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.

Sat, Jan 19 3:00 A.M. Saddam Hussein     NH EXPLORE

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

Sat, Jan 19 9:00 P.M. Saddam Hussein     NH EXPLORE

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

Mon, Jan 21 4:00 A.M. Saddam Hussein     NH EXPLORE

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

Wed, Jan 23 10:00 P.M. Benito Mussolini     NHPBS

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

Thu, Jan 24 2:00 A.M. Benito Mussolini     NH EXPLORE

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

Thu, Jan 24 5:00 A.M. Benito Mussolini     NHPBS

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

Thu, Jan 24 8:00 P.M. Benito Mussolini     NH WORLD

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

Fri, Jan 25 1:00 A.M. Benito Mussolini     NH WORLD

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

Fri, Jan 25 3:00 A.M. Benito Mussolini     NH EXPLORE

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

Fri, Jan 25 9:00 A.M. Benito Mussolini     NH WORLD

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

Fri, Jan 25 3:00 P.M. Benito Mussolini     NH WORLD

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

Sun, Jan 27 3:00 A.M. Benito Mussolini     NH EXPLORE

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

Tue, Jan 29 3:00 A.M. Benito Mussolini     NH EXPLORE

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

Wed, Jan 30 10:00 P.M. Manuel Noriega     NHPBS

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

Thu, Jan 31 2:00 A.M. Manuel Noriega     NH EXPLORE

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

Thu, Jan 31 5:00 A.M. Manuel Noriega     NHPBS

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

Thu, Jan 31 8:00 P.M. Manuel Noriega     NH WORLD

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

Fri, Feb 1 1:00 A.M. Manuel Noriega     NH WORLD

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

Fri, Feb 1 3:00 A.M. Manuel Noriega     NH EXPLORE

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

Fri, Feb 1 9:00 A.M. Manuel Noriega     NH WORLD

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

Fri, Feb 1 3:00 P.M. Manuel Noriega     NH WORLD

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

Sat, Feb 2 4:00 A.M. Manuel Noriega     NH EXPLORE

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

Sat, Feb 2 9:00 P.M. Manuel Noriega     NH EXPLORE

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

Wed, Feb 6 10:00 P.M. Francisco Franco     NHPBS

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

Thu, Feb 7 2:00 A.M. Francisco Franco     NH EXPLORE

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

Thu, Feb 7 5:00 A.M. Francisco Franco     NHPBS

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

Thu, Feb 7 8:00 P.M. Francisco Franco     NH WORLD

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

Fri, Feb 8 1:00 A.M. Francisco Franco     NH WORLD

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

Fri, Feb 8 3:00 A.M. Francisco Franco     NH EXPLORE

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

Fri, Feb 8 9:00 A.M. Francisco Franco     NH WORLD

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

Fri, Feb 8 3:00 P.M. Francisco Franco     NH WORLD

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

Sat, Feb 9 4:00 A.M. Francisco Franco     NH EXPLORE

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

Sat, Feb 9 9:00 P.M. Francisco Franco     NH EXPLORE

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

Wed, Feb 13 10:00 P.M. Idi Amin     NHPBS

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

Thu, Feb 14 2:00 A.M. Idi Amin     NH EXPLORE

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

Thu, Feb 14 5:00 A.M. Idi Amin     NHPBS

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

Thu, Feb 14 8:00 P.M. Idi Amin     NH WORLD

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

Fri, Feb 15 1:00 A.M. Idi Amin     NH WORLD

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

Fri, Feb 15 3:00 A.M. Idi Amin     NH EXPLORE

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

Fri, Feb 15 9:00 A.M. Idi Amin     NH WORLD

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

Fri, Feb 15 3:00 P.M. Idi Amin     NH WORLD

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

Sat, Feb 16 4:00 A.M. Idi Amin     NH EXPLORE

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

Sat, Feb 16 9:00 P.M. Idi Amin     NH EXPLORE

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

Tue, Feb 19 3:00 A.M. Idi Amin     NH EXPLORE

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

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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