Mein Kampf

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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, ...
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Overview


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

Konrad Heiden
"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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395925034
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 720
  • Sales rank: 53,125
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph Manheim, was one of the most highly regarded literary translators of the century. Manheim specialised in translating the work of German authors, such as Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht, Gunter Grass and Hermann Hesse.
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Table of Contents

Translator's Note
Introduction
Volume 1 A Reckoning
I In the House of My Parents 3
II Years of Study and Suffering in Vienna 19
III General Political Considerations Based on My Vienna Period 66
IV Munich 126
V The World War 157
VI War Propaganda 176
VII The Revolution 187
VIII The Beginning of My Political Activity 207
IX The 'German Workers' Party' 217
X Causes of the Collapse 225
XI Nation and Race 284
XII The First Period of Development of the National Socialist German Workers' Party 330
Volume 2 The National Socialist Movement
I Philosophy and Party 373
II The State 386
III Subjects and Citizens 438
IV Personality and the Conception of the Folkish State 442
V Philosophy and Organization 452
VI The Struggle of the Early Period - the Significance of the Spoken Word 463
VII The Struggle with the Red Front 480
VIII The Strong Man Is Mightiest Alone 508
IX Basic Ideas Regarding the Meaning and Organization of the SA 518
X Federalism as a Mask 554
XI Propaganda and Organization 579
XII The Trade-Union Question 596
XIII German Alliance Policy after the War 607
XIV Eastern Orientation or Eastern Policy 641
XV The Right of Emergency Defense 668
Conclusion 688
Index 689
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  • Posted December 19, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    Great for anyone who wants to know why Hitler thought the way he did.

    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.

    45 out of 49 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2008

    don't agree, don't ban it

    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!

    25 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2008

    Interesting

    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.

    20 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

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    The Fuhrer

    This book, whether you are intrigued by Hitler or hate him, will give you an insight to his personal life while in prison.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2011

    HighlyRecommeneded

    Excellent book.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2010

    very heavy book

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2000

    Gilad's Review of Mein Kampf

    '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).

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2000

    Mad but Human

    Adolf Hitler, for all the bad that can be said about him, was also human. Just as human as anyone else on this planet. The American and European governments knew what he was doing, but refused to try to do anything about it. The Red Cross and the Vatican also looked the other way. So, in a way, Hitler's crimes were all of Humanity's crimes. A horrifying indictment of the Human Race, but more than just true. Have we really learned anything from the needlessly violent and bloody 20th Century? No, but we always like to say that we have.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 1999

    This was a very intense book!!!!!!!!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2009

    I read this in college

    Credit to the folks who translated this and assembled it. I work for a different bookseller who carries this as well, but I understand such inflammatory material can cause riots. Kudos to B&N and to my own supervisors and other booksellers for having the nerve to present a representative mix of the good and bad aspects of our human culture.

    Would rather the original author had been killed in prison, but items like this serve as good reminders to people that they don't need to go into video games or fantasy lands to find Evil. Population/Generation of people who read this thing, then elected this guy their leader, should probably have been hit with some atom bombs too. Probably be another 20 years before the last of the war criminals dies of old age. A hundred or thousand years from now, some other idiot will attempt to match this feat and I hope we have the sense to wipe him out when we see him. (In the meantime, we might quit granting clemency to inmates with violent prison records... Whether they raise an army or rape a child and kill some cops before they die, we would do well to realize evil is real.)

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2009

    If ANYONE has ANY doubts....

    If ANYONE has ANY doubts about what Hitler had in mind about 'his' future,
    they NEED to read THIS book!
    In it, he spells out EXACTLY what he wants to do. Those who read this book 'then' could not believe, or fathom, ANY ONE doing, and getting away with, what he says in this book. The book is n 'eye-opener'! It took him 2 years to 'write' this book. It became the best seller of its' time,
    except for the Bible. People had a copy in every house; it was much 'safer' to do it that way, then.
    The book will make you swear; scream; get sick; want to 'get back' at him,
    but, it is all in print.
    Want to read a book that will make you 'THINK'! Read this one.
    Again, KUDOS to the departments at B&N! Excellent job of getting the book out, and to me. My compliments, again, to them.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2008

    Hard to understand, but a great read.

    I'm a 16 year old high school student, and I absolutely love history- preferably WWII. I recieved this book as a gift from my teacher because we share similar interests, and I have to admit, when I got it, I couldn't wait to read it! The book is highly captivating- it really takes you back, and lets you realize that Hitler was human. He had his own thoughts, his own dreams, much like all of us do. At some parts, I actually agreed with some of the things he said (scary!) except the termination of the races, religions, etc. As good as this book is, for younger readers Hitler's use of words might need to be re-read. I had some difficulty reading certain parts and I wanted to truly grasp the concept. Reading this book does NOT make one a Nazi. For educational purposes, this book is a must read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2007

    Read with caution.

    Perhaps, the most 'Nazi' thing that we can do, is be close minded about a variety of subjects. Yes the holocaust was a horrible deed but reading the book itself does not make us hateful towards those he targeted. We have to be open minded when we read the book, it is a literary piece of work.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2006

    Shocking

    Hitler's writings remind us all that when crafty rhetoric and extremist thinking are combined, drastically horrific consequnces can ensue. It is said that to beat your enemy you have to understand his psyche -- all the more reason to read this compelling essay -- may nothing even close to the severity of the Hollocaust ever occur again.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2003

    A Study in Shear Madness

    One truly cannot understand the nature of Adolf Hitler's madness without reading Mein Kampf. In this work, Hitler describes his unsettling childhood, his years as a destitute artist in Vienna, his time in the armed forces, and ultimately, his initital experiences in politics. Hitler's incessant rambling and derogatory language foreshadow the horror that was to become the Holocaust. A must-read for those who desire background info on arguably the most disturbed leader in world history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2000

    A book that all should read

    This book gives an insight into the mind and motives of a man that is looked at by history as a mad man. However, once one is able to understand the true interworkings and goals of Hitler and his party, one begins to question if the label that is applied to him is totaly just. Like many great men he had a dream to better the only country that he loved, and the only down fall to his plan is that he and his followers tried to achieve their goals in a way that was to say the least sick. I believe as a history lover that this book should be read by any one who wants to know how such a man was able to come to power, and have millions of people follow. By the end of this book the reader will know the answers to these questions, and will then be able to judge for themselves about Hitler.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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