Hitler's signature work, "Mein Kampf," was written while he was in prison (!), following the failure of his so-called "Beer Hall Putsch" in Munich in 1923.
In the book, he laid out in excruciating detail, a step-by-step blueprint of his future plans, which included:
- Making himself the absolute dictator (not a President or even king with constitutionally limited power) of the country that imprisoned him.
- Destroying or pushing to the brink of destruction the enemies of his adopted country, to the point of at least threatening to dominate the whole world.
- Using his future (!) soldiers and "policemen" to arrest and kill as many members of his least favorite group as they could get their hands on.
Hitler's subsequent rise to power was improbable for the following reasons:
- he was a prisoner (and a convicted felon) at the time he wrote the book;
- although "German-speaking," he had been born an Austrian, not a German; and
- he was poor, badly educated (a high school drop-out who was turned down for post-secondary school training (art schools in Vienna)), and a former "foot soldier" (not commissioned officer) from World War I.
In short, he was less than obvious "leadership" material.
Unfortunately, Hitler did "execute." But no one in power took "Mein Kampf" seriously, with the notable exception of Winston Churchill (who was, however,"out of power" early on).
Has any other leader (or CEO) in history (political, commercial, religious) similarly followed the script of a book he published before his coming to power?