They are a rogues gallery of the most notorious despots in recent history. They are the psychopaths, the heartless ideologues, the corrupt, the greedy, the cruel and sometimes the just plain mad individuals who have seized control of their country and inflicted appalling suffering on their people.
It reveals how the young Stalin was deeply affected by a friend exposed as an enemy agent. He would never trust anyone again. How Adolph Hitler may have been transformed into an insane “man of destiny” by a psychiatrist trying to cure him of hysteria. How a diabetic coma turned Papa Doc Duvalier from an autocratic president into a voodoo-crazed lunatic. How Osama Bin Laden was once a cute mop-haired kid and heir to one of the biggest fortunes in the Arab world. How Saddam eliminated all his rivals at one meeting and then released the video. How the Kim Jong-il of North Korea thought James Bond movies were documentaries. And why Chairman Mao remains the biggest mass murderer of all time.