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''Mein Kampf'' is UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler's infamous autobiography combined with an exposition of his political ideology. Originally entitled ''Viereinhalb Jahre (des Kampfes) gegen Lüge, Dummheit und Feigheit'', or ''Four and a Half Years (of Struggle) Against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice'', the book was written during Hitler's imprisonment after the Beer Hall Putsch of 1923, and published with the more concise name ''Mein Kampf'' (''My Struggle'') in two volumes, the first being published in 1925 and the other in 1926, prior to his rise to power in 1933.

In the first volume, Hitler wrote of his early years and his family life, his life in Vienna and his involvement in UsefulNotes/TheGreatWar, his political activity following the war, and the initial formation of the ideas that would ten years later become the core of the [[NaziGermany National Socialist movement in Germany]], interspersed with his rambling about his hatred for the Jewish people and his blame of them for the state that Germany was in after the war, drawing primary inspiration from the infamous antisemitic text ''Literature/TheProtocolsOfTheEldersOfZion''.

The second volume details the Nazi movement itself at some length, going over everything from philosophy, ideology, organization and other topics, including trade unions, the Russians, the the Stormtroopers, the use of propaganda and other factors which would come to be implemented during Hitler's rise to power.

In the wake of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, ''Mein Kampf'' has become one of the best selling and most banned books in the modern era.

A sequel known only as ''Zweites Buch'' was [[AccidentalPun dictated]] and made [[DevelopmentHell but never released]].[[note]][[https://archive.org/details/ZweitesBuch-AdolfHitlersSecretBook actually]][[/note]]

The book is not recommended for reading unless you are a history major -- Hitler was a ''terrible'' writer.
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!!Tropes:

* AllThereInTheManual: Close examination of events as they actually played out reveals this as a ZigZaggedTrope. Hitler was very reluctant to annex his neighbours (initially, and only because he feared losing) and was annoyed that his followers kept pestering him to actually live up to his promises, commenting that when he wrote it he never expected to actually end up as dictator of Germany and he wouldn't have written the book if he had; he seemed to regard it as a "get-rich-quick" scheme to cash-in on his post-trial popularity and hoped to use the royalties to pay off his legal debts, and to inspire German far-rightists. When it came down to it, the invasions of both Austria and the Sudetenland were spearheaded by Goring, in large part because Germany's economic policies (ie. rapid re-militarization) meant they were spending far more than they had, and conquering her neighbours was the only way to balance her budget via rampant looting and theft (including from Jews), and seizing control of their industries. It was only after the world let Germany get away with this (and around the time he got hooked on amphetamines, which boosted his adrenaline and made him more reckless) that Hitler started getting more ambitious and taking his imperialist "promises" seriously, and masterminded the invasions of Czechoslovakia and Poland (both over the protest of Goring and others, though the likes of Ribbentrop and Himmler egged him on), and later the Soviet Union (again, over the protest of saner- if not exactly kinder minds).
* AuthorFilibuster: Not a particularly well written or inspiring work of literature.
* AuthorTract: Let's get a brief list going:
** DemocracyIsBad
** GreedyJew
** IdeologicalScreed
** MasterRace
** PatrioticFervor
** RedScare
** {{Ubermensch}}
* BelievingTheirOwnLies: Hitler almost certainly believed at least some of the lies he perpetrated here were true. Especially the ones about his war record and past experiences.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: The first English translation removed some of the more anti-Semitic and militaristic statements. A more faithful one was released later, but it lost a copyright lawsuit. The first French translation censored the hateful passages of the text towards France.
* ConspiracyTheorist: Among Hitler's sources of inspiration was the infamous ''Literature/TheProtocolsOfTheEldersOfZion'', a crowning work of conspiracy theory and anti-Semitism that has been widely proven a fraud.
* HijackedByGanon: Everything was or will be a Jewish conspiracy. Losing WorldWarOne? Jewish conspiracy. [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober Bolshevik Revolution]]? Jewish conspiracy. EsperantoTheUniversalLanguage? Jewish Conspiracy. Specifically, the idea was that Jews had been too weak to keep their own land and after scattering throughout the world, became bitterly jealous of those other ethnic groups / races that that had managed to keep theirs, and that had "superior" cultures. Said cultures thrived because they held war, conquest, glory, elitism, purity and other such things as ideals, so the Jews spread the "lies" of pacifism, humility, democracy, egalitarianism etc., first through Christianity (which was sometimes held to be a Jewish corruption of what [[JesusWasWayCool Jesus]] actually taught- but since this was the only source of his teachings, they could re-imagine him to be whatever they wanted, like a great Aryan warrior, which they believed because of dubious pseudo-science at the time), then through liberalism, socialism and communism. Believing in pacifism ''et al''. made nations weak and corrupt and caused national disunity, which led to all of the above as the "pawns" of the Jews (socialists, pacifists, liberals etc.) turning against their leaders and their countries, with the end result being universalism where [[IfICantHaveYou like the Jews, nobody would have any land to call their own]]. And of course, the Jews loathed Germany especially [[SarcasmMode because Germany had the greatest race and culture of them all.]]
* NaziProtagonist: [[TropeMaker The original one, in fact.]]
* PurpleProse: Indeed, many history majors specializing in that area of history cite it as the most boring book they have to read. There's one exception: the chapter on propaganda is a clear and well-written, though astonishingly cynical, essay on mass psychology. Don't think, however, that this proves Hitler could actually write well when he wanted to: the entire chapter was copied from an official German army manual that Hitler had been given some years previously.
%%* SelectiveObliviousness
* SelfServingMemory: Among other glaring omissions, the "tortured idealist" image that Hitler used to market this {{doorstopper}} tended to conveniently leave out that he was in a [[LuxuryPrisonSuite minimum-security rehabilitation institute]].
* ShortTitleLongElaborateSubtitle: The original intended title was ''Four and a Half Years (of Struggle) Against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice''
* UnPerson: Hitler pulled this on his own family, as he makes himself out to be an only child when in fact he had a half-brother, a half-sister, and a full sister, as well as a couple of other siblings who died young. The most they get is a brief allusion when he talks about "our" father rather than "my" father. His full sister in particular said that she would never forgive him for this.
* UntranslatedTitle: It's called ''Mein Kampf'' in several of the languages it was translated into.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Turns out that some digging into the archives proves Hitler... [[BlatantLies creatively remembered]] a number of events to make himself look better. For instance, he spent much of the war as a regimental runner, carrying messages between regimental [=HQ=] and near the front lines and back (he is sometimes said to be a ''Battalion'' runner, taking messages from one part of the front line to the other; these were prime targets of snipers and the job was extremely dangerous; Hitler's job was not exactly safe, but it was far less dangerous than that). He often gives the impression that he spent most of that time fighting on the front lines, but in fact he usually spent days or even weeks sitting fairly comfortably in regimental command awaiting orders, passing the time by reading or painting. Regimental runners were generally in much less danger than Hitler made himself out to be in, and lot of his fellow soldiers and even fellow runners sent him letters or wrote to newspapers saying as much (the Nazi party sued them for slander). He ''did'' win awards for bravery (though his closeness to regimental command almost certainly helped him there) and do ''some'' fighting, but not to the extent he made out.
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