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Dictator's Playbook

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.

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

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Wed, 02/13/2019 - 04:15
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/vrtJ38HWxRksdqCp29a-Aw==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Learn how Francisco Franco used the tactics of colonial war to win control of Spain. Driven by a deeply conservative vision, he used torture, murder and incarceration to transform Spanish Society. /episodes/get/89865 /episode/89865 Francisco Franco /episode-player/89865

See how Idi Amin used lessons learned in the colonial British Army to build a powerful dictatorship in Uganda. Though a combination of populist charm and brutal violence, he ruled for eight years -- until his strategic blunders brought him down.

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Wed, 02/06/2019 - 04:15
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/Uf9MBzRsnyKtTx03oWrLaw==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Watch Manuel Noriega rise through the Panamanian military to become chief of intelligence – and then, military dictator. He spied for the United States, but in the end, money laundering, drug trafficking and political crimes led to his downfall. /episodes/get/89541 /episode/89541 Manuel Noriega /episode-player/89541

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

Air date:
Wed, 01/30/2019 - 04:15
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/GtRbKse8Sxa9wVqPKOciNQ==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false See why Benito Mussolini was considered a pioneer among 20th century dictators. From undermining judges to indoctrinating children, he forged key tactics for seizing power. He also created fascism, an ideology that would plunge Europe into darkness. /episodes/get/89368 /episode/89368 Benito Mussolini /episode-player/89368

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

Air date:
Wed, 01/23/2019 - 04:15
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Learn how Saddam Hussein seized power in Iraq and maintained it for almost 30 years.

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Wed, 01/16/2019 - 04:15
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Kim Il Sung created a North Korean dictatorship that has lasted for three generations.

Air date:
Wed, 01/09/2019 - 04:15
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