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This is R. J. Rummel's fourth book in a series devoted to genocide and government mass murder, or what he calls democide. He presents the primary results, in tables and figures, as well as a historical sketch of the major cases of democide, those in which one million or more people were killed by a regime. In Death by Government, Rummel does not aim to describe democide it ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Transaction Publishers (first published 1994)
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Kym Andrew Robinson
R.J Rummel has gone to great lengths in order to provide case studies of some of histories most recent genocidal events. Events that are both well known and in other cases intentionally marginalised by contemporary politics.

Democide, a term coined by Rummel, has been the biggest killer of human beings in the past century. No doubt this will go on to being the biggest mass killer of human life in future decades.

Rummel has been accused by some of his critics for adding a few thousand here or the
Sep 28, 2013 Jon added it
This book--about just what the title says--is possibly the most depressing I've ever read. An opening section deals with early megamurderers (Rummel's term) such as Genghis Khan. This section was unsatisfying to me since this historical material could make a book in itself, so I ended up thinking maybe Rummel should have stuck to the modern era. And God knows there's plenty of 20th-century horror for him to work with: I enjoyed, if that's the word, the chapters about Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, Ho, ...more
Cooper Cooper
Jul 30, 2009 Cooper Cooper rated it it was amazing
Every American should read this book.
It is a catalog of horrors. There’s no other way to say it. From macro to micro, horror horror horror. Political scientist Rummel is the world’s leading authority on the murder of unarmed people by governments—what most of us loosely refer to as genocide, but what he calls democide. (The difference: democide includes such murder for any reason—political, for example, or simply expediency—not merely for “ethnic cleansing.”) Here is Rummel’s nastylist (regime
Nov 29, 2007 Mark rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who are suspicious of big or totalitarian governments
This book was an eye-opening read. It is frightening to consider the sheer amount of innocent civilians killed by governments in the past hundred years. There are valuable lessons about the nature of the practice of communism and related totalitarian ideologies.
May 15, 2009 Nicole rated it really liked it
A tough book to read--one you have to walk away from and take a deep breath from time to time...
Jul 09, 2016 Patrick rated it liked it
Democide is the murder of any person or people by a government, including genocide, politicide, and mass murder. Although many of the incidents included in this book are familiar, to read them as a whole, with statistics showing the staggering number being killed by governments, is truly frightening.
Jan 11, 2008 Jack rated it really liked it
Mostly a gruesome cataloguing of mass atrocities committed by governments (who have the most capability for such things) in the 20th century. Morbidly entertaining. There is also some stuff about democracy being the key to world peace, which is undoubtedly inspiring to those who have confidence in democracy.
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