How to Be A Dictator

How to Be A Dictator

An Irreverent Guide

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A Tongue-in-Cheek Guide to Becoming a Dictator, Based on the Outrageous, Scandalous, and Excessive Behavior of Dictators Past and Present

Who hasn't dreamed of one day ruling your own country? Along with great power comes unlimited influence, control, admiration, and often wealth. How to Be a Dictator will teach you the tricks of the trade--how to rise to the top and stay in power, and how to enjoy the fruits of your excellence.

Featuring examples from the most successful leaders and regimes in the business, including Kim Jong Il, Robert Mugabe, Muammar Gaddafi, Nicolae Ceausescu, Fran#65533;ois "Papa Doc" Duvalier, and many others, this handy guide offers ten easy lessons on becoming and acting like a dictator from how to rig an election and create your own personality cult to the dos and don'ts of dictator fashion. Other topics include: how to become wealthy and spend your fortune, sleeping around, expressing your literary genius, and how to avoid being toppled, exiled, and or meeting any other dismal end. Combining black humor with political insights, How to Be a Dictator is peppered with horrifying and hilarious stories from some of the most eccentric modern world leaders.
Publisher: New York : Arcade Publishing, [2017]
Edition: First English-language edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781628726602
Branch Call Number: 321.9 HEM
Characteristics: xiii, 182 pages
Additional Contributors: Pierce, Kerri A.


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SkokieStaff_Steven Dec 12, 2017

One of my favorite books a few years ago was Jay Nordlinger’s “Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators” which could have been called “And You Thought Your Dad Was Difficult?” Almost as good though more lighthearted is Mikal Helm’s “How to Be a Dictator: An Irreverent Guide.” Helm focuses on many of the same dictators as Nordlinger—understandable, as one could hardly pass over such oversized figures as Benito Mussolini, Ida Amin, Saddam Hussein, or Great Leader Kim Il-sung—but he casts a much wider net and includes several colorful despots from Central Asia who may not be widely known but who can scarcely be blamed for a failure to self-publicize. Helm provides the aspiring or established megalomaniac with much helpful advice including fashion tips and suggestions for décor. (Hint, think gilt.) In a time of national discord, it might be helpful to contemplate the ways in which our political situation could be much, much worse. This is a book for that.

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