That Forbidden Book

I’m listening to this infamous book by Adolph Hitler, “Mein Kampf,” and so far it is rather interesting. I don’t know exactly what I expected to hear from this despised manifesto of anti-semitism, but it turns out not to be the incoherent ravings of a mad-man. In fact, it’s sort of absorbing. Hitler in his own words discloses his dreary up-bringing and his thought development over time. His insightful observations on life and politics are fascinating, and actually quite familiar-sounding for our own day.

Supposedly freedom of speech is a fundamental right, but nevertheless I have had an uneasy guilty feeling listening to these files, like somebody is about to walk-in and arrest me for thought-crime or something.  So I’ve downloaded the files and started listening while driving – but the mild sense of paranoia is still with me and I keep cautiously glancing in the rear-view mirror as if subconsciously expecting to get “caught” at any moment. Perhaps only the Bible has generated more propaganda about it’s “inherent danger” than has this book.

Anyhow, the book is highly controversial, and the author one of the most famous personalities in modern times, so for these reasons alone I feel obliged to listen just to find out what all the fuss is about.

I’m only on the second part right now, and probably I’ll have formed more of an opinion once I reach the end, but up to this point it has kept my attention and given me plenty to think about.

If you dare to listen, here are the files:

Update: Apparently the ending section is missing or incomplete. Here is a link to find the remaining section(s) that were completed by a different narrator.