Mein Kampf (Paperback)
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DescriptionBook Description 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.
- Published: 15 June 2006
- Format: Paperback 524 pages
- ISBN 13: 9788172241643 ISBN 10: 817224164X
- Sales rank: 819
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Reviews for Mein Kampf
Don't buy this version of Mein Kampf (Jaico edition, 11 euros).
It is full of spelling errors and sometimes the dots or commas are missing.
Other than that, this edition seems to be the James Murphy Translation. I have not read other translations, but this one is very readable in any case.
I compared this translation to a Murphy translation downloaded of the internet, and this one seems to be the same.
But if you're going to spend 11 euros on a book, I expect it to be at least proof readed before it is printed.
Bad. Very bad. Buy at your own risk. If I knew this, I would have bought another version.
BTW I believe anyone with a decent education should read this book. It is very dry and the reasoning of Hitler is very bizarre at most points, but it is better to see it coming then forget the lessons of history.... by PA
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With What You Know!...
I heard a brief statement in this nanny state of a country (UK) that several so called 'celebrities' and other high uppers wanted to have this book made illegal because of its racist content and anti-semetic tone.
I read the book prior to the programme so i had other thoughts, the people who mainly called for this where quite obvious more likely to look at the front picture than read the contents of it, so i thought their thoughts on the subject to be somewhat comical at the least!.
On a personal note, the book i bought after a study of the holocaust and its causes and what drove the nazi war machine, what we can learn from these writings and perhaps in future or present be able to spot when these signs are arising again and be able to challenege them instead of thinking they be a little to extreme here or they which alot people believed in them times i read. By reading and understanding what we know now of the events of the WW2, the final solution, the capture of foreign lands, the anti semetic tone of polictics and the treatment of pow's captured in these occupied countries, we can only then understand where this came from, this book to much of the degree does that it provides the bridge tunderstand the end of the 'Great War' what drove Hitlers hatred of the Jews, a grudge left over from a misinformed war.
The book dosent however call upon all the other terrible crimes commited under the nazi regime such as the night of the long knives, killing of the head of sa and then the overall grouping of one 'SS' the opening of concentration camps that would then become death camps when the Final Solution was answered by Himmler. It does however, maybe much to the dislike of us English show how much Hitler had based his model of Facism and dictatorship and empires upon the success of us Brits abroad, even mentioning in breif the camps the the English used during the Boer War which later concentration camps were to be modelled on and the capture of a so called 'Sub Human People' as in india where a hand full of high flying democrats could hold a 100 indians without the rise of a resistance, this drove Hitlers dream of world domination and by banning such a book we are removing the pages of history that should NEVER again be bought to bear, at least i hope not in my life! by Michael Bird