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Dictators' Homes: Lifestyles of the World's Most Colourful Despots [Hardcover]

Peter York , Douglas Coupland
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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26 Oct 2005
Our homes are an extension of our personalities. Home is the place where we are truly ourselves and it reveals a great deal about what makes us tick. Peter York looks at how some of history's most alarming men and women have chosen to decorate their homes; exploring the private tastes of these public figures in the broader context of twentieth century interiors and architecture. From Benito Mussolini's inglenook fireplace to Hitler's parquet floor; Saddam Hussein's private artwork to General Noriega's Christmas tree; he leaves no design detail unexamined. These buildings illustrate what happens when unrestricted imagination collides with unlimited power. Dictators' Homes affords as great an insight into some of history's most dangerous minds as any interview or archive.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; 1st Edition edition (26 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184354430X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843544302
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 408,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'I absolutely love it… absolutely fascinating and brilliant.' Tracey Emin -- Start the Week

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`Fascinating' Vogue,
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2.0 out of 5 stars this sucks - we want pics 5 Nov 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Pictures is what I was after. You want to see Saddam's boudoir and his cheesy taste in more than just a handful of pics. There is some good insight into what dictators want to project but I was looking for loads of pictures of Dictator Chic from Africa to S. America and was disappointed.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Duplication 13 Jan 2007
I would advise against buying both Dictator's Homes and Dictator's style. Despite the different titles, they share the same text and photographs. It is almost as if the authors and publishers are bunch of greedy crooks. The set made a poor Christmas present.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great coffee table book 6 Dec 2013
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Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought as a jokey present for very unpretentious friends. They loved it and its a real talking point. Good value and delivered on time.
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