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 ...
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.
Poor. POOR. X-Library copy with usual marks, broken spine, detached covers, large chips/tears to spine ends, rubbed through corners, hinge splits throughout, no missing pages, light stains to page edges. Once Read Books, cover scan available-just ask, OnceReadBooks comOrders shipped via USPS.
Fair. No dust jacket, so there is shelf wear on black cloth hard cover. Edges are discolored. Binding is loose at title page/front end papers but otherwise tight. Pages are clean and unmarked. nm All proceeds benefit local libraries.
Good+ in Missing jacket. Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1939 (The spine and title page say "Reynal & Hitchcock" but on the copyright page it says "This Edition is published by arrangement with Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, Massachusetts"). Red cloth of annotated edition. 994 pages plus 36 pages of contents/introduction/dedication. Very slight wear but some spotting on front cover and spine. Titles faded on spine. No DJ. Lettering on spine is rubbed and barely legible. Binding is tight, sturdy, and square; boards and text also very good. A nice reading/study copy.
Good in Missing jacket. New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1939. First thus, no additional printings listed. Hardcover. 1003 pp. Good, lacking jacket. Light wear to boards, lightly showing at corners; small tear at tail of spine; prior owner's name on front free endpaper. Hinge gapped. Sponsorship pamphlet tipped in.
Good+. in /Good-. jacket. GOOD+/GOOD-. *TEXT IN GERMAN*, red photo-illustrated jacket, approx. 5'' x 7.5'', large tears to jacket spine ends and corners, small tears to top edges back cover jacket, yellowing end pages, heavily sunned spine and back cover jacket. Once Read Books, cover scan available-just ask, OnceReadBooks comOrders shipped via USPS.
Good. Good readable condition (wear on cover and pages, name on first blank page with date (David S. Muzzey-Mein 7/14/1938), includes original 1938 Munich hotel receipt dated 7/11/1938 for D. S. Muzzey with notes on text on back, underlining and textual notes in pencil on several pages). 1938 Zentralverlag Der NSDAP (Munchen/Munich) Edition.
Fine. Black leather book features full leather binding, silk endpapers, a satin ribbon page marker, and all edges gilt. Book is in near fine condition (faint wear to gilt on page edges). There is no writing or highlighting in the book, no attached bookplate, and no embossed seal.
Very Good in Worn jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Contains 994 pp, a very good copy in chipped DUST JACKET (protected in a mylar cover) with a faded spine. This American edition was reprinted many times but this is the FIRST PRINTING of the FIRST EDITION. The First Printing with its dust jacket is rarely found today.
This book is apalling to most people.....but I believe it is an important part of the world's history and actually being able to read Hitler's reasonings for his atrocious actions.
Mar 7, 2013
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Jun 21, 2012
Nice edition of a controversial book
This book is a hardcover one that is very firm and it is translated from the original Hitler's text in German. I like tis book as an academic resource for research, and to me this edition is very well done. I do not rate five stars because of the content of the book, but for its quality on pages, cover and features.
Oct 18, 2010
Raw and Empassioned
Personal views on the author aside, this book is full of raw and empassioned views on a range of subjects relatable to the German people of the time. The intimate and personal thoughts of the world's fourth most mass murderers are presented for people to scour and interpret. The book can be difficult at times to understand and the context does not always fit with western views of the world at the time or the way we understand them now.
Dec 28, 2008
This is a very intense read about the coming about of Hitler's view on politics and race. Not for the faint of heart. Although the book is a very interesting read, it really takes concentration and intestinal fortitude. Great book to get a bird's-eye view of Hitler's genius.
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