Why Is Hitler’s Mein Kampf Topping eBook Charts?

Call it the 50 Shades of Grey effect.

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Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf

The infamous manifesto Adolf Hitler wrote while in prison after a failed coup in 1923, Mein Kampf or My Struggle, in which the dictator outlined his idea of a global Jewish conspiracy, is a surprise hit on the ebook market. While the book’s print copy sales remain stagnant, the ebook is in the top 20 on iTunes’s Politics & Events chart, next to books by Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck, the number one Propaganda & Political Psychology book on Amazon, and the 17th bestseller in the company’s Nationalism list. How could that be?

Chris Faraone explains why in a fascinating essay that argues ebooks provide the perfect format for reading controversial material. “Mein Kampf could be following a similar trend to that of smut and romance novels,” Faraone writes. Customers may have not wanted to be seen reading the book or having it on their shelf at home, but the cheap digital copies “can be quietly perused then dropped into a folder or deleted.”

The number of different editions available–Amazon sells 6 ebook versions of Mein Kampf alone–coupled with the increased popularity of ebooks has also boosted sales.

Faraone points out that Hitler’s autobiography is benefitting from the same market effects as 50 Shades of Grey—but rather than erotica, it’s militant racism. You can pop the book on your Kindle and flip through one of the modern era’s most history-altering texts without anyone knowing.

Ebook reviewers’ comments support the 50 Shades of Grey theory. “I think I waited 45 years to read Hitler’s words… I wish I had read it sooner,” wrote Steven Wagg. “Curiosity killed me to get this book,” said another reviewer. The document also functions as a warning: “People need to understand that if we do not learn from people like this, then we will fall into their traps again,” Ray D’Aguanno wrote on Amazon.

One $.99 ebook edition of Mein Kampf was published by a company called Elite Minds Inc. “Sales are great,” Elite Minds president Michael Ford told Faraone. But publicizing it is a sensitive issue: “I have not heavily promoted the book and decided, for the most part, to let it spread among those who have a true historical and academic interest naturally.”

If readers want to find something, they generally will, whether it’s Mein Kampf or Amazon’s booming trade in monster erotica like Moan for Bigfoot.

13 comments
HaraldBeer
HaraldBeer

"He believed only the Germans were pure and all others deserved to die...". That is not correct. Hitler favoured the Aryans (i.e. Northern Europeans, or Whites), not exclusively the Germans. E.g. he regarded the British, Dutch and Scandinavians as brothers.

recseville55
recseville55

The Zionist were destroying Germany and had to be removed. They introduced homosexuality, they were trying to destroy Christianity the way they are doing it here in America, the bankers were destroying the economy just like here. It's because of this he came to power. Be careful the same doesn't happen here in the U.S. It looks like we are headed that way.

recseville55
recseville55

Hitler was right. The victors always write the history books in their favor.

seapeaMP
seapeaMP

In an anti-White world, White people are given two choices...

- be anti-White
- be a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews

Looks like some folks are seriously checking into option two.

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"Diversity" is a code word for White genocide.

HippieDem420
HippieDem420

I have read it before, and the main reason it was assigned was so we could see the terrible flaws in his logic. His views were very similar to manifest destiny, but he was much more outspoken about his racism. He believed only the Germans were pure and all others deserved to die...unless he needed them. His flawed logic should be on display.

thecaptain
thecaptain

No, we whites are just realizing that liberal democracy offers us no protection from rampaging bantus playing knockout king while hollywood celebrates twerking and yolo "culture" to the detriment of white society. Hitler represents the kind of strong white male that is required to lead a strong white society and Americans are waking up to the fact that every WW2 documentary they've seen since 1945 has been a propaganda piece designed to trick us into not realizing we fought on the wrong side of that conflict.

mingusdu
mingusdu

Or maybe people are realizing that Hitler was right and there is an actual zionist jew occupation of world governments and financial institutions.

SaraWillingham
SaraWillingham

I disagree, I think unfortunately, Americans are expressing a deep undercurrent of unexpressed racism, that only now has grown to another boiling point. Yes, some people are simply curious about Mien Kamph, but more so, has it almost become a counter culture to publicly express hate, because we have a black family in the white house? I say, Yes. Kindle, Google books, Nook, just made it easier and less judgmental underneath the public eye, to read that book, without recrimination from the library lady, or the checkout guy.

I honestly believe that fear over the economy, the jobs market, the stunning lack of a middle class, has driven the uninformed to search for answers in the only ones yelling loud enough. Right now, that seems to be the ones saying that "we'd rather have a white, woman president, then a black man" as the KKK and the Christian Collision just stated, as their vote for Hillary in 2016. Hate will always be there. And with the pendulum swinging right Republican, and left Democrats, it's now swinging horizontal with the Tea Party. Americans are now trying to find answers anywhere.

TomGeraards
TomGeraards

I've said it too Jerry Saltz article about the scandal Zimmerman - it's so so easy to explain - the "Mein Kampf" buyers and "The Flag of Zimmerman" will be lifted out of the crowd, he wants to show for little money he dares, not on the street, because it's too cold and you could even be detected, no, at home, the corporal rind is on the table .. great and courageous protest in your own home - that's the logical explanation - nothing neofaschistisch - just do something naughty, and receiving applause

PaulBrewer
PaulBrewer

@SaraWillingham Uninformed....that's right !!  Most are "uninformed" that the debt, when applied to each breathing taxpayer, amounts to more than $190,000.....and blacks who make up 13 % of the U.S. population hold 24 % of all government jobs...................