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The Dictator's Handbook

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Dear Leader reminds me of a book I read about governance, called "The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics." By Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith. The book is incredible. It starts off sort of tongue-in-cheek, advising readers how to be a good dictator, but the voice becomes more standard as it progress. Anyway, it's essentially a collection of real-world examples of dictatorships. It talks about how dictators come into power and how they stay in power. It also talks about the similarities and differences between democracies and autocracies (dictatorships). It's super fascinating. And it helped me to understand the world on many levels, including most basically why so many awful things are happening in so many countries. It's also an easy read; sort of a page-turner, actually. Highly recommended.

Here's the link to the official website:

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