Mein Kampf: Adolf Hitler
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Adolf Hitler wrote Mein Kampf (My Struggle in English) when he was imprisoned at Landsberg am Lech following the failure of the Beer Hall Putsch, an attempted coup by Nazis in November 1923. It covers at length his early life, his time in the Nazi Party in the beginning, his plans for a greater Germany and his political and racist ideas. Originally published in 2 volumes in 1925 and 1926 respectively it became an instant bestseller and had already sold in hundreds of thousands when Hitler became the Chancellor of Germany in 1933. It further upped in popularity in his era and continued in the same vein after his downfall in 1945. The surge remains unabated even today. Hitler believed in the supremacy of spoken word as compared to its written counterpart when it came to winning over a people but he further believed that the fundamental principals of a doctrine should be committed on paper. Viewed in the light of his belief Mein Kampf acquires a greater significance than any other autobiography of a political leader. It may be controversial but it is lucid and offers much to mull over to a serious reader.