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Enlightenment Economics, July 14, 2011
“Machiavelli’s The Prince has a new rival. It’s THE DICTATOR’S HANDBOOK by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith.… This is a fantastically thought-provoking read. I found myself not wanting to agree but actually, for the most part, being convinced that the cynical analysis is the true one.”
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in political science or developmental economics.
I don't want to spend a lot of words on this, but it sufices to say that this is the only book you'll ever need to read to understand politics.
Still, I've read a lot of "wide-audience" books and, while this was fun to read, it wasn't very well crafted.
This book is quite an eye opener. It really answers some questions for me about why the world is as it is - and perhaps what might be done to alter it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. C. Macleod
This book explains exactly why the protests, elections, and other expressions by the citizenry are of no concern to those in power. Read morePublished 1 month ago by TrialAuthor
The book was well written for someone like me being a novice to the language of Social Science. One of the examples of Liberia's President Tolbert peaked my interest since I have a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Doc Livin
They make a point pretty early on in the book and then draw it out with examples throughout the book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bill
The Dictator's Handbook by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith is in many ways trying to be The Selfish Gene of political science. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chris Larkin
This book is a pretty straight-forward study of governance in all its manifestations, and refuses to entertain the idea that political parties and methods are different in anything... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dan Bergevin
As a former Peace Corps volunteer and Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in the ex-Soviet country of Kyrgyzstan, I can attest that Professor Mesquita's book is... Read morePublished 3 months ago by David Larson
Amazing book! This really opened my eyes to the way foreign aid is given and received. What a different world we would live in if every American read this book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Yi Xie