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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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Tue Nov 5th, 5:00am
Tue Nov 5th, 11:00am
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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.

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Wed, 02/13/2019 - 04:15
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Sat Nov 9th, 12:00am
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Sat Nov 9th, 2:00pm
Tue Nov 12th, 5:00am
Tue Nov 12th, 11:00am
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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 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.

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Wed, 01/30/2019 - 04:15
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Meet the man who created fascism, an ideology that plunged most of Europe into darkness.

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Wed, 01/23/2019 - 04:15
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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.

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Wed, 01/16/2019 - 04:15
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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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