A borish account of Austria's most prominent citizen seizing power. It's nearly unreadable, 800 pages dripping with pathos.
Before the internet, it wasn't that easy obtaining a copy here in Germany. Of course, that made the reading just more intriguing. And it wasn't just illegal, it was totally verboten. Only mentioning it in school made you per se a Nazi. Most people here are sensitive about that stuff.
But back to the book:
I think it's not really good written. It shows no signs of "genius" or "evil mastermind". Although it does show that this guy really had an agenda. Nobody should say he wasn't really aware off all the tragic things that came to pass therafter-he wrote them precisely down. Every married couple got a free copy.
What the book and this thread also show is people's tendancy to think too highly of him. He clearly was no genius. And he wasn't insane. You don't need to have a special mind to hate. And this is the real freightening part of the history lesson: there doesn't have to be some anti-messias for unspeakable acts to happen.
This piece of shit, who was considered by his World War companions a freak, who originally wanted to make a living by producing shoddy paintings, who fantasized about belonging to a supreme race, was just at the right time at the right place, to put it simple - in no way he was a mastermind or insane (that is, at least in the beginning of his reign).