Season 1: The Dictator's Playbook

Learn how six dictators, from Mussolini to Saddam Hussein, shaped the 20th century. 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.

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The Dictator's Playbook

Idi Amin

See how Idi Amin used military force to seize power and build a dictatorship in Uganda.

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Idi Amin

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The Dictator's Playbook

Francisco Franco

Learn how Francisco Franco won the Spanish Civil War and became the dictator of Spain.

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Francisco Franco

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The Dictator's Playbook

Manuel Noriega

Watch Manuel Noriega rise to power in Panama, and witness his sudden downfall.

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Manuel Noriega

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The Dictator's Playbook

Benito Mussolini

Meet the man who created fascism, an ideology that plunged most of Europe into darkness.

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Benito Mussolini

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The Dictator's Playbook

Saddam Hussein

Learn how Saddam Hussein seized power in Iraq and maintained it for almost 30 years.

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Saddam Hussein

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The Dictator's Playbook

Kim Il Sung

Kim Il Sung created a North Korean dictatorship that has lasted for three generations.

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Kim Il Sung