. In the latter, he spoke of Jews as parasites that live off the hard-earned wealth of other peoples. In this work, Hitler portrayed Jews as intentional destroyers of the nations' intellectual elites, either through direct extermination (as in Bolshevism) or through indirect means (notably the bastardization of the races, as done in western nations)(p. 114; 231-234); all ostensibly done by the Jews in order to have unfettered rule over the masses.
But Jews weren't the only scapegoats. Hitler also had grandiose views of the Poles' great power and malevolence. He fantasized that the Poles had killed 17,000 Germans during the Silesian Uprisings (pp. 206-207). [Weinberg (p. 282) points out that the actual death toll was hundreds of Germans and Poles each]. Hitler also painted the 1928 destruction of Bismarck's statue in the city of Bydgoszcz (Bromberg), by Poles, as part of the systematic destruction of German culture (p. 206). In actuality, numerous hallmarks of German culture were spared in Poland, as indeed they are to this very day. And, considering the brutal anti-Polish and anti-Catholic character of Bismarck's policies in Prussian-occupied western Poland (as exemplified by the kulturkampf, one of the first-recorded instances of culture war), it is a wonder that the Poles had waited ten years (after their acquisition of independence) to tear it down!
For evil to succeed ,the good need only to do nothing. Feb 22, 2007
First of all,I also was surprised to see this book,wondered if it was legit,and like other reviewers hadn't come across it before. There are several excellent reviews already posted and I only regret that I had not read them all carefully before I read the book.I had many of the same thoughts ,and how others viewed many things, were likewise concerns of mine. As I was reading the book,I was surprised at the extent of Hitler's thoughts about the way things were in Germany at the end of WWI. He wrote this book in 1928, shortly after having written "Mein Kampf".It is hard to believe he was only an insignificent Corporal in WWI,dismissed as a firebrand and even jailed .His writings are unbelievably clear,whether you believe his assessment of the issues or his solutions. If you want to know where the roots of WWII originated,why "The War To End All Wars" led to WWII only 11 years later,what were Hitler's concerns and intentions,what the German people bought into,why the rest of Eorope did nothing about it, and why he gained such power and arguably had the greatest impact on the world of any individual in the 20th Century;you will find the answer in this book. Some might wonder why one should waste their time reading about a megalomaniac, who we all now know was so evil, and caused such death and destruction;and at this time nearly 80 years after it was written.The reason is the same now as it was then, and the same as it has been throughout history.One of Hitler's greatest despises was the concept of Democracy ,and the fact that weaker elements had a say in their society and that there could be any place for belief systems of a higher order than man;particularly when the people turn over their liberty and freedom,willingly or otherwise, to a dictator. The adage of "Power corrupts;total power corrupts totally" has always proved to be correct. As we look at situations around the world today,we once again see "The Seeds of Destruction" germinating, and at the same time socities who are at risk ,are playing the same games of appeasement,looking the other way,refusal to work together to confront evil,placing self interest and politics ahead of justice and understanding,and all those same things happening ,that were taking place during the decades before WWII. One reviewer suggested this book should be put on school curriculums. I agree,but that is not likely to happen;"someone might get offended" .That kind of thinking is all Evil needs to proceed.Don't expect the enlighted establishment to do what is right.It didn't happen in Europe in the 1920's and is not happening now. I am glad I found this book and read it,and I believe anyone who values their liberty and freedom will find it enlightning.