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3.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 5 3.45 (11 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry Louis Mencken Narrator: Charlton Griffin Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN:
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Mention the name of Friedrich Nietzsche almost anywhere and you are apt to receive a strong emotional response, either negatively or positively. Few persons will say they have no opinion. And for good reason. Employing some of the most withering attacks and scathing criticism conceivable against, among other things, Christianity, education, government, Wagner, and the judicial systems of his day, Nietzsche was a one-man wrecking ball of European society in the latter half of the 19th century.

In this fine and clearly written combination of biography and analysis, famed Baltimore writer H. L. Mencken manages to distill the life and philosophy of Nietzsche so that any layman can become acquainted with this odd German philosopher. And odd he most certainly was. Born into a family of Polish extraction, Nietzsche was never completely comfortable in the smug, religiously conservative bourgeoise German society he grew up in. Rebellion quickly followed manhood. Brilliant from the outset, Nietzsche soon made his mark with Human, all too Human. He never looked back. First published in 1908, Mencken's critical work has been a valuable reference to the life and work of Nietzsche ever since. Many persons will find the demeaning references to women and minorities reprehensible, as they are. But it is important to keep in mind that Mencken's attitudes were typical for most Americans of his day. But the patient listener will, in the end, be rewarded by a much fuller and more rounded understanding of a philosopher some still consider to have been insane. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tim Shores | 9/18/2013

    " it's important to read Mencken if you want to understand the genealogy of the American Badass: he embodies the good, rugged freethinking, and the rotten bigotry, of American detachment. he also provides the most boring interpretation of Nietzsche that i've ever read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carlos Burga | 7/21/2013

    " I would have prefered a more modern analysis of his philosophy that would have addressed the misuse that the Nazis gave to his ideas, but this what I found. Not necesserily bad for the 1910s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rich Merritt | 7/16/2013

    " The writing is superb. Mencken evaluated Nietzsche by the standards of 1908 before the 20th Century had a chance to take Nietzschian philosophy to its horrifying ends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 10/29/2011

    " Mencken was a wit himself (he is credited w/ the quote "No one ever became poor underestimating the stupidity of the American middle-class"). This is one of the earliest bio's on Nietchze and witty (as expected), but serious where seriousness is needed. Now, on to reading more actual Nietchze. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 9/23/2011

    " He demonstrates Nietzche clearer than Nietzsche. If you're curious about Nietzsche than I suggest you read this first. It was my catalyst into reading most of Nietzsche and understanding him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niels Jensen | 9/23/2011

    " Well-written. A good place to start if you are curious about Nietzsche. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Rafferty | 7/5/2011

    " Good, a summary of Nietzsche, so let that be known, not a work of himself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Blue Caeruleus | 5/20/2011

    " I was dissapointed to encounter all the racism and sexism in this book, but I was surprised to find that the ideas of the "master class" and the "slave class" were not what I expected them to be. Altogether an interesting read, though I think it pales in comparison to Walter Kaufmann. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rich | 12/14/2010

    " The writing is superb. Mencken evaluated Nietzsche by the standards of 1908 before the 20th Century had a chance to take Nietzschian philosophy to its horrifying ends. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carlos | 6/29/2010

    " I would have prefered a more modern analysis of his philosophy that would have addressed the misuse that the Nazis gave to his ideas, but this what I found. Not necesserily bad for the 1910s. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 10/9/2008

    " He demonstrates Nietzche clearer than Nietzsche. If you're curious about Nietzsche than I suggest you read this first. It was my catalyst into reading most of Nietzsche and understanding him. "

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