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Top 10 TORRID LOVE LIVES of Hated DICTATORS

February 23, 2017

It’s easy, even comforting, to think of history’s tyrants as one-dimensional bad guys. That they may have had emotions and frailties as complex as our own threatens to muddy the narrative. But humanizing the inhuman can really drive home the terrifying reality of their despotic regimes, not to mention their sociopathic capacity for compartmentalization.

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9. Mao Zedong
8. Saddam Hussein
7. Benito Mussolini
6. Francisco Franco
5. Nicolae Ceausescu
4. Joseph Stalin
3. Kim Jong-il
2. Idi Amin
1. Adolf Hitler

Source/Further reading:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/dec/10/robert-mugabe-wife-grace-zimbabwe
https://www.thestandard.co.zw/2016/03/06/grace-mugabe-haunted-by-sally/
http://nehandaradio.com/2015/01/29/grace-furious-mugabe-alleged-lover-muchinguri/
http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,975036-1,00.html
http://www.spectator.co.uk/2011/10/me-and-maos-girl/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/inatl/longterm/iraq/stories/bride012591.htm
http://www.spectator.co.uk/2011/11/a-cult-of-virility-and-violence/
http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/in-bed-with-benito-sex-diaries-reveal-mussolini-s-soft-side-a-663384.html
http://www.thelocal.es/20131112/franco-replaced-sex-with-power-new-book
http://www.parliamentpalace.ro/article/28391/Elena-Ceausescu
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=WlYEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA111&lpg=PA111&dq=how+stalin+met+nadya&source=bl&ots=F3Zld5RjK5&sig=W0bbgtLWBK5Jgmhj9GkoET-EZl4&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwipoMaV2rXKAhWBUhQKHUHyCE0Q6AEIQzAI#v=onepage&q&f=false
http://www.gq.com/story/kim-jong-il-sushi-chef-kenji-fujimoto-adam-johnson
http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1302550/idi-amin-ladies
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/11165627/Adolf-Hitler-sex-life-Eva-Braun.html

 

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