How To Become A Tyrant is a six-part docuseries that takes a wiseass approach to the history of tyrants in the 20th and 21st centuries. The episodes basically break down how to gain power and — even more important — keep it, by giving the examples of the six most famous dictators of the past hundred or so years.Each episode concentrates on a different dictator, through archival footage, expert interviews and animated recreations, but within each episode, Dinklage gives examples of how other dictators managed to do what each “chapter” focuses on.How to Become a Tyrant Seasons 1 Download.
The show starts with the dictator to end all dictators: Adolf Hitler. The chapter is called “Seize Power,” and it documents how Hitler went from a World War I soldier with a sweaty handshake to supreme leader of Germany by 1934. Much of it had to do with concepts that might be scarily familiar to people in 2021: Identify a group who is highly dissatisfied; foment anger at an enemy, whether it’s real or not; be a man of the people; brand your movement with symbols and a “uniform” to make people feel like part of a team; wait out your opportunity to strike.
In the second episode, Dinklage talks about how to keep power once you seize it. Through the story of Saddam Hussein, the chapter is entitled “Crush Your Rivals.” After he took ultimate power of Iraq in 1979 — after ten years as vice president, building coalitions of powerful friends — he set about killing, torturing and threatening anyone who he thought could topple him. This included close advisors and even family members. And his methods were ruthless, like the extended example of how he tortured a rival into calling out members of his party when he first rose tow power, and how Saddam made the ones that he didn’t give a death sentence to execute the ones he did.