Peter York Douglas Coupland
Dictator Style: Lifestyles of the World's Most Colorful Despots
March 14, 2019 Comments.. 877
Dictator Style Lifestyles of the World s Most Colorful Despots 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 interi
  • Title: Dictator Style: Lifestyles of the World's Most Colorful Despots
  • Author: Peter York Douglas Coupland
  • ISBN: 9780811853149
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 photograWelcome 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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    1. Pam says:

      Fun Book This made me laugh in the same way that Manifest Destiny A Guide to the Essential Indifference of American Suburban Housing amused me The author has a lot of fun ridiculing dictators for their design choices and we benefit The effect is that while the dictators profiled are very dangerous people, they seem safer and human and in some cases, juvenile, because we are getting a glimps of them doing something they are bad at architectural and interior design Almost every dictator in this [...]

    2. Don says:

      Dictator style is an under researched subject This book takes great strides towards remedying this problem Most of the great ones are here Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, Tito, Mobutu, Franco and Bokassa and plenty that some may be unfamiliar with like the erstwhile dictator of Mexico The individual strongmen s styles are as varied as their regime Franco s gaff is tasteful and understated, Stalin had a lovely Edwardian dacha while Mobutu went in for fake pagodas and plenty of red and gold The top man how [...]

    3. Wendy says:

      Snarky, punchy writing on such a specific topic I ve always wanted to write a collection about dictator hair beard mustache styles DON T YOU STEAL MY IDEA , and this dry Brit s tone is exactly what I d aspire to largely mockery by someone who knows his interiors well, but with a healthy dose of appreciation for the monstrous things these folks did The photos are, unsurprisingly, not top quality, but that shouldn t prevent anyone from enjoying some of the phenomenally bad taste these awful men an [...]

    4. Don says:

      Dictator style is an under researched subject This book takes great strides towards remedying this problem Most of the great ones are here Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, Tito, Mobutu, Franco and Bokassa and plenty that some may be unfamiliar with like the erstwhile dictator of Mexico The individual strongmen s styles are as varied as their regime Franco s gaff is tasteful and understated, Stalin had a lovely Edwardian dacha while Mobutu went in for fake pagodas and plenty of red and gold The top man how [...]

    5. Caroline Mersey says:

      This is a fabulous addition to any bookshelf a compendium of arch, illustrated pieces about the interior design tastes of the world s most colourful tyrants Like Cheshire based footballers with money than taste, this is all gold taps and leopard print And it s crying out for a post Gadaffi updated edition.

    6. Elaine Meszaros says:

      It would seem that, out there somewhere, there is a checklist and letter that your average dictator is sent when they reach a certain level Yes, this letter says, you may rule with an iron fist and have your every bloody whim met But in return, you will have horrendous interior decorating taste Right, let s see here Gilt and flocked wallpaper CheckDark European paintings CheckFrench or English antiques or knock offs CheckEnormous, empty rooms with no purpose CheckStashes of stuff shoes, furs, je [...]

    7. Jonathan Lu says:

      This was a coffee table book I just had to pick up for a quick skim goes to show that most of these guys really are pretty f ed up in the head I d have to bet that the home of Lee Kuan Yew is probably very normal Maybe this should be the test we have to pass before judging whether a dictator will be benevolent or another one of these madmen.The introduction is pretty hilarious Saddam s chandelier was the size of a two car garage If a reason to invade Iraq was wanted, felony interior decorating w [...]

    8. Paul says:

      Light reading, but with punchy writing the writer is clearly a dry Brit with a self assured sense of interior decorating and style I ve long been fascinated with dictator s appalling sense of style and decorum, so buying this in the 5 book aisle was a no brainer.Worth picking up, if only to see photos of the truly remarkable fantasy porn art that Saddam Hussein had hanging on the walls of his palaces Perhaps not the final word in the appalling taste of dictators and genocidal maniacs, but an eng [...]

    9. Harvey says:

      from the jacket Running with the idea that homes are where we are truly ourselves, Dictator Style examines the frightening decorating tastes of some of history s most alarming despots and proves that absolute power corrupts absolutely, right down to the drapes P.J O Rourke once wrote Saddam s chandelier was the size of a two car garage If a reason to invade Iraq was wanted felony decorating would have done all your favourite dictators are here Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Tito, Mussolini, Mobutu, Idi [...]

    10. Brook says:

      Dated, but interesting Shows how luxury in other parts of the world simply means plate it in gold or buy a thousand of them or buy a thousand of them and plate them in gold The book has almost no social commentary, but does give brief backgrounds on the dictators and their families Most of the content is focused on the items lifestyle itself Another book that proves you can t take it with you, almost everyone s place gets cleaned out when they re exiled deposed killed.

    11. Jennifer says:

      i learned some important facts, and the pictures are fantastic this is a must look at coffee table book that you will never see unless you know me or run a remainder house So many great theme books get remaindered Where is my store

    12. Brian says:

      This exceedingly funny book should, in my opinion, be read by everybody, and should be in particular given to anyone so pretentious as to not be fully aware of the corruption that absolute power can wreak on one s psyche.

    13. Meg - A Bookish Affair says:

      This book was really interesting and really sad It showed how some of the most notorious dictators lived It s amazing how many of them had bad taste and sad to see how many of them lived in gaudy splendor while their countrymen suffered at their hands.

    14. Molly says:

      This book is fun to check out from the library It has the lifestyles and houses of famous dictators None of them have any taste

    15. Fishface says:

      I will treasure this book forever, reading it over and over when I need a good laugh Long live the interior decorating decisions of our lost, loony dictators

    16. DoctorM says:

      Okay hilarious, wicked, and spot on Scary, too, in a deadpan way.

    17. Stuart says:

      POORLY WRITTEN, BUT THE SUBJECT MATTER IS UNBEATABLE PLUS PICTURES

    18. Beth says:

      This book is a great look into the decorating style of some notorious dictators I m looking forward to an updated version that includes Trump s garish penthouse

    19. Ally says:

      This book was terribly edited and hardly researched It would have been much, much better as a picture only coffee table book.

    20. Jillian says:

      Money and power can t buy you taste.

    21. Chris Mcelwee says:

      Good fun, Dictators have no taste, power can t buy you style also a foward by Douglas Coupland Can t say fairer than that

    22. Katie says:

      A volume of snark, and for a book supposedly about design rather badly designed, too.Even the Douglas Coupland byline wasn t enough to save this from the remainder bin in his own home town.

    23. jonanna says:

      This might be the awesomest book I ever read.

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