Mein Kampf

Mein Kampf

Book - 1999
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"In 1922, just four years after the war to end all wars, an unknown Austrian then living in Bavaria planned a pamphlet to be called Settling Accounts. In it he intended to attack the ineffectiveness of the dominant political parties in Germany which were opposed to the new National Socialists (Nazis). In November 1923, Adolf Hitler was jailed for the abortive Munich Beer Hall putsch along with men willing and able to assist him with his writing. With the help of these collaborators, chief among them Rudolf Hess, the pamphlet became a book. Settling Accounts became 'Mein Kampf,' an unparalleled example of muddled economics and history, appalling bigotry, and an intense self-glorification of Adolf Hitler as the true founder and builder of the National Socialist movement. It was written in hate and it contained a blueprint for violent bloodshed. When Mein Kampf was published in 1925, it was a failure. In 1926 a second volume appeared--it was no more successful than the first. People either laughed at it or ignored it. They were wrong to do so. As Hitler's power increased, pressure was put on all party members to buy the book. Gradually this pressure was extended to all elements of the German population. Soon 'Mein Kampf' was even being passed out to newlywed couples as a gift. Ironically, and frighteningly, by the time Hitler came to power on January 30, 1933, what has been considered by many to be the most satanic book ever written was running neck and neck with the Bible at the top of the German bestseller lists. In his excellent introduction to this definitive American translation of 'Mein Kampf,' Konrad Heiden writes: "For years Mein Kampf stood as proof of the blindness and complacency of the world. For in its pages Hitler announced--long before he came to power--a program of blood and terror in a self-revelation of such overwhelming frankness that few among its readers had the courage to believe it... That such a man could go so far toward realizing his ambitions, and--above all--could find millions of willing tools and helpers; that is a phenomenon the world will ponder for centuries to come." We would be wrong in thinking that such a program, such a man, and such appalling consequences could not reappear in our world of the present. We cannot permit our selves the luxury of forgetting the tragedy of World War II or the man who, more than any other, fostered it. Mein Kampf must be read and constantly remembered as a specimen of evil demagoguery that people whenever men grow tired of thinking and acting for themselves. Mein Kampf is a blueprint for the age of chaos. It transcends in historical importance any other book of the present generation. In his translation Ralph Manheim has taken particular care to give an exact English equivalent of Hitler's highly individual, and often awkward style, including his occasional grammatical errors. We believe this book should stand as the complete, final, and definitive English version of Hitler's own story of his life, his political philosophy, and his thwarted plans for world domination. Translated by Ralph Manheim with an introduction by Konrad Heiden. A compilation of Hitler's most famous prison writings of 1923--the bible of National Socialism and the blueprint for the Third Reich."
Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Company, c1999.
ISBN: 9780395925034
Call Number: BIOGRAPHY
Characteristics: xxi, 694 p. ; 21 cm.
Subjects: Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945 -- Psychology.
Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei.
Nazi propaganda.
Germany -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Additional Contributors: Manheim, Ralph 1907-1992.


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Jun 14, 2020

Thank you Hitler, very cool! Good stuff!

Feb 26, 2020

Why anyone would praise this bunch of bullshit is beyond me!

Jan 27, 2020

The author sounds pretty cool, he should like become a chancellor or something

Oct 31, 2019

Actually a very interesting read. Reading this book is absolutely necessary if you want to understand Hitler and his policies. Although almost everything he endorses in this book is absolutely horrible, reading it helps you understand Hitler better.

Sep 27, 2019

Favorite book of trump and his loyal base. All his supporters are traitors to our country. This is what happens when the uneducated start believing fox news propaganda.

Jul 23, 2019

Most negative Mein Kampf comments are posted by people already brainwashed against Hitler and cannot see through that prejudice.

Jul 16, 2019

The author of this one is a genius

Apr 03, 2019

What an intresting read

Jan 11, 2019

i love his idealogy

Apr 17, 2018

So, something people need to understand is that it was written by Hitler, who was a lunatic. The 1 star ratings don't mean anything... this deserves 5 stars because it allows us normal civilians to understand more profoundly Hitler's ideologies on a new standard. I don't agree with Hitler, but it's always interesting to understand how these dictators think.

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