Dictator's Playbook

Learn how six dictators, from Mussolini to Saddam Hussein, shaped the world. How did they seize and lose power? What forces were against them? Learn the answers in these six immersive hours, each a revealing portrait of brutality and power.

Dictator's Playbook By Episode

  • Kim Il Sung (#101)

    Witness Kim Il Sung's transformation from guerrilla fighter to brutal dictator of North Korea.

  • Saddam Hussein (#102)

    Learn how Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq with an iron fist for over 30 years.

  • Benito Mussolini (#103)

    See why Benito Mussolini was considered a pioneer among 20th century dictators.

  • Manuel Noriega (#104)

    Watch Manuel Noriega rise through the Panamanian military to become chief of intelligence -- and then, military dictator.

  • Francisco Franco (#105)

    Learn how Francisco Franco used the tactics of colonial war to win control of Spain.

  • Idi Amin (#106)

    See how Idi Amin used lessons learned in the colonial British Army to build a powerful dictatorship in Uganda.



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