Alan Sweeney

Cambridge, MA US
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  • The Dictator's Handbook

  • Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics
  • By: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,525
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,167
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For 18 years, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith have been revolutionizing the study of politics by turning conventional wisdom on its head. They start from a single assertion: Leaders do whatever keeps them in power. They don't care about the "national interest" - or even their subjects - unless they have to. This clever and accessible book shows that the difference between tyrants and democrats is just a convenient fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Think you understand politics, think again!

  • By Michael on 07-01-14

Thank you, CGP Grey

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Reviewed: 11-17-16

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I got here because CGP Grey let me. Watch the youtube video, "the rules for rulers", as a brilliant 20-minute summary of this audio book. If it got you hooked, you're very welcomed you just found the right book for you to listen to.

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