Kindle Führer: “Mein Kampf” Tops Amazon Charts


#1

E-book versions of Hitler’s opus are rising in the rankings on Amazon and iTunes. What gives?

You won’t see Adolf Hitler peering back at you from the featured display tables at Barnes & Noble any time soon. But browse the most popular e-book stores these days and Der Führer’s mug is seemingly unavoidable. For a year now, his magnum manifesto has loomed large over current best-sellers on iTunes, where at the time of this writing two different digital versions of Mein Kampf rank 12th and 15th on the Politics & Current Events chart …

Mein Kampf hasn’t made The New York Times nonfiction chart since its U.S. release in 1939, the same year Germany invaded Poland, and its print sales have fallen steadily ever since. But with a flood of new e-book editions, Hitler’s notorious memoirjust clocked a banner digital year. One 2012 English-languageversionis currently the number one Propaganda & Political Psychology book on Amazon. Another digital selection is a player in the Globalization category.

Or to put it another way: On Amazon, there are more than 100 versions ofMein Kampf for sale in every conceivable print and audio format, from antique hardbacks to brand-new paperbacks. Of those 100 iterations, just six are e-books—yet all six of them rank among the 10 best-selling versions overall. And those are just the ones people are paying for.

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#2

This doesn’t surprise me at all.

It saddens and sickens me more than I can say that it seems human beings never learn the lessons they should from history, even recent history such as this astocity.


#3

I wouldn’t necessarily attribute this to rising antisemitism/neo-Nazism at all. Mein Kampf is mentioned in pretty much every high school history class that touches on World War II. For some people it’s probably just curiosity, for others it may be educational inquiry. A person can read a text that they don’t agree with to become more familiar with it. Depending on who the seller is, they may even purchase a copy.

I remember seeing Mein Kampf on a bookstore shelf many years ago. I was curious about it, but not enough to buy it (and have to look a person in the face if I purchased it.) That could account for the rise in e-book sales - buy relatively anonymously, and then no one sees the book on your shelf, either.

I have a copy of* The Communist Manifesto* on a bookshelf somewhere, but I don’t go around calling everyone “comrade.” :shrug: In my case, the book was purchased for a history class in college.


#4

Why are people buying Mein Kampf?

Surely it’s not because people want the Nazi Party to rise up again?

I would like to think it’s because they are interested for the sake of history. I read the book back in middle school, and learned at the age of 13 why so many people followed Hitler. It taught me a lot about charismatic leaders and why we need to be careful to be discerning.


#5

What gives? It’s .99 on Kindle. I believe it’s that simple. When I first got my Kindle app I bought a book I wanted to read that was only available as an e-book and then discovered all the free titles and kinda went nuts. I downloaded the Communist Manifesto and The Art of War because they were free. I also haven’t read them in their entirety and I think it’s a good thing to read books/papers that had so much influence. I doubt very much that people are suddenly embracing the ideas promoted in Mein Kampf. I also doubt that many who downloaded it will make it beyond the first page or two.

Don’t worry, I also got all 4 editions of the Baltimore Catechism, too.


#6

I bought a grammatical novel titled “Mine Camp.” No wait that’s terrible.

While it is interesting it’s sold so well so quickly, I don’t think that the fact it’s selling is per se something of concern. I’ve read Mussolini as an object of study, and found some of his arguments against socialism convincing (somewhat). That doesn’t make me a fascist either.

Still… Godwin’s Law…


#7

It is a little difficult to fathom. It has long been my understanding that Mein Kampf is a meandering, dull book. Maybe it’s a better read than that, but I have also read that few Germans of the era had read it; possibly for that reason.


#8

Also bear in mind that there are a lot of people (like me) whose fathers and grandfathers fought in WWII and who are students of that conflict. I have both Mein Kampf and Hitler’s Second Book in hard-copy, out of academic interest.


#9

So you are assuming that people reading it are nazi sympathizers? How do you expect people to learn the lessons of the past if the primary sources from history aren’t studied?


#10

you read the book in middle school at 13!!! gee, I was still reading nancy drew mystery stories. I hadn’t even heard of that book at 13 let alone have any desire to read it!!!


#11

You didn’t miss much. It is exceedingly dull and poorly written.


#12

to this day I have no desire to read the book. I have never felt my life was incomplete without reading it. thank you for confirming that.


#13

It might be a curiosity among people to want to read it and see what the mind of Adolf Hitler was like. Not exactly follow his ideology, but to see how one of the most recognized evil persons was thinking.


#14

One of my most prized posessions is one of the first-run unabridged english translations of Mein Kampf to be printed in America. The very first American-printed edition was funded by Henry Ford, and was heavily edited to remove some of the more objectionable content (such as replacing all churches with Nazi shrines). This is the edition that was actually funded by Amercian anti-Nazis so that everyone could understand what the guy with the silly mustache was up to.


#15

I read all kinds of books. I bet most folks are getting it just for the historical aspect.

Heck, I am tempted to read it. I am betting Hitler was no better a writer than he was an artist though.


#16

Even worse.


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