Sunday, January 30, 2011

One of the most important books that I have ever got 1/5th of the way through before it got really really dry and I gave up.

Well, I figured it was finally time to read this. The author is one of the most fascinating people that has ever lived and I wanted to get inside his head and find out what made him tick. I think it is is incredibly important. The book I read (as you may have guessed already) is...

Yes Mein Kamphy Chair. I would like to read an excerpt from the book for your entertainment.
"As I sit in Mein Kamphy chair I think about life. The Third Reich, the stormtroopers, Stalin, and the imminent American invasion. I don't really care though. As I sink deeper and deeper into Mein Kamphy chair I realize that taking over the world isn't important. Life would be so simple if everybody had a Kamphy chair. No wars, no conflict, just peace. I must tell Goebbels to free the concentration camps. Why did I need to be so evil? None of it should have happened. I should have just focused on helping the German people and Mein Kamphy chair. simplicity is the essence of purity." (P. 168, Hitler). Interesting right?

Alas it cannot be. It wasn't what I really read. I wish it was. Then I might have had a better day. many better days and I certainly would have finished the book. But what I read instead (as I'm sure you guessed) was

Like I said, it got really dry. Really dry. But there were still elements that fascinated me. mainly that he explains why he hated the Jewish people.

"then I came to Vienna. I was fascinated by the architecture and preoccupied with my own fate. At first I was not concerned with the classes of people in the large city Although there were already nearly two hundred thousand Jews among the two million people in Vienna, I did not see them. My eyes and mind could not grasp all the values and ideas in the first few weeks. Only when I began to settle in did I begin to look more closely at my new world and see the busy scene more clearly. That's when I encountered the Jewish Question. (P. 80, Hitler)

He goes on to say that he, at first had no animosity towards the Jews and "at first saw only the religious aspect" he even was opposed to religious attacks of them. "The tone of the anti-semitic press in Vienna seemed unworthy of of the cultural tradition of such a great people" (80). He also says that he knew of all of the attacks against Jews in the middle ages and how he had no desire to see that repeated. However, he slowly starts to doubt his stance regarding the Jews. He begins to doubt his beliefs about them and he buys anti-semitic pamphlets. He sees that they are not quite good but he still researches anti-semitic ideas. He finds out that a lot is controlled by the Jewish people "I came to understand how it controlled the press, the influence in art, in literature, and in theater. All their slimy declarations now meant little or nothing. It was enough to look at one of the billboard pillars and study the names credited for the awful movie or theatrical presentations in order to be fully convinced of the Jewish problem" (84) He then goes on to describe his full blown hatred of the Jewish People calling them "An intellectual pestilence worse than the Black Death of ancient days"  (84). He then goes on to describe how horrible they are for at least 5 more pages. So basically, he hates them because he thinks that they are ruining society because they control most aspects of it. Pretty horrible stuff huh?

So, now that you know all of that, which book would you rather read? This...
Or this.
P.S, not this one


  1. Nice book review-ish. Never really wanted to read this. Sort of like The Communist Manifesto; it's a classic in it's own special sort of way. I'm sure you got many uncomfortable glances carrying this down the sidewalk.

    Mein Kanphy Chair. Classic stuff...

  2. Yep he wrote books. Unfortunately, Mein Kampfy chair was no one. @ OTRS, I wasn't dumb enough to carry it around in the open.

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