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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; First Edition edition (October 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556525877
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556525872
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This slim satirical volume purports to map the road to world (or at least great) power from childhood to the grave. Send-ups of everything abound, from pop psychology questionnaires such as "Have You Got What It Takes?" and lists of "Career Paths" (salesman being ideal, since it teaches how to lie with a straight face). After advising on how to seize power, by force or fraud, the tips then cover designing a national flag, managing money while gaining as little of it as possible honestly and arranging your love life so that it enhances your respectability. (This means that your wives and mistresses never meet.) There is even a guide for retirement, should one live so long. The historical snippets have much the same tone, although the portrayals of kids torturing animals to prepare for tyranny and the distinctly Third World flavor of the dictators may not strike everyone as funny. Others may more mildly object to bracketing Elizabeth I of England with Attila the Hun and the Bertelsmann conglomerate with the Mongols. The latter is an insider nod to de Guillaume's alter ego, unacknowledged in the text or on the jacket copy: when not aspiring to thrones, de Guillaume is called Andrew Wilkins, and serves as publisher of Australian Bookseller & Publisher.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

"Promises would-be despots the perfect primer." —Publishers Weekly


"Tongue only slightly in cheek . . . looks to famous despots of history for tips to help you decide if you really want this sort of career." —Boston Herald

"A comical dig at global politics." —Razor


"How to handle all the wealth, sex, and paranoia that comes with absolute power." —Salt Lake Tribune

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Customer Reviews

Very funny to read.
Ken
Once you begin reading this book, there is no way you can look at people around you the same.
Nelson Lopez
It accurately speaks about the way in which to become a dictator, but in a humorous way.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Lesley West on September 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Samuel Johnson said "There are few minds to which tyranny is not delightful", and when it comes to this amusing little book, how right he was. Serious students of world domination may start with Machievelli's "The Prince", the rest of us can have a laugh over this.
The chapters are an interesting tempters - they include "Have You Got What it Takes?", which details the ideal personality of a leader; "Career Paths to the Top" which lists 10 jobs likely to lead to world domination (one is a parking inspector); "Advanced World Rule" which discusses among other things founding a faith and "Posterity - Leaving Your Mark" - the joy of large monuments and best selling memoirs. There are enough real life tales here, told very tongue in cheek to make this quite an informative little book, but really it is just a very funny dig at the dictators and autocrats of the world. An agonisingly serious topic no doubt, but very funny here! Enjoy!
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Timmie on May 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Although this book is aimed mainly at men (I'm an 18 year old social princess), it is one of the best books I have ever read on power in every sense of the word.
The difference between this book and others is that it actually tells you the true secrets to success. Andre de Guillaume is 100% on the money when he said that, "power rarely goes to people who deserve it; it must be taken by force". The minute I finished reading this - controversial - book, I noticed an immediate change in my mindset. I have probably gone through the book fifty times by now, and I never get sick of it. My life has changed considerably for the better if only because I now see things from the eyes of a despot.
It's humorous, cruel and unnecessarily violent, but Goddess is it ever true. Feel free to test out the books therories immediately - I have, with impressive results.
You may not want to rule *the* world, but you will definitely know how to rule *your* world and everyone in it. And that's all that really matters, anyway.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James N Simpson on July 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is the ultimate manual for any up and coming dictator which takes the reader step by step through the process of how to become the ruler of a country, and ultimately if you can handle the pace, the world! This book is so good that when I become ruler of the world I will have all copies destroyed so that no one will be able to take my place.
With this book you'll learn important stuff like learning how to watch your back, whilst stabbing someone else's. The secret is not to worry what is right or wrong, only what is effective and other inspirational messages that will take you all the way to the top. This is the aspiring dictator's bible!
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By M. Hoffman on April 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
A friend handed me a copy of How to Rule the World, knowing my love of tyranny and long-standing desire to rule my own state. While I found the book to be cute, there is little new information for anyone who has seriously considered the path of the despot. As a light read that can be knocked out within a few hours, I recommend this book as a motivational pick-me-up to anyone seeking the path to power. It is a brief reminder that commitment, violence, and shameless backstabbing will pay off in the long run.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Howell on May 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
How to Rule the World... sounds simple enough, and with this guide, it makes it all the easier. You'll learn the tell tale signs of whether you should rule the world, set yourself in position so as to takeover and what to do once you are there. You'll learn how to dress extravagantly, where to hide your money, what earthly objects you will need to show off your wealth, and even what to do when you are ready to retire and put the next person of your choosing into power.

All this and snappy little history lessons based on past world rulers and their mistakes and proper procedures. While most book along this line tend to throw in alot of humor, this one cuts back on it, providing just enough tongue-in-cheek to make it a light-hearted affair while getting a history lesson on world rulers. It's not Machiavelli but if you wanted that then you should read that.

Overall, it's imaginative, light hearted, and informative. Well worth buying, Only down part is the artwork really put me off to begin with as it is seemingly done by a child, however, it grows on you and then I think it becomes more appropriate with these caricatures rather than more realistic portraits.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
While it's fun to plot global domination and read up on examples of dictators (Hitler, Castro, ...Maggie Thatcher!?!), the real value in the book is its satire. De Guillaume takes every technique practiced by Saddam, Kim-Jong Il and the like, and makes it into something really worth laughing at.
Some of the chapters/tips are obvious takes on famous tyrants (ie, shoot out your window Saddam-style at pigeons) and the general impression of the book is to make tyrants look even dumber than they looked before. Comparing the book's advice to those who are taking it in real life is always uproariously funny and a little educational.
A tiny book with an enormous amount of laughs and one that should be making dictators around the world tremble with embarrassed anger.
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