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Written in '40s '50 or '60s. Man stranded on an island after a natural disaster discovers rest of world living by his doctrine, which was appropriated by former associate.

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    Can you remember anything more about this book? More details about what this 'doctrine' entailed, for instance, or about the nature of the disaster? Please take a quick look through our guidelines for asking a good ID question, and see if you can use any of the suggestions there to improve your question with more detail.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Nov 11, 2016 at 11:35
  • So he's inadvertently spawned a worldwide religion?
    – Valorum
    Nov 11, 2016 at 11:47
  • That's correct, Valorum.
    – user73963
    Nov 13, 2016 at 10:06

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If you remember from that novel that amputations were an important value in the new society, then the answer is:

"Limbo" (1952) by Bernard Wolfe.

First edition cover

It has the following plot:

Martine returns from self-imposed exile after the end of a World War to find that his cynical and satirical musings about society in his diary have been used as a blueprint for the rebuilt society. Disarmament has been taken literally with men volunteering to have one or more limbs amputated. This movement has split into two factions: one which remains helpless - paraded in baby carridges by their wives or mothers; another that replaces me missing limbs with more powerful artificial limbs. Martime finds himself the hero and founder of a society he finds despicable, and one which is restarting the Cold war that led up to the last one, with each side trying to use him for its own ends.

http://allreaders.com/book-review-summary/limbo-11865

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    Why, this sounds lovely...
    – Valorum
    Nov 11, 2016 at 12:08
  • @Valorum beat me to the punch.
    – Broklynite
    Nov 11, 2016 at 12:20
  • @user73963 You are welcome. :) If you are sure that this is the correct answer you can "accept" it. There's a button for such thing.
    – Ginasius
    Nov 13, 2016 at 13:00
  • Can't find the 'accept' button, but I'd certainly like to accept it as the correct answer.
    – user73963
    Dec 4, 2016 at 5:34

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