Scathing Book Reviews of Mein Kampf, by Adolf Hitler

You know, even with a site named Scathing Book Reviews, I often feel sorry for the writer who gets pilloried by bad reviews, even though getting a One Star from someone named BigTuna34JerseyBoy on Amazon isn’t the same as getting a nasty review from Michiko Kakutani.  However, in the case of Reviews of Mein Kampf, by Adolf Hitler, I’ll won’t feel a hint of guilt.

Perhaps you’ve heard of him?  Funny little mustache, black and white films, popular in the 1930s?  No, not Charlie Chaplin.  Yes, Hitler.  Some say Stalin was just as bad, but one thing you have to give to Stalin is that he just killed everybody that was against him, with no discrimination.  Stalin was just evil, while Hitler was distinguished by being both Maniacal and Evil.

While the Allies settled his hash a long time ago, and Hitler is surely paying for his crimes in the hereafter, history, in the form of the trusty Amazon reviewer, surely has the last laugh.  These Scathing Reviews of Mein Kampf say the book isn’t worth the struggle:

Talk about long winded!!! I find this a difficult read, he goes from one subject to another leaving me saying “whaaaaaat??”. Maybre I’m just a moron, got up to page 75ish & chucked. I read for pleasure, why tourture myself??!!!

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Mein Kampf is one of the most bizarre books I have ever read. The tittle, when translated into English means My Struggle. Personally, my struggle was just getting through the first half of the book!

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It should be known that while Mein Kampf was a big seller during Hitler’s reign, almost nobody outside the Party read it, it was so poorly written and obtuse. It is too bad that people read this crap and try to make its author more than what he was, an extremely lucky, but grossly ignorant man whose philosophy came from the gutters of Vienna and his inspiration from an event (WWI) that should never have happened.

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It reads like what it is, a transcribed series of demented monologes dictated by *der Adolf* while he was cooling his heels in jail after the failed Munich *putsch*. Sure it’s all in there, the Holocaust, the war, the whole schmeer, but who can wade through the morass of turgid prose to find it? Who would want to? Imagine reading a transcript of fifty drunken, disjointed, endless *speils* by your racist old uncle against Jews, bankers, Communists and whoever else he had decided to hate that day. That’s what it’s like

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Assuming, however, that the English translation is accurate, I cannot see how this maniacal idiot could have captivated otherwise intelligent and industrious people. I guess the Great Depression did strange things to people.

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hmmm…this book reads like a madman’s amphetamine-driven rants.

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its funny to read about how he admired henry ford for being anti-semitic. gosh i thought america was anti-hitler from the start, what with all the indiana jones and john wayne movies i have seen over the years.

…and finally, a reviewer who notes that while Adolf Hitler made a pretty fair homicidal would-be world destroyer, the authorial skills he displays in Mein Kampf are lacking:

No matter what you think of Hitler’s philosophy, this book is poorly written. Mr. Hitler despite his keen ability to commit a coup d’etat, run a fascist nation, and run a murderous holocaust he certaintly has trouble keeping his train of thought.

Scathing Book Reviews of Obama Nation, by Jerome Corsi

Obama Nation, by Jerome Corsi is certainly the quintessential election year book.  I don’t know if Jerome Corsi believes everything he writes, but he’s certainly a canny author.  What better way to get book sales than to write a book attacking a major presidential candidate?  You’re sure to appeal to the base of the opposing party and get a ton of air time, and the best part is, even attacks on the Obama Nation book only make it more appealing to diehard Republicans. 

As for Obama Nation itself, I confess, I ain’t gonna read it.  Not because of my personal politics, just out of my reading and media preferences.  I’ll buy books on political figures (such as the excellent multi-volume biography of Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro, and on current events, but with modern political coverage, I’ll stick to the internet. 

Let’s face it – with all the revelations, deal-making and shifts in policy that goes on in politics, a book on any active politician is out of date the moment its printed – with anything written about John Edwards being Exhibit A.  These Scathing Book Reviews of Obama Nation think its an abomination:

Although I am not a writer, I have had a “flash of brilliance” about a book that Mr. Jerome Corsi could write next. It would be titled “Crackpot Nation” and would be about himself.

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Whether you support McCain or Obama, this book is complete junk…it is a low-class smear job masquerading as journalism. Do your homework voters, and research both candidates. But don’t waste your time or money on trash like this.

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Just when you that the Birchers had faded into a distant nightmare, their child crawls out from under a rock.

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Where’s the best place to check out the conspiracy theories of Jerome Corsi? You will often find him on AM talk radio’s Coast to Coast AM, home of UFO buffs, exorcists and psychics. That should give you some idea of what to expect with this book…

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This book is worth $1 mainly for its paper weight.

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Why would anybody waste their money purchasing this book? If you’re pro-Obama, send the money to his campaign instead. If you’re pro-McCain, send it to the McCain campaign. If you like this author and think his work is accurate, send it to the Flat Earth Society.

 

…and from what I hope is an Ironic Reviewer:

I guess it’s okay to slander someone in the name of politics. Corsi is a mindless hack. Anyone who could possible think that such trash is credible should be given an mental status examination. Ach! Oh and by the way: John McCain wasn’t really a POW. It was all propaganda perpetuated by the military on an MGM soundstage.

 …and finally, I hope this person doesn’t answer e-mails from the “Bank of Nigeria”:

If the author couldn’t even get basic facts right — facts he could have gotten from Wikipedia or a simple Google search — then how can you trust anything in the book?

Scathing Book Reviews of “Faith of My Fathers” and more books by John McCain

Faith of My Fathers(2000) by John McCainmade a splash when it was originally published, but nothing to compare to The Audacity of Hope. On the other hand, Barack Obama’s book has yet to be turned into a TV Movieso I guess that means that John McCain, by the Kevin Bacon rule, has closer connections to Barbra Streisand than Obama.

What I didn’t know when I set out to find Scathing Book Reviews of John McCain’s book would be that McCain has written at least FIVE books, with the “co-author” Mark Salter, including:

Looking over that list, I can guess what McCain did with all the campaign slogans he didn’t use. Anyway, who would’ve thought McCain would be outpacing Obama in the book writing category? Here are some Scathing Book Reviews of John McCain books that indicate practice doesn’t make perfect:

Faith of My Fathers
Another reason as to why I did not like this book was the fact that he can write an entire chapter about what he did to occupy his time in solitary confinement. That entire chapter was torture; probably worse than what he was going through.

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The real shame in ‘Faith of My Fathers’ is that McCain was involved at all; Salter’s efforts clearly demonstrate the ghostwriter’s skill, whereas J.M. has merely phoned in his oft-championed ‘trials and tribulations.’

…and this from a Howard Zinn fan, no doubt:

Bombing civilians and childern is one way to become a hero in an imperialist nation, and McCain’s name is at the top of the list when we see how these parasites of society use any opportunity to feed at the through of government. The real crime is that McCain is not still in a Vietnamese prison serving the life sentence he so richly deserves.

…and here’s a review that isn’t scathing, but worth reading:

Dag, but McCain was a buck in his youth! I could gaze at this cover for hours.

Hard Call: The Art of Great Decisions

APPARENTLY, THE AUTHOR THINKS HARD DECISIONS ARE ONLY MADE BY MEN. HE HAS 17 ‘MEN’ STORIES, TWO WOMEN STORIES AND YET THE TITLE IMPLIES HIS BOOK IS ABOUT ‘PEOPLE’; WELL, IN MY WORLD, WOMEN MAKE HARD DECISIONS EVERY DAY AND WE’RE PEOPLE TOO.

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Reminded me way too much of Polonius’s advice to his son in Hamlet, that is ‘full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse.’

Why Courage Matters

Between wonderful stories of individual courage, this treatise on courage and what causes people to react without respect to fear is totally unreadable jibberish. It makes no sense at all.

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The message is great, but it could be presented on a 3×5 card instead.

…and the obligatory political comment:

Must’ve been ghostwritten. After all, how can it be that the author of ‘Why Courage Matters : The Way to a Braver Life’ doesn’t have the courage to stand up to Karl Rove. Sad, really.

..and finally, from the “Amazon is my soapbox” crowd:

Character is Destiny

I hereby publicly condemn John’s snivelling subliminal psywar campaigns. In doing so, I publicly proclaim that he likes to seem smarter than he really is. It therefore always amuses me whenever John cracks open a thesaurus, aims for intellectualism, misses, and lands squarely in a puddle of brutish frippery.

Scathing Book Reviews of The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama

“Don’t talk about politics!” is usually good advice, but in the case of Political Books, the book reviews are so juicy that heck, why not? Today I”ll do The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama. Tomorrow I’ll do books written by John McCain. Dennis Kucinich? Uh, maybe later. Much later.

The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama probably has two kinds of readers, which lead to two kinds of book reviews.

First there’s the type who buys the book to get a closer understanding of who exactly Barack Obama is and what he stands for. Some of these are True Believers, others are undecided citizens. It’ll be interesting to see if the Barack Obama in early November bears any resemblance to the one that wrote the book…

The second group of buyers are Republicans who buy it so they can scout the opposition, and I suppose, get some Aerobic benefit. Nothing like a little “I can’t believe this #&@!” to get the blood flowing, I say.

These scathing book reviews of The Audacity of Hope are pretty audacious themselves… Check in tomorrow for John McCain!

Let me first state that I like Barack Obama. I’ve even contributed to his Presidential campaign, not easy for one who lives on Social Insecurity…Nevertheless, I’m saddened to report that “The Audacity of Hope” is so boring as to make one pray for the gift of blindness….I still like Obama and hope this book was ghost-written. If not…mere words fail me.

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I felt better when I put the book in the bottom of my trash barrel to save others from it.

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If you want to learn how to write good political propaganda, take a look at this book to see how it should be done.

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I keep this book handy in my bathroom, just in case we run out of TP

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NObama! This man will set race relations back 30-40 years. Let’s not turn the United States of America into a Marxist Obamanation.

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These reviews have more plants than a Hillary Clinton press conference.

…and from a reviewer who seems to have “texted it in”:

why pay to read of his moral superiority? obama tellsus every day on the nightly news . now, if the book had chapters on, say, how to get slumlords to finance your house… then it would be worth buying .

…and from this reviewer, who finds a tie between ‘Jackass’ and Obama that has nothing to do with the Democratic Mascot:

So, long story short, I walk into my K-Mart and see one pile with Barack Obama’s book about hope and the other pile with Jackass the Movie (nr.1) DVDs. Please, don’t get me wrong; both those are quality gifts for the right person; both bestsellers and in the cheerful and hopeful spirit of the season.

Scathing Book Reviews of Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand has produced two immortal questions. The first is “Who is John Galt?”, which the book answers. The second is “How the heck do you pronounce ‘Ayn'”? The book is over 1000 pages long, and can be seen primarily as an expression of political philosophy rather than a true “novel”. Atlas Shrugged was Ayn Rand’s last work of fiction, and has the dubious distinction of being #13 on the list of longest novels ever written in a European Language, with 1168 pages and over 645,000 words. The audio book version is over 52 hours long. The novel has quite a following among those that share its mindset (and have the endurance), but these reviewers shrug off its reputation:

Was there ever a more vile and monstrous piece of literary excrement foisted upon the world? I don’t know of one. Rand claimed to look up to Hugo, well she must have used a very big telescope to even catch a glimpse of him.

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Considering this as a novel, it’s blessed awful. Droning prose (that goes on for FAR too long in MANY passages), and a plot that reads like a self-indulgent persecution fantasy.

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I sometimes wonder what sort of childhood abuse in her native Russia could have warped Rand so seriously.

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I shrugged when I read it. The English looked like it had been fed through Babelfish and had passed through Mongolian, Kurdish and Quechua before being reluctantly returned to English. Unbelievable that someone could deliberately write anything so turgid.

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Ms. Rand attempts to make up in volume what she lacks in talent, and that makes for a series of very tedious evenings for the casual reader.

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Reading Ayn Rand is like hitting onself over the head with a brick: it feels better when you stop.

…and from the Department of Similies:

Rand is all energy but no fire. All blabber but no meaning. All tedium with no release. Like a word processor on auto-mode spewing lines of prose at random. Like a public address system describing how to operate an internal combustion engine.

Scathing Book Reviews of 1984, by George Orwell

1984 by George Orwell was once broadly viewed as a warning of things to come in a possible future. Now its seen, more correctly, as a criticism of forms of both thinking and political behavior, specifically of the Soviet Union, but of all governments in general. I read it simply because back in 1984, it seemed the thing to do, and I’m glad I did it. These reviewers? Not so much:

The plot is fairly simplistic but with redundant lines. “Oceania has always been war with Eastasia.” “Freedom is slavery.” “Big Brother is watching you.” In other words, it was nothing but a lot of nonsensical fillers.

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Orwell is one of the most overrated novelists of this century. He’s nothing more nor less than a second-rate hack who profiteered by preying on the worst fears of modern man. Today, his book is the modern bible of the paranoid disgruntled white male…

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I reccommend this book to people who are willing to sit threw some boring parts and who love science fiction.

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This book was an overrated classic and a big fat FLUB!

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1984 might have been scary 100 years ago, but not now. If you like reading about old people think they are beating the system by saving a PAPERWEIGHT, then by all means…

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Great attitude George… Let’s try to be a little more optomistic, and work on a happier ending, shall we?

…and this review from a Happy Citizen:

Something like that could never happen in my country I’m happy in communist China

100 People Who are Screwing Up America, by Bernard Goldberg

100 People Who are Screwing Up America…and Al Franken is #37 by Bernard Goldberg is a book that has a fairly equal balance of 5 Star and 1 Star reviews. Conservatives go out of their way to praise it. Liberals go out of their way to denigrate it. I don’t know if writing that kind of book is a great way to help the country, but it certainly gets one’s attention and drives books sales! If you came here for Scathing Reviews, this is the right book for it:

The 101st would be the one on the cover.

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Blah blah blah liberals hate America blah blah gansta rap blah blah radical feminists blah blah token conservatives thrown into list to make it appear non-partisan blah blah in my day, things were different… blah blah traditional values. Blah.

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This book is tailor made for those who subscribe to People magazine. This gossipy, nasty, vile spew comes from the mind of a troubled person who devoted precious months of his limited time on earth to vilifying a hundred people in print.

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Sorry Bernie, but you made a terrible book. Stick to your Real Sports gig. You are great at that!

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Goldberg doesn’t have any brainstorms here, just light drizzles. Put away the umbrella and the book.

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He’s the right wing Eric Alterman……..that’s not a good thing.

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If you feel uncomfortable having to think all the time, purchase this book and give yourself a brake.

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The writing is also amateurish, filled with more nasty name-calling (even his so-called good friends don’t escape notice that yes, he is better than they are) and finger pointing than any real answers or revelations.

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The whole enterprise struck me as pretty mean-spirited cut and paste job.

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Sometimes I wonder why I force myself to read crap like this.

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This book should be named “I’ll do anything to win the love and honor of the republican party.”

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…a book written by a right-wing nut for other right-wing nuts.

Even so, one reviewer pointed out something that the majority of Americans can agree on:

But he is right on one hand… Barbara Streisand is REALLY screwing up America.