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.
Season 01, Episode 1 – “Kim Il Sung”
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?
Season 01, Episode 02 – “Saddam Hussein”
How Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq with an iron fist for almost 30 years. To maintain power, he used fear, intimidation and violence like few other dictators in history, but he made the fatal mistake of believing his regime could take on the world.
Season 01, Episode 3 – “Benito Mussolini”
The story of Italy’s Benito Mussolini (1883-1945), who was 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.
Season 01, Episode 4 – “Manuel Noriega”
Manuel Noriega rises through the Panamanian military to become military dictator, but he experiences a sudden downfall.
Season 01, Episode 5 – “Francisco Franco”
Francisco Franco wins the Spanish Civil War and becomes dictator of Spain, using torture, murder and incarceration to transform Spanish society.
Season 01, Episode 6 – “Idi Amin”
See how Idi Amin used lessons learned in the colonial British army to build a powerful dictatorship in Uganda. Through a combination of populist charm and brutal violence, he ruled for eight years – until his strategic blunders brought him down.