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Mein Kampf: The Ford Translation Audiobook

Mein Kampf: The Ford Translation

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Publisher's Summary

For the first time in 65 years, a modern, easy to understand, truly complete, and uncensored edition of Mein Kampf has been released, which reveals more than any past translation. This is also the first translation available in an English language audio format.

Older translations altered passages, omitted passages, mistranslated Hitler's words, and made some parts more sensational while concealing the true meaning of other parts of the book. If you have read one of those older translations of Mein Kampf, then you have not read the real Mein Kampf, which is found only in the Ford Translation.

Mein Kampf is often portrayed as nothing more than an anti-Semitic work; however, only six percent of it references the Jews. The rest contains Hitler's ideas and beliefs about a greater nation and his plan for accomplishing that goal. He outlines his plans for not only world conquest, but the conquest of the universe. The majority of the work involves Hitler's discussion of the German people's difficult times after the First World War, his political theories, and his organization of the Nazi Party, as well as many attacks against his enemies.

Mein Kampf offers an interesting interpretation of politics, people, and foreign-policy matters. To characterize it as only a racist work is to oversimplify.

The Ford Translation offers:

  • The most accurate translation ever produced
  • Phrases that are translated with precision and without translator bias
  • Uncommon words replaced with more common and meaningful terms
  • References to unfamiliar people or places explained in the text
  • All original passages and references restored, including passages omitted from other common translations

This translation has corrected over 1,000 errors present in past translations and is the only edition so thoroughly researched and verified that it required a separate book (Mein Kampf: A Translation Controversy) to document the changes and corrections made.

©2009 Elite Minds Inc (P)2009 Elite Minds Inc

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    Garyfmp Australia 11/09/2016
    Garyfmp Australia 11/09/2016
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    "Well narrated, and interesting insight"

    Helps join the dots with what AH was thinking at the time, the footnotes help clearly explain what the author assumed everyone at the time would know. Can get tedious at times but I believe the narrator did a great job expressing the true feelings of the author and keeping you interested.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 31/03/2016
    Aaron 31/03/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Great historic insight"

    This is a great historic insight into what was going on in Germany at the time and into Hitlers mind.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Koda 21/03/2017
    Koda 21/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Glad I listened to it."

    It's tough to deal with the feelings I have from listening to this book. The main one is that I think primary sources from both sides of history are essential. To know the thought processes that went into the NSDAP and the Germany that took the world to war is valuable. Relevant too with the nationalism developing in today's world.

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    hans 27/09/2016
    hans 27/09/2016
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    "Horrible narrator,"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Possibly interesting book - but the narrator and his British accent - takes away lots from a neutral feel for the book. Dont waste your time with this one.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No value whatsoever - it is going back !


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tigershark 23/02/2015
    Tigershark 23/02/2015
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    "Confusing"

    Historically relevant writing not to be forgotten in order to remind political leaders of the present and future what can happen when a mad man achieves power.

    The book was painfully long. A psychologist's delight. A disjointed collation of random ramblings.
    The man was said to be a good speaker. Albeit a terrible writer.

    A warning from history.

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful
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  • Jim
    Holland, TX, United States
    27/03/14
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    "Adolf Thought He Had it Figured"

    For years I've wondered what this book was like. I finally read the thing. I'm glad I waited because this is a down-to-earth, plebian translation with good footnoted explanations of obscure stuff. The narration, by an Englishman, is quite nice.
    There are some fancy-shmansy phrases to explain its methods of persuasion. What strikes me as foremost is "logical fallacies," which is when a person presents chains of logic that wander off into error. Adolph inked a lot of these, despite the book framing him as an exceptional thinker who studied, pondered, and experienced much of life. Hitler never declares himself a genius but hints at it several times.
    Here is one example of Hitler's questionable chain of thoughts—Germany has an exploding population; there is a ratio of how many persons a country's lands can support; German expansion inside of Europe is therefore necessary; but Germany is hemmed in by crowded Western countries wishing it ill; Germany's destiny lies to the east where open agricultural land may be populated with German blood; if Germans rid themselves of limiting philosophical shackles, and use their extraordinary blood-borne gifts of force and intelligence, they will take these lands and finally create Greater Germany. His thinking moves point-by-point towards (what we now know was) the cliff's edge. Here is another example—At the center of powerful countries has always been transplanted Arian/Nordic rulers; until Slavic Revolutionaries shot them, Russia had such a Germanic cadre who exercised some skill in governing the country; Russia is now ruled by inferior-blooded Slavs and Jews without the aptitude to govern; Russia's manufacturing base, under Jewish/Communist/Slavic hegemony, is not likely increase or modernize; making an ally of Russia is an idiot's action. Reason-following-reason, Adolf moves on to a mistaken conclusion.
    During his time as a Viennese drifter before WW1, Hitler obviously spent time in libraries. The book's pseudo-scholarly conceits echo this as well as the earlier pedantry of German public schools. He name-drops people and events in Hellenistic history. Still, there is no denying that he possessed a truly extraordinary gift for public speaking. Der Fuehrer rose to influence in Germany during a profound vacuum of leadership. Aristotle would call his appearance kairos: in the right place at the right time, saying the right things to the right audiences. Speaking (he writes) for hours, extemporizing brilliantly to the distressed citizens of the Weimar Republic who crowded in to hear him, it is understandable why his message of regained self-esteem and bright hope for the future struck sparks. Here is another fancy term important to the book—subjective validation. That's when a person gives legitimacy to ideas even as idiosyncratic as Hitler's National Socialism, because something inside needs them to be correct. No doubt a fair number of angry and miserable Germans internally legitimized the book's questionable reasoning out of collective emotional need.
    Of course, some in Germany were already captivated by the other great logical fallacy of the era that also promised Eden: Communism. Hitler writes a lot about physical confrontations with the Reds, their tactics, what their propaganda did right and what it did wrong. NSDAP members, he writes, were always ready to brawl with Communists and never backed up, even when out-numbered. By the 1920s, Hitler writes, he became a "master propagandist" who usurped the color red from his great adversary's camp for NSDAP ceremonies, and personally designed the swastika flag.
    One expects anti-Semitic harangues in Mein Kampf, and they are there, but not as much as expected. They increase in the later, added chapters from 1924. Lil' Adolph's line of anti-Jew argument goes something like—Jews are a nation without land, hence they favor multi-nationalism over patriotism; they stay in touch with one another and act in concert to subvert nations; they plot to bring Germany down and rule it, just as they did Russia, through Communism; Jews work to undermine a state's proper functioning to gain power; a reason for legislative bad decisions and sloth is Jewish influence in the Reichstag; the source of the bad reputations of German Racist parties (there were a number of them) is Jewish-controlled newspapers; Jews have inferior blood and wish to breed with Germans to assimilate blood-borne superiority, in time destroying the Arian through dilution; Jews cannot afford National Socialist success because it would wreck their centuries-old plan of infiltration and a hidden rise to power, to rule over the rubble they created. Judaism, Hitler writes, is the "enzyme of decomposition." It is ironic that the supposed Jewish plan to bring a country down and rule over its ruble is exactly what Hitler and his comrades did to Germany by 1945.
    Mein Kampf is worth the reading; I got a better idea of who Hitler actually was. While it's true assistants jotted down his dictation then re-worked it, you can still hear his "voice" in its paragraphs. He was not wrong in everything he complained about, by the way. He was certainly no coward but a genuine war hero. He was a dynamic speaker, adroit propagandist, a Machiavellian manipulator of subordinates, someone who correctly monitored the demeanor of crowds. He was at the same time an eccentric philosopher whose speculative, crackpot ideas were frightening. He was a bright man with strange ideas conceived while living in isolation. One day, low and behold, he actually ran the country and put his "insights" into practice. Within six years of gaining power his country began floundering. But, that's in later books.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • margot
    new york, NY, United States
    20/10/13
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    "Annoying Pop-Ups"

    There are many things wrong with this book. It appears that Michael Ford did not do a real translation at all, he merely rewrote a new paraphrase based on the earlier, faulty, editions, and self-published it through a print-on-demand scheme. Nothing wrong with that if his intention was to create a readable, rationalized edition with the Murphy and Manheim errors corrected. Alas Ford doesn't even write or proofread English very well, and makes a bad situation worse. He has some bizarre and novel 'translations' of phrases that do not require translation, for example the newspaper 'Volkischer Beobächter', which he turns into 'The Race Watcher.' If you must translate a title like that, something like 'People's Observer' or 'Populist Observer' or even 'Folkish Observer' might be acceptable, but there's no excuse for 'Race Watcher.' (Prof. Randall Bytwerk has written extensively on this and other translation problems, and you should Google that name if you wish to know more.)

    What is annoying about the Audible edition is that the translator's footnotes and interlineations pop up frequently and annoyingly, often giving bad information. There should be some way of turning these off, as you turn off pop-ads in a web browser.

    20 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Watertown, ma, United States
    24/08/15
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    ""Pearls before swine"?"

    I'm happy there's finally an audio version of Mein Kampf. Sadly, it's this one. I can't speak to the controversy surrounding the translation. I *can* speak to the narration. Or rather "narrations". The translation this is based on "helpfully" includes explanations of some of the references Hitler uses. There are three problems with this. The biggest of which is that in order to do this, they switch to a different narrator, a woman whose voice grates. This seems like it was an afterthought since the transition sounds abrupt and jarring. The main narrator gets cut off in mid-sentence for the explanation and then the narration just as abruptly resume. The second is that the two narrators can't even agree on pronunciation. There should really only be one way to pronounce a German name. That's not the case here and it casts serious doubt on the reputation of the audiobook. Most annoyingly, the inserted explanations assume you're an idiot. Do you really need to explain the meaning of "Pearls before swine"? "Recalcitrant"? Is that really such a "hard" word?

    The main narrator does a decent job, He sounds convincingly thuggish though sometimes he seems like he's on the verge of laughing when laughter isn't appropriate. The insert narrator...dear lord...she reminds me of pre-Higgins Eliza Doolittle.

    For those who've wanted to listen to this it's your only option on Audible and beggars can't be choosers. (This means that you can't really complain about the situation you're in because there's no other choice than to be in that situation.)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Panda
    Rowlett, TX, United States
    14/02/13
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    "A great translation of a masterpiece of mess!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Difficult to follow. Although the original is approaching 90 years old. Please take that into account when purchasing this book. I recommend brushing up on your European history in the early 20th century before tackling this novel. I rate myself an amateur historian and I had some difficulty keeping up with some of the lunatic ranting's. I feel that had I known more about the period in Europe from 1900-1930, I may have taken more from this book. The translation did explain many of the questionable names and events. This helped greatly. When I finished, I wanted to immediately go out and purchase a book covering the early period in Hitler's life.


    What could Adolf Hitler and Michael Ford (translator) have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Adolf Hitler could have died and never written this mess. Michael Ford did a wonderful job in his translation. Outstanding!


    What about James Smith’s performance did you like?

    James Smith was great. He added personality to the translation as if he were the madman himself.


    Was Mein Kampf: The Ford Translation worth the listening time?

    Definitely so. Brush up on your European history in the early 20th century before hand though.


    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Raymond Kirkpatrick
    29/10/12
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    "Interesting insight into a modernist mind"

    The book reveals the self righteous state of mind Hitler was in after WW I wanting someone to blame and being obssesed as a German about their greatnest. Which gives insight into why he found it fairly easy to swing the popular support behind himself and the Nazi party.
    Its scary to see simmilar people and ideas still bouncing around the world sphere even today.

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Robert McKee
    Clinton, OH United States
    4/04/13
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    "Story vs Hype"

    The book didn't read like the psychotic I was taught that Hitler was. I do not care for the guy but it seems that his thinking was not that far off of the general thinking of the late 1800's, I have seen Carnegie say some of the same things about England. I guess it was the implementation that really went wrong.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Grady
    26/05/16
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    "Great reading, "

    Great reading easy to listen. I really enjoyed the footnotes. I have a completely new understanding of Adolf Hitler.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    aptos, CA, USA
    23/03/13
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    "This is a very good translation and easy read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this to several friends who read a lot of European History and were not aware there was a new translation available.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The author gives a very good prologue telling us that had this book been read earlier by the countries and people it came to affect they would have been all the wiser for it. He says it will not change nor give you prejudices you don't already have. I agree. Hitler did not have any compelling reasoning behind his prejudices that were very convincing. The book was not 'written' by Hitler. It was done in a speech format as someone transcribed his words. Also, This translation is comprehensive and well researched. Where there are references to old cities, historical persons from Prussia, Greek or Roman history or treaties or etc. Mr. Ford's researchers immediately fill you in with the details. Mr. Ford tells us that several dictators have read this book since Hitler's time. I found Hitler's thoughts and ideas on the youth and thier health especially interesting considering the year this was first written, 1927. The German law stated that men must be 21 and women 18 years of age to wed. He wanted the age lowered partially to decrease the need for prostitution. He felt teens should get two hours of exercise daily along with fresh air. He had some good ideas on health and fitness. In other areas his thoughts were rather bizarre, however, until I read this I'd only heard bad things about it. That made me want to read it all the more. Thanks Mr. Ford for making it comprehendable. Now everyone else, pick it up, so you can put it down.


    What does James Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Smith has an interesting voice. He keeps you alert and wanting to hear more.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Years ago I was in Vienna and went to the Museum where Hitler first applied to art school. There was a Bosch triptych on display. Bosch's art is so bizarre compared to Hitler's quiet building and landscape designs. Hitler tells his own life story in Mein Kampf and speaks of his interest in the arts.


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Ike Green
    13/10/16
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    "Excellent translation. Vary interesting "read"."

    I found this to be vary informative, and interesting. It brings to light who Hitler was, and how he acted/thought and ultimately ruled the Third Reich

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tracy
    10/04/16
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    "Voice Review"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. The man's voice was very calming and easy to understand. I, however didn't enjoy the girls voice. It comes every once in while to explain further about something but she was fairly louder then the guys and to me a bit annoying. She just ruins the nice tempo and calming of his voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Paula
    Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
    23/12/12
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    "My Understanding"

    I guess that like most people I was unsure whether a book by Hitler (Mein Kampi) would be really suitable, however I would like to say with an open mind that this audio delivers an informative and intellectual insight into the struggles of European economic and strategic policy from all perspectives.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Norrie
    15/10/15
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    "Wow!"

    A must read or listen, this gives you a better understanding. Absolutely incredible.. Be prepared!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Sydney, Australia
    31/07/14
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    "Worth listening to for the historic value"

    This book was a hard listen but gave a great insight into the man and the politics. It certainly gave me an insight to what the events leading up to the darker days were. There are many lessons to be learnt from this book to ensure that we are aware how damaging one highly intelligent man can be and the thin line between genius and madness.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Omotola Alade
    1/12/16
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    "a man disillusioned "

    hes frequently wrong and very biased in his opinions. mostly in his assesment of black peoples roles and the jews. however this man understands the fundamentals of a state and the purpose which is an idea lost to modern day politicians. to the essence of it it shows the powrr of will.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Je suis Charlie
    directly above the centre of the earth
    3/05/17
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    "Hitler Did Something Wrong."

    At the start of this translation we are told, more or less, that it isn't all about racism and killing Jews. Honestly I have to disagree. Long sceptical of the official or commonly received narrative I was actually surprised to find that most of it is, in fact, when you get right down to it, all about racism and killing Jews. In each chapter the Fuhrer grumbles about something he considers wrong with the world, and finishes each chapter by reminding us that is is, of course, all the fault of the Jews. Antisemitism is a common theme throughout the book which Hitler returns to with great frequency. In one chapter, he complains about communism, and blames it on the Jews, in another, the economy, and blames it on the Jews. The first chapter is perhaps the most surprising. He details his own theory of propaganda, then tells the reader that if they find such methods distasteful, they should bear in mind that of course Jews invented it, and he is really just using their own weapons against them. He also talks in this chapter about the need to make it look as if all your enemies are just one enemy, so as not to make your followers feel overwhelmed, or as if they might be in the wrong if so many other groups disagree with them. This is almost a tacit admission, right at the start of the book, that he is just using Jews for this very purpose, as a scape goat. It also seems odd to open a propagandising book with a chapter that tells you all the techniques that are about to be used on you. I'm inclined to agree with historian William L. Shirer that if every German who diligently bought Mein Kampf, and made Hitler a millionaire in the process, had actually read it, he would not have come to power. I give this this book a high review because the translation was easy to understand, and explained obscure references to Wagnerian operas and other things the reader may be unfamiliar with. The book itself is not so impressive. It seems Hitlers skill as an author did not live up to his skill as an orator. Churchill said of Mein Kampf "It is the new Quran of war and politics. Verbose, turgid, yet pregnant with it's message." Having read both books I think this is unfair to Mein Kampf, it was not so much of a chore to get through, but not I think what convinced Germans to support him. You should not feel concerned about being brainwashed by this rather pedestrian book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lee Calladine
    Derby
    21/04/17
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    "Leader or lunatic?"

    Great story and insight into the time prior to the war. It is without a doubt that the Allies seeked to destroy Germany and had alliances been different the world could be a very different place. Germany in the end did get their way, as they are now a world power.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carl Chivers
    8/03/17
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    "Amazing"

    There is a lot that can be learned from this book. Much of it is even relevant now. It should not be dismissed as just history nor ignored because of the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thuso
    25/02/17
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    "Thuso Dladla
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    one of the best books ever written.
    Hitlers observations are too profound. There are some incidences I came across but never could relay and this book nelped me clarify that point. There is nothing evil about this book.
    Its geounded opinions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anders Johansson
    17/01/17
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    "Interesting"

    Interesting book. But It can get quite slow from time to time. I can recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about Hitler.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mr dean sommerville
    Scotland
    26/10/16
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    "Great read"

    Loved it.
    Should be listened to, he says things then that's happening now. All the history been told at school regarding the world wars now in doubt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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