Born April 20, 1889, Adolf Hitler was a German political and government leader and one of the 20 century's most powerful dictators, who converted Germany into a fully militarized society and launched World War 2 in 1939. .
Hitler's rise had indeed been one of history's great political success stories. The unknown and uneducated soldier of WW1, who had been a failure in all his undertakings, had come to power in 1933 in a country that despaired of solving it's social and political problems. .
Hitler was appalled and shocked by the German defeat in World War 1 and the proclamation of a republic. Hitler determined to take up political work in order to destroy a peace settlement (treaty of Versailles) that he denounced as intolerable. He joined the tiny German Worker's Party (later renamed Nazi) in 1919, this was the group that Hitler would transform into one of the most effective political movements of modern history. He did largely through the force of his personality and the power of the spoken word. He utilized propaganda as his main weapon, also using Jews as political scapegoats and accusing them of causing the defeat of Germany in World War 1.
He tried unsuccessfully to seize power of Germany in the Beer Hall Putsch of November 1923; this event made him known to the general public. He was imprisoned for 9 months where he wrote his controversial biography Mein Kampf (my struggle), in which he condemned the democratic government and expressed his hate and fear of Jews.
Later, after achieving chancellorship of Germany and establishing his Nazi regime and himself as Der Fuhrer (the leader) in 1933, he launched his campaign to eliminate the Treaty of Versailles and restore Germany as a world power. In this historic move, he started World War 2, causing the death of 6 million Jews and left Europe in ruins.
In the biography, "The Psychopathic God, Adolf Hitler" by Robert G.