Dictator's Handbook: A Practical Manual for the Aspiring Tyrant

Dictator's Handbook: A Practical Manual for the Aspiring Tyrant

by Randall Wood, Carmine DeLuca


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Dictator's Handbook: A Practical Manual for the Aspiring Tyrant by Randall Wood, Carmine DeLuca

Ever wonder if the world's tyrants are all using the same instruction manual? They are: here it is. From getting to power to dividing your enemies, suppressing revolution, stealing elections, and making your fortune, this 320 page volume shows you how the pros have been doing it for centuries. Fully factual, with a complete bibliography and footnotes, the Dictator's Handbook gives you a road map to tyranny, step by step. Beautifully illustrated by a professional artist, the text is funny and deadly serious. This is truly a practical manual for the aspiring tyrant.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615652429
Publisher: Gull Pond Books
Publication date: 06/01/2012
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 662,464
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 15 Years

About the Author

Randall Wood, author, engineer, and teacher, has lived in Asia, Africa, and Latin America for most of his adult life, working in engineering, construction, agronomy, diplomacy, and teaching. Much of the inspiration for this book came from personal experience and observation. He writes, "Time and time again, when the media would report some new political atrocity, I would mutter, 'Well, that's a move straight out of the Dictator's Handbook.' If I said to myself, 'Next, the president will insist on constitutional reform,' I was too frequently right. Finally, I began to wonder if there truly was some sort of Handbook these political clowns were using to organize their governments and plot their next moves. And now, finally, there is." Writing this book has been a sort of personal catharsis. He is the author of two other books and several technical manuals. His website is http://www.therandymon.com.

Carmine DeLuca, writer and history enthusiast, has long cultivated an interest in the authoritarians of every stripe. In part this fascination stems from his personal life -- a Bonapartist father, an aunt named after the Battle of Adowa, and a grandfather and great uncle in Mussolini's army. Two decades of reading and thinking on the historical significance of &'grave;great'' men plus a fantastic library of books on the Romans, Fascists, Napoleon, Greeks, and beyond have prepared him for the writing of this book.

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Dictator's Handbook: A Practical Manual for the Aspiring Tyrant 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
FlaviaTucker More than 1 year ago
We already have The Art of War and the Lords of Poverty and now as a final installment of this possible trilogy we have been blessed with The Dictators Handbook by Randall Wood and Carmine DeLuca. No longer do aspiring dictators need to thumb through numerous references, Hitler biographies, the National Enquirer and accounts of Nero fiddling in Rome. Future tyrants now have the Dictator’s Handbook which offers an entertaining step by step instruction book heavily annotated which lends it rock solid credibility. The Dictator’s Handbook is insightful, intelligent, hilarious and painfully true. Let’s not forget irreverent. If you think that the numerous examples of how to make your people miserable are culled solely from “foreign” countries, you would be wrong. The authors also cite the US of A for examples that will help the nascent dictator such as how to weaken the opposition through gerrymandering. Almost but not quite cynical, The Dictator’s Handbook rings so painfully true. Let’s hope that any once and future dictator satisfies himself with Dick Tater’s board game which we hope will be on sale soon at Guns R Us, or even better the 3D interactive video game where gamers can practice following the Election Time Table and/or plan their Exit Strategy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice mix of anecdotal evidence and scholarly analysis, this is a great read for anyone interested in the diverse policy and lifestyle decisions dictators must make. The Dictator's Handbook is a very accessible book that keeps you both chuckling and shaking your head at the various ways dictators maintain their grips on society and build their personal status. Definitely worth a read!