H.R. Knickerbocker (1898 – 1949), foreign correspondent for the Hearst papers, recalled a 1938 conversation he had with the noted Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung concerning Adolf Hitler and his broad appeal among the German people:
"Now the secret of Hitler's power is not that Hitler has an unconscious more plentifully stored than yours and mine, Hitler's secret is twofold; first, that his unconscious has exceptional access to his consciousness, and second, that he allows himself to be moved by it. He is like a man who listens intently to a stream of suggestions in a whispered voice from a mysterious source, and then acts upon them... In our case, even if occasionally our unconscious does reach us in dreams, we have too much rationality to obey it - but Hitler listens and obeys. The true leader is always led."
This article appeared in a 1942 issue of OMNIBOOKS as a promotion for Is Tomorrow Hitler's? 200 Questions on the Battle of Mankind by H.R. Knickerbocker.
By the early Spring of 1941 Adolf Hitler was being compared to Napoleon in practically every European newspaper and magazine, for it had not been since the earliest days of the Nineteenth Century that so many European armies had been out-maneuvered in such a brief span of time - and no one believed the Napoleon comparisons more than he did. Hitler was simply inebriated with power and there seemed to be no limit as to what he with all his military might was capable of achieving.
H.R. Knickerbocker (1898 – 1949), the far-flung correspondent for Hearst who had been closely watching Hitler since 1923 pointed out that on April 29, 1941 the Axis forces had printed (what he liked to call) a "trial balloon" on the pages of the Japan Times Advertiser that clearly indicated the peace terms that were acceptable to der Fuhrer.
Knickerbocker provided an outline of the proposal as well as commentary in his 1942 bestseller, Is Tomorrow Hitler's?:
"It is not a negotiated peace, it is a dictated peace...The Axis statement begins with the declaration that the day of small or weak nations is over, and no nation which cannot stand on its own feet may be permitted to exist... The nations called upon to settle world peace would be Germany, with Italy as a junior partner, Japan, the British Empire and the United States."
"Since the British government ignored it and the British and American press derided it, Germany dropped the idea for the moment, but you may be sure it has not dropped it for good. Seven weeks after its publication Hitler sent his armies into Russia."