It is not that I had any notions that he was as champion of the people or that I was expecting to hear that he was misunderstood. I was however amazed by the psychopathic way in which he lived his entire adult life dominating and persecuting those around him to achieve and then maintain a position of power. He and most of his close associates relied on sleeping pills to get any rest and an unusually high proportion of those people and his family lost their minds presumably as a result of the environment in which they lived.
I have also read a little about Hitler and Stalin and I honestly cannot understand what drove these people to do what they did. I simply don't get the motivation. Perhaps that's why I'll (probably) never be a dictator.
It also strikes me as odd that the only country that appears to have been able to come to terms with it's past and admit that mistakes were made under dictatorship is Germany, the Communists (although I don't believe there was a socialist agenda in China) seem to have clung to enough power to stop the countries moving on and freely reforming themselves.