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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.

Air date:
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.

Air date:
Wed, 02/06/2019 - 04:15
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Sat Oct 26th, 12:00am
Sat Oct 26th, 8:00am
Tue Oct 29th, 5:00am
Tue Oct 29th, 11:00am
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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 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.

Air date:
Wed, 01/30/2019 - 04:15
WGBY World
Sat Oct 19th, 12:00am
Sat Oct 19th, 8:00am
Sat Oct 19th, 2:00pm
Tue Oct 22nd, 5:00am
Tue Oct 22nd, 11:00am
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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

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.

Air date:
Wed, 01/23/2019 - 04:15
WGBY World
Sat Oct 12th, 12:00am
Sat Oct 12th, 8:00am
Sat Oct 12th, 2:00pm
Tue Oct 15th, 5:00am
Tue Oct 15th, 11:00am
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Learn how Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq with an iron fist for over 30 years. To maintain power, he used fear, intimidation and violence like few others in history, but he made the fatal mistake of believing his regime could take on the whole world.

Air date:
Wed, 01/16/2019 - 04:15
WGBY World
Sat Oct 5th, 12:00am
Sat Oct 5th, 8:00am
Sat Oct 5th, 2:00pm
Tue Oct 8th, 5:00am
Tue Oct 8th, 11:00am
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Witness Kim Il Sung's transformation from guerrilla fighter to brutal dictator of North Korea. How did he build the most controlled society on earth and launch a dictatorship that has lasted for three generations?

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