The Dictator's Playbook

They were ruthless men with unchecked power, controlling their people with an iron fist. Suppressing all dissent, they demanded absolute loyalty, jailing or killing those who opposed them. They were the dictators, tyrants who shaped the twentieth century and left their mark on our own.

Episodes

Air Date: April 08, 2019 - 53:22
An examination of the methods used by Idi Amin, Uganda's self-declared ,President for Life, to seize power and rule brutally for 8 years, causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.
Air Date: April 01, 2019 - 53:22
A look at the methods used by Manuel Noriega to rise to power and rule Panama for six tumultuous years before his removal by the US in 1989.
Air Date: March 25, 2019 - 53:22
An exploration of the methods and tactics of Generalissimo Francisco Franco, who ruled Spain with absolute power for four decades.
Air Date: March 18, 2019 - 53:22
A look at the methods used by Benito Mussolini to become the first fascist dictator, ruling Italy for two decades and paving the way for Adolf Hitler.
Air Date: March 11, 2019 - 53:22
An examination of the tactics and techniques used by Saddam Hussein to seize control of Iraq and then remain in power for nearly a quarter century.
Air Date: March 04, 2019 - 53:22
A look at the methods used by Kim il Sung to turn North Korea into the most controlled society on Earth and become a god in the eyes of his people.