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Mein Kampf (Ralph Manheim translation)
     

Mein Kampf (Ralph Manheim translation)

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by Adolf Hitler, Ralph Manheim (Translator), Konrad Heiden (Introduction)
 

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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

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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.

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"For years, Mein Kampf stood as proof of the blindness and complacency of the world. 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 had the courage to believe it...That such a man could go so far toward realizing his ambitions--that is a phenomenon the world will ponder for centuries to come." -- Konrad Heiden, author of Der Fuhrer: Hitler's Rise to Power
James Gerard
Vitally interesting. . . . It is with sadness, tinged with fear for the world's future, that we read Hitler's hymn of hate against that race which has added so many names to the roll of the great in science, in medicine, in surgery, in music and the arts, in literature and all uplifting human endeavor. -- Books of the Century; New York Times review, October 1933
Anti-Defamation League
“Mein Kampf” was Hitler's blueprint for what later became his war for world domination and for the extermination of the Jews. Written eight years before he assumed power in Germany, the book lays it all out: his megalomania, his conspiratorial obsession with Jews and his lust for power. For all who claimed they didn't know, all they had to do was read “Mein Kampf” to know of Hitler's evil intentions.

For racists and anti-Semites the world over, “Mein Kampf” remains a holy book. For more information: Click here

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395925034
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Pages:
720
Sales rank:
59,540
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.74(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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"For years, Mein Kampf stood as proof of the blindness and complacency of the world. 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 had the courage to believe it...That such a man could go so far toward realizing his ambitions—that is a phenomenon the world will ponder for centuries to come."—Konrad Heiden, author of Der Fuhrer: Hitler's Rise to Power

Meet the Author

Adolf Hitler (20 April 1889 - 30 April 1945) was an Austrian-born German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party (NSDAP), Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945, and Führer ("leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. He was effectively dictator of Nazi Germany, and was at the centre of World War II in Europe and the Holocaust. Hitler was a decorated veteran of World War I. He joined the precursor of the NSDAP, the German Workers' Party, in 1919 and became leader of the NSDAP in 1921. In 1923, he attempted a coup in Munich to seize power. The failed coup resulted in Hitler's imprisonment, during which time he dictated his autobiography and political manifesto Mein Kampf ("My Struggle"). After his release in 1924, Hitler gained popular support by attacking the Treaty of Versailles

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Mein Kampf 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
mark82 More than 1 year ago
As disturbing and dark as the ideas in this book are, we should never be afraid to learn why Hitler thought he was right to what he did. Learning from the past is our only hope in preventing this type of thinking in the future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am 17 and I went and bought this book because my history teacher was talking to my class about it. I didn't think it would be so interesting just from the beginning itself. I am actually glad I got it even though some people give me some strange faces when I have it. 'To 'learn' history means to seek and find the forces which are the causes leading to those effects which we subsequently perceive as historical events.' - Hitler And with this book, we do just that. You figure out why Hitler did what he did and possible reason's behind it.
reptar33 More than 1 year ago
This book, whether you are intrigued by Hitler or hate him, will give you an insight to his personal life while in prison.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book a thrill to read. full of insite in the background of Adolf Hitler and his family. and the rise of his power throughout the years of his miltary existence. he was a smart man, very artistic and knew alot about the world. this book has so much information that i never knew about and led me to think that he was crazy, but it was from the people he served from in war. his tatics where very futuristic and served good but the way his thoughts where on a race where very indiscribable. A age recommendation i would put would be over the age of 15. www.wwIIhitlersrise.com Clive Miller Timber Creek High School Class of 2010
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't agree more with the previous review - you have to read this to understand history and make sure we don't repeat it. Don't ban books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Mein Kampf', by Hitler, shows his deep anger at the world. He always ends up accusing the Jews for Germany's fate. This propaganda started the war in which 50,000,000 people died. His past is revealed, and we can understand from 'Mein Kampf' that Hitler was a seriously disturbed individual. 'Mein Kampf' has very advanced writing techniques, even though I had read the translated version, I can tell you it's good (If you are interested in the subject).
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was thrilling yet kind of scared me at the same time. If your into WW2 and/or interested in what Hitler was thinking its a very good book.
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Aelius More than 1 year ago
Although I may not agree with his conclusions. It has given me a deeper understanding of the man. Very interesting historic read, from his perspective.
rickyang86 More than 1 year ago
Very informative and gives details of how Hitler became antisemetic. Also how he came into power from being a soldier in WWI. I could not put this book down and finished it in about a week and a half.
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Excellent book.
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