Coup D'etat: A Practical Handbook was written by Edward Luttwak in 1969, and has since been revised several times. It's pretty much what the title suggests: a complete guide to planning, organizing and executing the violent overthrow of a national government. From organizing your first revolutionary cells, to infiltrating the armed forces, to storming the Presidential Palace, to that all-important first communique after control is yours, Coup D'etat has it all. The perfect Christmas present for the burgeoning Third World dictator in your family.

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