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Adolf Hitler Publishes Mein Kampf

Hitler dictated his manifesto, whose title means "my struggle," while serving a prison term for treason. The book, filled with anti-Semitic outpourings, worship of power, disdain for civil morality, and strategy for world domination, became the bible of National Socialism. By the end of WWII, about 10 million copies of the book had been sold or distributed in Germany (every newlywed couple, as well as every front soldier, received a free copy). Where is it illegal to sell copies of the book?



E.B. White

E.B. White, an American writer of the 20th c, was known for his witty, satiric observations of contemporary society. His style was wry, understated, thoughtful, and informed. He was widely regarded as a master of the English language, noted for clear, well-constructed, and charming prose. He was a member of the staff of the early New Yorker magazine and penned Charlotte's Web. Which of his essays, written at the beginning of the age of nuclear weapons, was widely quoted after 9/11?

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Hunter S. Thompson

Thompson was a journalist known for his flamboyant writing, displayed most notably in his novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which blurred the distinctions between writer and subject, fiction and nonfiction. His style, known as gonzo journalism, has been widely imitated. Thompson's big break came when The Nation magazine asked him to spend a year with the Hells Angels motorcycle gang and write about his experiences. What happened when the gang began to doubt his motives?

Last updated on Wednesday, 18th July 2007

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