If our homes are an extension of our personalities then the interiors in Dictators' Homes provide evidence to substantiate the theory that these men and women were the world's most terrifying rulers. Featuring rare, jaw-dropping photographs of interiors that are now mostly (thankfully) destroyed, Peter York places each lair in its historical context leaving no tiger pelt unturned. From Saddam Hussein's private artwork and General Noriega's Christmas tree to the alarming tube and knob contraption in Ceausescu's en-suite bathroom no design detail is unexamined. The worlds' most famous Dictators are here. From Mussolini and Mobutu via Idi Amin, Lenin and Tito this book ensures that Dictators' crimes against good taste will no longer go unpunished.
PETER YORK is Britain's original style guru, and 'the Nancy Mitford of our time' (Financial Times). Style Editor of Harpers & Queen for a decade, he currently writes a column for the Independent on Sunday. His book, Dictators' Homes, was published by Atlantic in 2005 and Cooler, Faster, More Expensive: The Return of the Sloane Ranger, also by Atlantic, was published in 2007.