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"[Death by Government] is a compelling study of what the author calls democide—the intentional killing by governments through genocide, politicide, massacre, and terror. . . . A product of eight years of research by a distinguished political scientist, this is an unrivaled magnum opus with dozens of tables, figures, copious notes, and a massive bibliography. Essential reading for historians, political scientists, and readers interested in genocide."
—R. H. Dekmejian, Choice
“Death by Government should be read in history classes not just across America, but around the world. The problem of power, as Rummel terms it, remains with us today. . . . Only if we learn from the past can we ever hope to end state-sanctioned murder. The case for human liberty and limited government has never been made more effectively than by this fearsome book.”
—Doug Bandow, Cato Institute
“Death by Government is a good introduction to the general phenomena of state-sponsored mass murder or democide (Rummel’s concept). The numerous case studies are a mizture of carefully wrought description of the horrendous suffering of peoples under maily authoritarian political systems, with just the right dose of personal horror stories to make the book a memorable study of human deprivation and misery. For this effort, Rummel ought to be applauded.”
—Barbara Harff, the Journal of Interdisciplinary History
“With this volume, Rummel has completed his magnum opus on genocide and government mass murder, in short what Rummel calls ‘democide’. . . . Rummel’s methodology is based on averaging figures from a large number of sources, rather than historical source criticism or demographic estimates. This is a controversial method, yet it is clearly documented and well argued. . . . This work if a major achievement and will provide a reference point which no future systematic work on democide can ignore.”
—Nils Petter Gleditsch, Journal of Peace Research
“Governments have murdered about 169 million people in the twentieth century, according to Rummel’s estimate. . . . Yet mass murder by governments has been largely ignored by political science. Rummel argues that, to rectify this omission, a reconceptualization of government and politics is required. To this end he proposes the concept of ‘democide’ , which he defines as the intentional killing by a government of unarmed people. . . . Rummerl draws our attention to facts that are often ignored and should not be.”
—Michael Freeman, the Slavonic and East European Review
R. J. Rummel was professor emeritus of political science at the University of Hawaii. He is the author of over one hundred scholarly articles and two dozen books, including Power Kills, China’s Bloody Century, and The Miracle That Is Freedom. In addition, he has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and been the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Conflict Processes Section of the American Political Science Association and the International Association of Genocide Scholars’ Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to the Field of Genocide and Democide Studies and Prevention.
Death by Government just did not touch on the points that I thought it would. It spoke of past atrocities, but nothing regarding present-day atrocities.Published 5 months ago by Marilyn Carr
I am not being fatuous or facile. It is an extremely thought-provoking, disturbing and absolutely necessary book.
It exposes the dark recesses of man's inhumanity to man. Read more
Nazi Germany didn't Genocide anybody. The facts are there for anyone willing to look at them. If the Western "democracies" hadn't declared war on Germany, WW2 would never... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Robin Phillips
Anyone who believes the government has a "right" to restrict our possession of firearms should read this book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sailor Tom
Most people know only about the Nazi German genocide of 5-6 million Jews, commonly called the Holocaust (or Shoah). Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jan Peczkis
Many of you might not know this book is considered a "textbook" by the major retailers and it seems Amazon as well. That's why even thought its in paperback its expensive. Read morePublished on March 3, 2010 by Diogenes
R.J. Rummel has spent his career assembling data on genocide, politicide and other government mass murder (studying more than 8,200 reports with estimates). Read morePublished on October 31, 2007 by Thomas Wikman
It is bewildering to reflect on how many people were murdered in the 20th century by the hand of brutish governments. Read morePublished on April 15, 2007 by Todd Adams