by Adolf Hitler; translated by Ralph Manheim
Originally published in 1925
In 1922, just four years after the First World War, 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. In November 1923, Adolf Hitler was jailed for an 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. By the time Hitler came to power in 1933 the book was running neck and neck with the Bible at the top of the German bestseller lists.
In his translation Ralph Manheim has taken care to give an exact English equivalent of Hitler's style, including his occasional grammatical errors. This English version of Hitler's own story of his life, his political philosophy, and his plans for world domination is a compilation of prison writings, the bible of National Socialism, and the blueprint for the Third Reich.
- adapted and revised from publisher
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