The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics (Paperback)
About the Author
Bruce Bueno de Mesquita is the Julius Silver Professor of Politics and director of the Alexander Hamilton Center for Political Economy at New York University. He is the author of sixteen books, including The Predictioneer's Game.
Alastair Smith is professor of politics at New York University. The recipient of three grants from the National Science Foundation and author of three books, he was chosen as the 2005 Karl Deutsch Award winner, given biennially to the best international relations scholar under the age of forty. They are also the authors of The Spoils of War: Greed, Power, and the Conflicts That Made Our Greatest Presidents.
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.—Enlightenment Economics
this fascinating book Bueno de Mesquita and Smith spin out their view of governance:
that all successful leaders, dictators and democrats, can best be understood as
almost entirely driven by their own political survival-a view they characterize
as 'cynical, but we fear accurate.' Yet as we follow the authors through
their brilliant historical assessments of leaders' choices-from Caesar to
Tammany Hall and the Green Bay Packers-we gradually realize that their brand of
cynicism yields extremely realistic guidance about spreading the rule of law,
decent government, and democracy. James Madison would have loved this