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The Dictator’s Playbook

The Dictator’s Playbook

Wednesdays at 10 p.m. beginning Jan. 9
Repeats Thursdays at 4 a.m. beginning Jan. 10

A new six-part series chronicles the rise and fall of six of the 20th century’s most infamous rulers.

THE DICTATOR’S PLAYBOOK examines the historical, sociological and psychological foundations of 20th-century dictatorships, and provides fresh insight into six brutal men who impacted world history: Kim Il Sung, Saddam Hussein, Benito Mussolini, Manuel Noriega, Francisco Franco and Idi Amin.

Through historical context and analysis, the series explores how these dictators functioned, how they influenced each other and why they succeeded or failed. As different as these men were from each other, they followed a series of essential steps—an unwritten “dictator’s playbook.”

While focusing specifically on the individual dictators and their countries, each one-hour episode asks a series of questions that allows viewers to understand the politics and psychology of dictatorships.


Visit the THE DICTATOR’S PLAYBOOK website.

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