I don't visit /pol/ or anything like that but as somebody curious about history, I feel like I should ask: is there any genuine literary merit to Mein Kampf?
Has anyone on /lit/ read it? Does it give any insight into who Hitler was in terms of his motivations and personality or is it just a bunch of conspiratorial anti-semitic material? Is it actually worth reading if I'm interested in the history of Germany? Is there anything redeemable about the book that could be educational or at least psychologically revealing about the man himself?
Yeah, basically this. It should give insight into the nazi ideology that was building in prominence and maybe indicate how confident Hitler was but apart from that, I don't think I'd recommend it unless if you have a dissertation on Nazi-era Germany or something. Just download a PDF of it if you're curious.
I found it interesting solely because of its historical context. Outside of that, there's some elements where Hitler is discussing his childhood and living with his parents but that's only really a small part of the book. I don't think I'd recommend it unless if you're interested in history or if you've got an essay about hitler
Since your opinions of it seem to coincide with mine, I would like to ask you this: should I read it? I read the first ~100 pages or so; I read until he was struggling in Vienna and realised that ‘the Bolsheviks were actually Jews all along’ at which point I got bored with it. The early parts were interesting, but if I wanted to read tirades about Jews I’d just go on /pol/ – I do not mean to say that it surprised me: it did not; I pretty much expected it. Nor do I mean to say that I found it offensive and stopped reading for that reason; I just found quite dull and began to wonder why I was even reading it. If it is ‘worth it’ I can finish it. Is it?
I don't think it's really worth it, no. It would help to illustrate the full extent of Hitler's anti-semitism but honestly, we all know he didn't like the Jews and I can understand why a book containing most of his anti-semitic concerns would be a tedious read. Outside of purely academic reasons, I don't think I could recommend it.
All right. I did like the early parts about his father and his childhood, as well as the early parts of his life in Vienna. His opinions on communism were somewhat novel and interesting as well: the bit about how communists use underhanded methods to advance communism. What I found interesting was that his opinion was not that such methods are distasteful, but that they are effective, and that were an ideology with a sounder basis than that of communism employ them, it would surely defeat communism. But then he began on a long tirade about Jews. If the rest of the book is more of the former than the latter I don’t really have much of an interest in it. I might still read it one day, but it won’t be much of a priority.
Mein Kampf is written by a jew to rewrite history.
I read it. It does give a very singular description and reasoning for Nazi ideology(though the reasoning is far from excusing). It also contains some interesting stories about Hitler's youth, though some of them are lies.
Overall, though, it's not amazing from a literary standpoint and, due to the inconsistent nature of it's reliability in recounting events, it is not not useful as a historical work.