This is a great PBS special that
concentrates on six dictators in modern world history: Kim
Il Sung, Saddam Hussain, Benito Mussolini, Manuel Noriega,
Francisco Franco, and Idi Amin.
There are a lot of
horrible things to watch in this series. However, it's very
interesting history. I'm sure most people don't know the
full story about how each of these men came to power.
They're just names we hear in the news or in history books.
They were terrible people who sometimes did good things.
For instance, I did not know that Kim Il sung was a war
hero. I did not know that Saddam Hussein gave his people
free Medical Care and free university. Through watching
these DVD's, we can learn about these people, what they did,
the mistakes they made, and why they did terrible things.
They use a lot of news footage, plus experts in various
fields, to talk about these men. It makes the history come
I think anyone should learn a lot from
watching this. I am not sure I would say it's enjoyable,
though, nor that it would make a great gift.
THIS APRIL PBS DISTRIBUTION RELEASES
HIGHLY ANTICIPATED AND CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED TITLES INCLUDING
“VICTORIA, SEASON 3,” “MASTERPIECE: MRS. WILSON” AND HENRY
LOUIS GATES JR.’S “RECONSTRUCTION: AMERICA AFTER THE CIVIL
WAR” AMONG MANY OTHERS
Programs Available on DVD/Blu-ray and Digital
– March 26, 2019 – This April, PBS Distribution will
be releasing a plethora of new programs on DVD and
digitally, including the critically acclaimed, “VICTORIA, SEASON 3,”
“MRS. WILSON,” the fascinating
AMERICA AFTER THE CIVIL WAR,” and the eye-opening “CHARM
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, how they functioned, how they influenced each
other and why they succeeded or failed. Six episodes focus
on one dictator, including: Kim Il Sung, Saddam Hussein,
Benito Mussolini, Manuel Noriega, Francisco Franco, and
Street Date: April 2, 2019
Run Time: 360 minutes on 2 discs
SRP: DVD, $34.99
Format: DVD, Digital
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