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Real Dictators is the award-winning podcast hosted by Paul McGann that explores the hidden lives of history's tyrants. New episodes Wednesdays.

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    Vladimir Lenin: Coming Soon on Real Dictators…

    The story of Lenin - leader of the Russian Revolution, founder of the Soviet Union - begins Wednesday September 28th.
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    Napoleon Part 6: Showdown at Waterloo

    Napoleon Part 6: Showdown at Waterloo

    With Napoleon deposed and in exile, it appears to be game over. But even now he is planning a comeback. After the mother of all prison breaks, Napoleon marches back up through France. Reinstating himself as emperor, he will rally his troops for one last battle...
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    Napoleon Part 5: Downfall in Russia

    Napoleon Part 5: Downfall in Russia

    Napoleon’s blockade of Britain begins. Amidst the fall-out, France launches an invasion of Spain. The Duke of Wellington arrives on the scene. After another dispute with Russia, Bonaparte assembles his biggest ever army. It will do the unthinkable and march on Moscow...
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    Napoleon Part 4: The Emperor Strikes Back

    Napoleon Part 4: The Emperor Strikes Back

    Bonaparte storms back into Italy, reconquering all that had been lost. Back home, in Notre-Dame Cathedral, thousands of dignitaries watch on as the untouchable general crowns himself emperor. Intent on destroying Britain, he plans a seaborne invasion. But Lord Nelson has other ideas…
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    Napoleon Part 3: The Egyptian Adventure

    Napoleon Part 3: The Egyptian Adventure

    Napoleon sails for the Middle East. After the Battle of the Pyramids, a scientific mission makes remarkable findings, introducing the Western world to the mysteries of Ancient Egypt. But after a drubbing from Britain’s naval supremo, Horatio Nelson, Napoleon does a runner. His return to Paris is timed to perfection. Almost by accident, Bonaparte will seize power...
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    Napoleon Part 2: The Italian Job

    Napoleon Part 2: The Italian Job

    After a quickie wedding, Napoleon Bonaparte dashes south to take command of the French Army in Italy. Here he announces himself with a devastating display of battlefield brilliance. In Milan, he gets a taste for political rule and good living. Napoleon will return to Paris both as a military hero and a budding statesman...
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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
268 Ratings

268 Ratings

naejmck ,

Great podcast

I love the way they go straight into the podcast instead of just asking for you to subscribe

RobotHunter77 ,

Amazing

I love real dictators

Annoyed regular user ,

Fantastic engaging informative

I started listening to this about two months ago. I’ve just caught up on all episodes. Paul McGann is a brilliant narrator. Keeps you hooked. I love the way they bring in little sound effects to audibly recreate key moments.
It’s a podcast everybody should listen to, if only to realise how easy it is for the masses to be manipulated and misinformed by those who have a sinister agenda. Happened a century ago, still happening today.
One thing I have concluded is no matter what the political philosophy; these dictators are all little men who were doted on by their mothers (maybe even indulged) and treated badly by their fathers (or didn’t know their fathers). They masked their inferiority complexes with bullying, bluster and bravado and once they gained power they resorted to anything to keep it because they were probably so terrified of losing it.
Keep up the fabulous work Noiser, I can’t wait for the next series on Hitler.

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