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Everyone wants to rule the world, but only a precious few have the skills to create an ironclad plan of attack. Simple, direct, and delightfully unprincipled, this guide contains tales of global power mongering from every age and endeavors to show dilettante dictators and tyrants-to-be just how it's done. Tips are provided on creating a personal flag, what type of puppet g Everyone wants to rule the world, but only a precious few have the skills to create an ironclad plan of attack. Simple, direct, and delightfully unprincipled, this guide contains tales of global power mongering from every age and endeavors to show dilettante dictators and tyrants-to-be just how it's done. Tips are provided on creating a personal flag, what type of puppet government to establish, how to squelch free speech, and, most important, how to handle enemies. Also included are humorous full-color illustrations, sidebars on admirable despots, and self-quizzes that allow readers to see if they have what it takes to conquer the world.


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Everyone wants to rule the world, but only a precious few have the skills to create an ironclad plan of attack. Simple, direct, and delightfully unprincipled, this guide contains tales of global power mongering from every age and endeavors to show dilettante dictators and tyrants-to-be just how it's done. Tips are provided on creating a personal flag, what type of puppet g Everyone wants to rule the world, but only a precious few have the skills to create an ironclad plan of attack. Simple, direct, and delightfully unprincipled, this guide contains tales of global power mongering from every age and endeavors to show dilettante dictators and tyrants-to-be just how it's done. Tips are provided on creating a personal flag, what type of puppet government to establish, how to squelch free speech, and, most important, how to handle enemies. Also included are humorous full-color illustrations, sidebars on admirable despots, and self-quizzes that allow readers to see if they have what it takes to conquer the world.

30 review for How to Rule the World: A Handbook for the Aspiring Dictator

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    The book for review is “ How To Rule The World: A Handbook for the Aspiring Dictator”. I love to laugh and this book did it for me. It was not a small cover your mouth and look around to see who can hear you oh no. The laughs that came out were belly shaking, sides hurting and glasses being filled with tears kind of laughter. The author’s quirky sense of humor is a delight. Let me share with you the table of contents for that is the best way to review this book. Why Rule The World? Have You Got What The book for review is “ How To Rule The World: A Handbook for the Aspiring Dictator”. I love to laugh and this book did it for me. It was not a small cover your mouth and look around to see who can hear you oh no. The laughs that came out were belly shaking, sides hurting and glasses being filled with tears kind of laughter. The author’s quirky sense of humor is a delight. Let me share with you the table of contents for that is the best way to review this book. Why Rule The World? Have You Got What It Takes? Apprenticeship:The Wilderness Years Career Paths To The Top Achieving Power How To Run A Country Staying In Power Advanced World Rule Power And Wealth Power And Love Posterity:Leaving Your Mark On Retirement It ends with a short chapter on how the author made his attempted coup plus another chapter on the who’s who in “How To Rule The World”. The book is not very big the chapters and pages short but what you get out of it is a whole bunch of laughing. He gets 5 stars for this book. The humor is not for everyone but it suited me just fine.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    A cartoon version of the books by Robert Greene. Greene's big books are presented as serious non-fiction but are so exaggerated they're funny, whereas this little piece is advertised as humor from the get-go, but then works hard to be dead serious. Some bits are funny in a dark, absurd way. But true facts about Hitler are not funny. Not that Hitler can never be funny; Hitler as seen by Mel Brooks is funny. But Hitler, Capone, Mao, etc. for real: not funny. And the story about the coup on the non A cartoon version of the books by Robert Greene. Greene's big books are presented as serious non-fiction but are so exaggerated they're funny, whereas this little piece is advertised as humor from the get-go, but then works hard to be dead serious. Some bits are funny in a dark, absurd way. But true facts about Hitler are not funny. Not that Hitler can never be funny; Hitler as seen by Mel Brooks is funny. But Hitler, Capone, Mao, etc. for real: not funny. And the story about the coup on the non-existent island just fell flat for me. Overall, good as a quick primer on sociopaths if you're stuck in an airport or something.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Fairy Alonto

    Like the subtitle reads: A Handbook for the Aspiring Dictator. Very well-written. Direct to the point. If Andre was a world ruler, I would literally find ways to be invisible by now. Bonus: 1) Mind games/ Scenario games 2) A short description of the world's best/worst authorized personalities ever. 3) Fun drawing that keeps you turning the pages for more. 4) Well-thought quotes. 5) Trivia about some of the world's most powerful creatures ever existed. 6) Great book recommendations. Wrap-up: Just FILLIN Like the subtitle reads: A Handbook for the Aspiring Dictator. Very well-written. Direct to the point. If Andre was a world ruler, I would literally find ways to be invisible by now. Bonus: 1) Mind games/ Scenario games 2) A short description of the world's best/worst authorized personalities ever. 3) Fun drawing that keeps you turning the pages for more. 4) Well-thought quotes. 5) Trivia about some of the world's most powerful creatures ever existed. 6) Great book recommendations. Wrap-up: Just FILLING. Final Word: A Must.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Simpson

    I only read this for a good laugh and it did give me that. It has a lot of good info on dictators and it does have pictures. Ok read if u have it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amber Lea

    I picked up a copy of this book at a quaint little book shop December of 2016. They had a Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump display that was marked 50% off. This was the only book that wasn't actually BY or about either candidate, but they let me have if for half price anyway. It. is. hilarious. It also mentions BOTH Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. And I feel the need to point out that this edition was published in 2005, before either of them ran. This book isn't that long (160 small pages) and i I picked up a copy of this book at a quaint little book shop December of 2016. They had a Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump display that was marked 50% off. This was the only book that wasn't actually BY or about either candidate, but they let me have if for half price anyway. It. is. hilarious. It also mentions BOTH Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. And I feel the need to point out that this edition was published in 2005, before either of them ran. This book isn't that long (160 small pages) and it really doesn't mention that many people (the index with explanations of who each person is and where they were mentioned is only three pages) so that's kind of amazing. There was an earlier edition that was published in 2003, and I wonder if that's the version earlier reviewers read because I thought it was well organized and well written. I see a lot of people complaining that it was too serious or their weren't enough jokes, but to me the entire tone of the book is, "THIS IS A LONG JOKE." And it's funny because it's true. Also, sometimes I feel the need to quote comical criticisms that were said about a book in all earnestness in other reviews. 1) "The illustrations are terribly amateurish. Several real world rulers are depicted, but bear only a suggestive resemblance to their real-life counterparts. Everything in the pictures are odd: shoes are thick rectangles, everyone's head is a square, and the main character (the one on the cover) has pants that are 4x as thick as his legs." 2) "Clearly aimed exclusively at male readers. Kept telling me that if I did x/y/z I would "get women" like women are some kind of ornament." Yeah, this guide to being a terrible person isn't feminist enough. One star.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dennis Kocik

    Despite what some of these reviewers think, this was a great read. The author perused history and pulled some of the best bits of information from every age to illustrate the points and topics he wished to cover on anyone's road to the ultimate top of the pack. The information was useful, informative, and in some instances humorous -especially when comparing the incompetency's of Democracy and the democratic process to that of an Authoritarian regime...humorous and also deadly accurate. Recommen Despite what some of these reviewers think, this was a great read. The author perused history and pulled some of the best bits of information from every age to illustrate the points and topics he wished to cover on anyone's road to the ultimate top of the pack. The information was useful, informative, and in some instances humorous -especially when comparing the incompetency's of Democracy and the democratic process to that of an Authoritarian regime...humorous and also deadly accurate. Recommended.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    When I was an ambitious and unscrupulous preteen, I expressed a belief, often and loudly, that if the right person were to take over the world, basically all of the problems we faced as a society would be simply and efficiently solved. My father gave me this book as a present in response, and I recall enjoying it quite a lot. My political views have changed somewhat as I've gotten older, but the (largely fictitious) idea of the enlightened dictator as the answer to all of society's ills still ha When I was an ambitious and unscrupulous preteen, I expressed a belief, often and loudly, that if the right person were to take over the world, basically all of the problems we faced as a society would be simply and efficiently solved. My father gave me this book as a present in response, and I recall enjoying it quite a lot. My political views have changed somewhat as I've gotten older, but the (largely fictitious) idea of the enlightened dictator as the answer to all of society's ills still has a fond place in my memory

  8. 4 out of 5

    Seth Turnage

    Honestly made me sick to my stomach, but it delivers on what it advertises as being.

  9. 5 out of 5

    monicadear

    Silly!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alan Chen

    Disappointing on both a personal and technical level. Expecting either a book of humor or a book that was serious but simultaneously tongue-in-cheek, the book was neither. The book lacks structure, jumping for example to point like a terrible debater grasping for supporting examples. Fundamentally, I never once so much as cracked a smile while reading this book. Every page turn was a chore. On a technical note, I was annoyed by two things. 1) The illustrations are terribly amateurish. Several rea Disappointing on both a personal and technical level. Expecting either a book of humor or a book that was serious but simultaneously tongue-in-cheek, the book was neither. The book lacks structure, jumping for example to point like a terrible debater grasping for supporting examples. Fundamentally, I never once so much as cracked a smile while reading this book. Every page turn was a chore. On a technical note, I was annoyed by two things. 1) The illustrations are terribly amateurish. Several real world rulers are depicted, but bear only a suggestive resemblance to their real-life counterparts. Everything in the pictures are odd: shoes are thick rectangles, everyone's head is a square, and the main character (the one on the cover) has pants that are 4x as thick as his legs. 2) All of the book's text is minute, almost smaller than that of a standard paperback. As such, each page is dominated by the ample amounts of white margins surrounding a mass of size 6 Times New Roman.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Errol Orhan

    This is not a great book. Its not even a good book, but then again, it doesnt claim te be so. Its an average book on an interesting subject. Now, because most books written on the subject are so grim and dismissive, it was fun to read. However, the most interesting thing proved the story of the author himself. After reading that I just thought: hmmm, would have liked more content in the book. But then again, this is only dictatorship 101. My advice: dont buy the book, but see if you can lend it s This is not a great book. Its not even a good book, but then again, it doesnt claim te be so. Its an average book on an interesting subject. Now, because most books written on the subject are so grim and dismissive, it was fun to read. However, the most interesting thing proved the story of the author himself. After reading that I just thought: hmmm, would have liked more content in the book. But then again, this is only dictatorship 101. My advice: dont buy the book, but see if you can lend it somewhere.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Steven Ho

    There's a few comments I would like to make about this book. 1) I think the author did a great job bringing humor by illustrating cartoon and making some comments about power. For an example: "Power has a pretty poor image in todays world... some say power should be shared, that too much power in one persons hands is a bad thing... but only people without power say these things, while people who have power know that nothing happens without it." 2.) Poorly structured 3.) Interesting subject and a f There's a few comments I would like to make about this book. 1) I think the author did a great job bringing humor by illustrating cartoon and making some comments about power. For an example: "Power has a pretty poor image in todays world... some say power should be shared, that too much power in one persons hands is a bad thing... but only people without power say these things, while people who have power know that nothing happens without it." 2.) Poorly structured 3.) Interesting subject and a fast read I finished reading this book about 6 hours

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennie Rigg

    Falls between the two stools of history and humour, ultimately with the charm of neither. Clearly aimed exclusively at male readers. Kept telling me that if I did x/y/z I would "get women" like women are some kind of ornament. The humour was boorish and irritating, and the history was slight and superficial. Honestly, I learned more about various of the figures in this book from the children's book Corpse Talk ( http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22... ), and Corpse Talk has the added bonus that Falls between the two stools of history and humour, ultimately with the charm of neither. Clearly aimed exclusively at male readers. Kept telling me that if I did x/y/z I would "get women" like women are some kind of ornament. The humour was boorish and irritating, and the history was slight and superficial. Honestly, I learned more about various of the figures in this book from the children's book Corpse Talk ( http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22... ), and Corpse Talk has the added bonus that it occasionally features women other than Maggie bloody Thatcher. Avoid.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Now I can conquer the world! This book has all you need to know, from handy hints to must-dos to charismatic leaders such as Stalin and Hitler to go by. After all, who wouldn't want to rule the world in the likes of Hitler for a role model? Thank you, Andre de Guillaume, whoever you are, for writing this book and granting me the knowledge to stage my own coup. Goodbye, Rudd, I shall be taking your position now.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Y

    This is the funniest thing I read this year! But only the beginning... "Power has a pretty poor image in todays world... some say power should be shared, that too much power in one persons hands is a bad thing... but only people without power say these things, while people who have power know that nothing happens without it. YOU ARE NOTHING WITHOUT POWER" Unfortunately most of the chapters are boring... I would just read the firs few pages for fun and put it down.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Heather Ingerson

    This book is a funny and interesting handbook for all of us who dream of world domination ( or for those who are still thinking about it). It's a small book but worth a read. See if you have the makings of a dictator! :) one of the best christmas presents I ever received.

  17. 4 out of 5

    J

    Bought this for my husband-it's one of his favorite books. I learned I am the "entertainer wife," that so many dictators have-which wasn't news to me-but the description was hilarious.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Merchant

    This is my handbook for life. A must read for aspiring dictators!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tom Holme

    Look out world! I'm coming for you!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    M

    This book is pretty darn funny. I think the title is self-explanatory. There are mini-bios of famous dictators scattered throughout the book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    If only the content was as clever as the title

  22. 5 out of 5

    Robert New England

    A very useful how-to guide :-)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jaimie

    Absolutely hilarious!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Very funny in parts. A good quick read when you have time to kill.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Batur

    a pricesless hand book for those to understand a dictator's communication strategies.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Usman Chohan

    A Handbook for the Aspiring Dictator... Might be the greatest book Ever.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    Not bad, humerous for the most part. Interesting subject and a fast read

  28. 4 out of 5

    Keryne

    It was nice for a quick read and it amused me :) at least for a little while

  29. 4 out of 5

    Yas

    humorous, fast read book. I enjoyed it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Tongue-in-cheek tips for becoming an exceptional dictator. Cute coffee table book.

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