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How does it stack up as a piece of persuasive writing?
Sometimes the things we want to ban end up actually being their own worst enemies in that they're poorly writter, unpersuasive and illustrate the writer's weaknesses.
A similar example would be the David Frost interviews with Richard Nixon (never in book form so far as I know), in which Nixon clearly revealed his obsession with power, the trappings of the presidency and just some sad personality traits.
And that not only sums up but exemplifies all one needs to know (or could ever glean) from Mein Kampf. Well, one *could* debate what might've happened in the world had Hitler's art teachers been less brutal and more encouraging of his pissy watercolors...
It was a hideous mixture of lies and narcissism.
I could only wonder how Oscar could have loved such a revolting creature.
I guess that, despite my desire to try to learn something about Hitler's ideology, I just didn't want to waste my time reading the rantings of some nutball when it really came down to it. I'd heard the book was poorly written and almost incoherent at points & I think I can probably guess what the man had to say....
you get an FBI file for buying that book?
one of my old classmates bought that, and theyre the kind of kid with straight A's and almost no demerits.
Hmm...I think I'll get off the computer now and go across the street to the bookstore.
Then again, thanks to Bush and the Patriot Act, who knows? That could be one urban legend that might come true after all.
That being said, I think I can understand how it would be useful to someone who already strongly believed what Hilter was writing-it validates alot of what they were probably feeling. It's like hearing Hagee or Fallwell or one of those guys go off on gays-it's never completely coherant, the arguments are generally wanting, but if you don't like them to begin with, you can point to someone else and say "See, I was right in my opinions."
And as far as Hitler's motivations go, no, you won't find those in the actions of his teachers. The noted psychology writer Alice Miller looked into the childhoods of Hitler and Stalin as well as some celebrated artists (Picasso, etc.) and found plenty of primal motivation for their actions in adulthood based on how they were treated by their parents. Basically, Hitler and Stalin received only brutal attention from parental authority figures in their childhoods. Picasso's childhood treatment left me quite illuminated about the symbolism in his masterwork painting Guernica, which I had not understood well before. That Alice Miller book is worth a read:
The Untouched key
Here is that book description on the author's website: