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Liberty Dies With Thunderous Applause is a history podcast obsessed with history's greatest dictators. The hosts have created a knockout competition to determine the single greatest dictator of all time. Each episode features a match-up of two dictators where the hosts discuss the life and times of each leader. The loser of each match-up is immediately eliminated from the tournament and each winner remains in the contest to be named history's greatest dictator.

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Liberty Dies With Thunderous Applause is a history podcast obsessed with history's greatest dictators. The hosts have created a knockout competition to determine the single greatest dictator of all time. Each episode features a match-up of two dictators where the hosts discuss the life and times of each leader. The loser of each match-up is immediately eliminated from the tournament and each winner remains in the contest to be named history's greatest dictator.

    Ferdinand Marcos vs. Suharto

    Ferdinand Marcos vs. Suharto

    The hosts unravel the lives and legacies of Ferdinand Marcos of The Philippines and Suharto of Indonesia.

    The hosts discuss Marcos’ election, his declaration of martial law, embezzlement of billions of dollars, and of course, the extravagance of his wife Imelda Marcos.

    They also discuss Suharto’s military seizure of power, the widespread massacres of Indonesian communists, his invasion of East Timor and eventual downfall.

    These two dictators battle it out in Round 14 of the knock-out tournament to determine the single greatest dictator of all time. One of these two dictators will be eliminated from the tournament and the other will remain in contention to be crowned history's biggest dictator.

    • 48 min
    Joseph Stalin vs. Vladimir Putin

    Joseph Stalin vs. Vladimir Putin

    The hosts unravel the lives and legacies of two rulers of Russia, Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Putin.

    The hosts discuss Stalin's bizarre childhood, his outmaneuvering of Trotsky, his superb use of propaganda, the great purge of suspected dissidents, how agricultural collectivization lead to famine, his leadership during World War 2 and his eventual death. 

    They also discuss Putin's early life as a KGB agent, his rise to power within the Russian Federation, his capitalization on the Chechen war, control of the media, murder of dissenters, meddling in US elections, the Syrian civil war and invasion of Ukraine.

    These two dictators battle it out in Round 13 of the knock-out tournament to determine the single greatest dictator of all time. One of these two dictators will be eliminated from the tournament and the other will remain in contention to be crowned history's biggest dictator.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Pope Alexander VI vs. Ayatollah Khomeini

    Pope Alexander VI vs. Ayatollah Khomeini

    In this episode the hosts unravel the lives and legacies of two religious rulers, Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia) and Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran.

    The hosts discuss Pope Alexander's corrupt election to the papacy, his nepotism, profiteering, expansion of the papal states and wild sex life.

    They also discuss Ayatollah's Khomeini's Iranian Islamic revolution, his toppling of the Shah, his war with Saddam Hussein, Fatwa against Salman Rushdie as well as the oppressive treatment of women and homosexuals in Iran.

    These two dictators battle it out in Round 12 of the knock-out tournament to determine the single greatest dictator of all time. One of these two dictators will be eliminated from the tournament and the other will remain in contention to be crowned history's biggest dictator.

    • 43 min
    Charlemagne vs. Napoleon Bonaparte

    Charlemagne vs. Napoleon Bonaparte

    In this episode the hosts unravel the lives and legacies of French rulers Charlemagne and Napoleon Bonaparte

    The hosts discuss Charlemagne's family's rise to power, his conquests throughout western Europe, the forced Christian conversion of subjects and the massacre of Verden. 

     They also discuss Napoleon's rise to Emperor from humble beginnings, his genuine military genius, his clever use of propaganda, rigged elections and his eventual downfall at Waterloo.

    These two dictators battle it out in Round 11 of the knock-out tournament to determine the single greatest dictator of all time. One of these two dictators will be eliminated from the tournament and the other will remain in contention to be crowned history's biggest dictator.

    • 44 min
    A Retrospective of the First 20 Dictators (BONUS)

    A Retrospective of the First 20 Dictators (BONUS)

    In this bonus episode of Liberty Dies With Thunderous Applause, the hosts look back at the 20 dictators covered thus far in the tournament. Which dictator would Uncle Ian most like to have dinner with? Which dictator would Scott travel back in time to kill? What warning signs are there of an emerging dictatorship? These questions and many others get answered in this special episode.

    Julius Caesar, Benito Mussolini, Vladimir Lenin, Ivan The Terrible, Ghengis Khan, Deng Xiaoping, Xerxes, Saddam Hussein, Fidel Castro, Francois Duvalier, Henry VIII, Oliver Cromwell, Ho Chi Minh, Pol Pot, Enver Pasha, Recep Erdogan, Idi Amin, Robert Mugabe, Augusto Pinochet & Jorge Videla all get a mention.

    • 43 min
    Augusto Pinochet vs. Jorge Videla

    Augusto Pinochet vs. Jorge Videla

    The hosts discuss the lives and legacies of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and Argentinian dictator Jorge Videla.

    The hosts explore Pinochet's rise within the military, the coup overthrowing his Marxist President, his tactic of  'disappearing' his opponents and Chile's 'miraculous' economy. They also discuss Videla's military junta, his contribution to Operation Condor, the involvement of the CIA & Pope Francis, the Falklands War and Videla's eventual downfall. 

    These two dictators battle it out in Round 10  of the knock-out tournament to determine the single greatest dictator of all time. One of these two dictators will be eliminated from the tournament and the other will remain in contention to be crowned history's biggest dictator.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

masher1983 ,

This is so needed!

I love this podcast. It’s hands down my favorite so please keep the episodes coming! I love that you quote Orwell. I have def noticed a bias but I think that would be hard for anyone to keep out of a topic like this.

Sad estate ,

Keep up the good work!

I love this podcast. Very good info!

MTM-SD ,

Objective, factual, and informative

I have extensively studied dictators in the history of authoritarian governments around the world about dictators around the world, I find this podcast to be very well done and accurate. I hesitate to use the word “entertaining” because the subject matter is rightfully disturbing in most cases, but it doesn’t bore me like many history Podcasts do. I think they have taken a unique and memorable approach to dissecting the lives of some of the most deplorable people in the history of the world - without sensationalizing or justifying their actions. I have learned a few new things as well!

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