The Dictator's Playbook: Miniseries (2019)

The Dictator's Playbook

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Air date: Jan 9, 2019
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Critic Reviews for The Dictator's Playbook Miniseries

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It's an important history to absorb.

Jan 14, 2019 | Full Review…

It's an absorbing, richly documented work. If the series has a flaw, it's the frequency of the academic commentaries -- messages that expend a good deal of time in emphatic explanations of the obvious.

Jan 11, 2019 | Full Review…

[It] might look like history, with much of the imagery in grainy black and white. But this PBS documentary series also provides modern-day resonance.

Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…
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  • Feb 14, 2019
    Americans know mindless sitcoms better than they know politics & civics. I contemplate if Civics taught any longer in the education systems. This miniseries should open your eyes. Dictators Playbook Tactics are as old as ancient Greeks and still used in modern times. Even by narcissistic buffoon wanna be Dictators.
  • Feb 10, 2019
    Episode 1, Kim II Sung briefly mentions that the U.S. bombed N. Korea from 1950-53, killing approx. 20% of the entire population. The program then seems to indicate that it is a mystery as to why Kim II Sung, or anyone in N. Korea for that matter, would fear the U.S.! Kim II Sung is a dictator. However, I hope that the formulaic nature of explaining a dictator using a simple set of rules does not continue in future episodes. Providing a formulaic biography of each dictator using a reductionist "playbook" with minimal attention paid to unique historical events is not worthy of the PBS brand.

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