Season 1: 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.

    Video thumbnail: The Dictator's Playbook Saddam Hussein

    The Dictator's Playbook

    Saddam Hussein

    Learn how Saddam Hussein seized power in Iraq and maintained it for almost 30 years.

    Saddam Hussein

    Video thumbnail: The Dictator's Playbook Kim Il Sung

    The Dictator's Playbook

    Kim Il Sung

    Kim Il Sung created a North Korean dictatorship that has lasted for three generations.

    Kim Il Sung

    Support for PBS.org provided by: