Lincoln vs. Hitler

March 22, 2013 | 2

Adolf Hitler loved books—that nasty bent for book burning notwithstanding—and the book industry loves him back. Type his name into Amazon, and while he doesn’t trigger the English-language numbers of Jesus (186,740) or Lincoln (70,710), he registers a solid 18,597—a stunning figure for someone who died less than 70 years ago.” On the Fuhrer’s paradoxical relationship with literature.

is a staff writer for The Millions. He lives in New York.


  1. My first book, published in 1979, was “With Hitler in New York.” My second book, published in 1982, was “Lincoln’s Doctor’s Dog.” As such, I am an expert on the relative popularity of the two men and I would like to report that as far as short story collections are concerned, Hitler outsells Lincoln three to one.

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