Enigma Books, New York, New ed., 2000. Xxxix + 746 pp. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Tiny bump to foot of cover resulting in repair to edge of d.j., o/w Nr.FINE. One of the most significant documents of recent history, this book records the private, off the record, informal conversations of Hitler which reveal far more about the man than do his speeches or letters which are too public and oriented. Here is a startling account of Hitler freely talking about his enemies, his friends, his ambitions, his failures, his secret dreams – voicing his thoughts to intimate associates. Miraculously, Martin Bormann persuaded Hitler to let these talks be taken down by a team of specially picked shorthand writers. Hitler had intended, after his infamous tyranny, to use these notes as source material for the books he planned to write about the glory of the Thousand-Year Reich. Now we have the inner recesses of Hitler’s mind – crude, narrow, ill-educated and lacking humanity but we also see that he was (as he himself knew) a political genius, a terrible simplifier, a man who, with no equipment except his own will power, personality and ideas, attempted to bring mankind into a terrible darkness. UNCOMMON.