Last updated: 22 march, 2011 - 14:51 GMT

'Mad dictators': Are autocratic leaders really insane?

(L-R) Muammar Gaddafi, Adolf Hitler, Idi Amin

(L-R) Muammar Gaddafi, Adolf Hitler, Idi Amin

Dictators are often described as "mad", but is this a fair description?

Is it really just that they have the personality traits needed to maintain control over their people?

Giles Foden has written a book about the former dictator of Uganda, Idi Amin.

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First broadcast 22 March 2011

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