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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.

Benito Mussolini - Airs Wednesday, January, 23 at 10 p.m.


Season 1
Episode 6
See how Idi Amin used lessons learned in the colonial British army to build a powerful...
Season 1
Episode 5
Learn how Francisco Franco used the tactics of colonial war to win control of Spain....
Season 1
Episode 4
Watch Manuel Noriega rise through the Panamanian military to become chief of intelligence...
Season 1
Episode 3
See why Benito Mussolini was considered a pioneer among 20th century dictators. From...
Season 1
Episode 2
Learn how Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq with an iron fist for almost 30 years. To maintain...
Season 1
Episode 1
Witness Kim Il Sung's transformation from guerrilla fighter to brutal dictator of North...


Explore how dictators, from Mussolini to Saddam Hussein, seized, held and fell from power.