right after wwii for causing the most number of deaths. ever. that’s according to “The Great Big Book of Horrible Things” anyway.
doesn’t really seem fair to compare individuals — genghis (40M) and mao (40M) — with events like wwii (66M) (all figures are estimates, obviously). really, genghis and mao should be tied for first place in the solo finals.
here, from the nyt, a part of their infographic “Population Control, Marauder Style.” click on the link or the images to see the whole thing @the nyt:
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