Book Review: How to Rule the World: A Handbook for the Aspiring Dictator (André de Guillaume)

Book Review: How to Rule the World: A Handbook for the Aspiring Dictator (André de Guillaume)

How to Rule the World: A Handbook for the Aspiring Dictator by André de Guillaume

Rule the World

Who doesn’t want to Rule the World? This is a humorous look at dictatorship, poking fun at the idea of it in a satirical fashion via a “handbook” style piece of work. There is some historical information and a bit of factual basis to this, but through and through though its a satirical piece of work. It talks of past dictators – Hitler, Alexander the Great, Stalin, Mao, etc, and gives evidence for how they took charge, how they seized power, how they controlled and maintained power, and even how they lost their power (or their lives).

GoodReads Blurb

The back of the book blurb according to GoodReads:

Everyone wants to rule the world, but only a precious few have the skills to create an ironclad plan of attack. Simple, direct, and delightfully unprincipled, this guide contains tales of global power mongering from every age and endeavors to show dilettante dictators and tyrants-to-be just how it’s done. Tips are provided on creating a personal flag, what type of puppet government to establish, how to squelch free speech, and, most important, how to handle enemies. Also included are humorous full-color illustrations, sidebars on admirable despots, and self-quizzes that allow readers to see if they have what it takes to conquer the world.

How to Rule the World – GoodReads

Book Review – How to Rule the World: A Handbook for the Aspiring Dictator

By: Andre de Guillaume

In a world saturated with self-help books and guides on achieving personal and professional success, Andre de Guillaume takes a wildly different route with his audacious and satirical “How to Rule the World: A Handbook for the Aspiring Dictator.” This compact, witty tome provides readers with a cheeky step-by-step guide on ascending to ultimate power and establishing dictatorial rule, ostensibly leaving no political stone unturned.


Guillaume’s approach is both ironic and instructive, underlined by a sharp, dark sense of humor that both entertains and provokes thought. The book, structured as a manual, covers a range of essential topics for the budding dictator, from seizing power and controlling the populace to managing international relations and suppressing opposition. The author crafts each chapter with a blend of historical anecdotes and hypothetical scenarios, creating a mock-serious tone that underscores the absurdity of the pursuit.

Writing Style

Andre de Guillaume’s writing is direct, incisive, and infused with irony. His ability to distill complex political maneuvers into digestible advice, albeit facetiously, makes for an engaging read. The text is peppered with references to historical dictators, blending real events and figures with hypothetical, often hilarious advice and scenarios. This technique not only makes the material accessible but also continuously reminds the reader of the serious undertones behind the laughter.

Audience Appeal

While “How to Rule the World” is clearly tongue-in-cheek, its appeal stretches beyond just those looking for a humorous read. Students of political science might find it a light-hearted supplement to more serious studies, offering a unique perspective on the mechanics of authoritarian rule. Meanwhile, fans of satire and political humor will appreciate the cleverness with which Guillaume mimics self-help and leadership manuals.

Critical Perspective

Despite its entertaining content, the book might not be for everyone. Some may find the subject matter offensive if taken out of context, and it’s important for readers to approach it with an understanding of its satirical intent. Additionally, while the book is amusing and clever, it doesn’t offer deep, nuanced analysis of political systems—nor is it meant to.

Overall, “How to Rule the World: A Handbook for the Aspiring Dictator” by Andre de Guillaume is a sharply witty, amusing book that cleverly satirizes the self-help and leadership genres. While it should be consumed with an appreciation for its satirical nature and not as a genuine guide, it offers valuable insights—delivered with a laugh—into the machinations of dictatorial power. For those looking to be both entertained and provoked into thought about the absurdities of absolute power, this handbook is certainly worth the read.

My GoodReads Rating: ***
My LibraryThing Rating: ***
Global Average GoodReads Rating: 3.66 (as of 3.14.24)

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