Dictator Style: Lifestyles of the World's Most Colorful Despots

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Chronicle Books, May 4, 2006 - House & Home - 119 pages
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Welcome to the fabulous lifestyles of the cruel and despotic. Running with the idea that our homes are where we are truly ourselves, Peter York's wildly original and scathingly funny look at the interior decorating tastes of some of history's most alarming dictators proves that absolute power corrupts absolutely, right down to the drapes. Mining rare, jaw-dropping photographs of interiors now mostly (thankfully) destroyed, York's hilarious profiles of 16 inner sanctums of the scary leaves no endangered tiger pelt unturned, from Saddam Hussein's creepy private art collection to General Noriega's Christmas tree to the strange tube and knob contraption in the Ceausescu bathroom. All your favorite dictators are here: Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Tito, Mussolini, Mobutu, Idi Amin, Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos—each with their own uniquely frightful chic. An interior decorating book like no other, Dictator Style is a welcome tonic for a world in need of a good laugh at the expense of the all-powerful.

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User Review  - Big_Bang_Gorilla - LibraryThing

Being a photographic tour, together with snarky text, on the living quarters of some noted twentieth-century despots. The photographs are fascinating, but the author isn't particularly humorous. More ... Read full review

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User Review  - pbadeer - LibraryThing

It takes a certain kind of mindset to come up with the idea for a Coffee Table style book on interior design based on famous dictators from around the globe. Of course, it takes another kind of ... Read full review

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Peter York is an internationally renowned author, broadcaster, journalist, and style guru. A columnist for the Independent on Sunday (U.K.) and GQ , he lives in London.

Douglas Coupland is the author of ten novels and numerous books on popular culture. A regular contributor to the New York Times , New Republic , and Artforum, he lives in Vancouver.

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