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The angry ranting of an obscure, small-party politician, the first volume of Mein Kampf was virtually ignored when it was originally published in 1925. Likewise the second volume, which appeared in 1926. The book details Hitler's childhood, the "betrayal" of Germany in World War I, the desire for revenge against France, the need for lebensraum for the German people, and the means by which the National Socialist party can gain power. It also includes Hitler's racist agenda and his glorification of the "Aryan" race. The few outside the Nazi party who read it dismissed it as nonsense, not believing that anyone could--or would--carry out its radical, terrorist programs. As Hitler and the Nazis gained power, first party members and then the general public were pressured to buy the book. By the time Hitler became chancellor of the Third Reich in 1933, the book stood atop the German bestseller lists. Had the book been taken seriously when it was first published, perhaps the 20th century would have been very different.
Beyond the anger, hatred, bigotry, and self-aggrandizing, Mein Kampf is saddled with tortured prose, meandering narrative, and tangled metaphors (one person was described as "a thorn in the eyes of venal officials"). That said, it is an incredibly important book. It is foolish to think that the Holocaust could not happen again, especially if World War II and its horrors are forgotten. As an Amazon.com reader has pointed out, "If you want to learn about why the Holocaust happened, you can't avoid reading the words of the man who was most responsible for it happening." Mein Kampf, therefore, must be read as a reminder that evil can all too easily grow. --Sunny Delaney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is BY FAR my favorite book. Love the good vibes it spreads. A close second is the biblePublished 5 days ago by Grant Gonzalez
The worst book I have read so far. His way of speaking had to have been better than his writing skills. He goes on and on about the same things. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Gabriel Espinales
Been wanting to read this for a long time and glad I finally did.
This is well translated and very interesting reading it from the horse's mouth.
I love my copy of Mein Kampf. The book has weight to it and I just love that. The book itself is very good quality and I would recommend it to anyone I know. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Logan
Hitler's love for art was put in emphasis on this amazing piece of writing by the great dictator. he may be viewed as the 20th century killing machine abut it's undeniable that he... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Denise Kelley
Definitely an empowering read for the politically asute despite its long winded passahes. If you can put aside the evil man that Hitler morphed into and read his book with a clear... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Amazon Customer