How Do You Kill 11 Million People: Why The Truth Matters More Than You Think

The Truth Matters
How do you kill 11 million people?
It’s a strange question.

It’s also the title of this week’s book review: How Do You Kill 11 Million People?  by Andy Andrews.

This is not a typical Andy Andrews book. Andy usually writes about inspiration and leading a better life with common sense principles. He usually delivers his message in the form of a story. But this book is different. This is a book about politics and about the truth.

Even though this is a political book, it’s not written from a Republican or Democrat point of view. Andy doesn’t like to think in terms of us versus them but instead thinking of we.

Politics shouldn’t be about Us vs Them. It should be about We.

Andy asks these questions in the introduction of the book:

1. Where do we begin to find common ground in regard to what we want (or don’t want) for the future?
2 Is it possible to write something that doesn’t use the words Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, yet conveys a message with which everyone could agree?
3 Can it be written in a concise fashion allowing anyone to read it, clearly understand the message , and be empowered in less fifteen minutes?

This book is his response to those questions.

The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men. ~Plato

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How Do You Kill 11 Million People?

Or, to be precise, 11,283,000 people.

Andy Andrews believes that good answers come only from asking the right questions. Through the powerful, provocative question, How do you kill eleven million people?-the number of people killed by the Nazi German regime between 1933 and 1945-he explores a number of other questions relevant to our lives today:

•Does it matter that millions of ordinary citizens have checked out of participating in the decisions that shape the future of our country?
•Which is more dangerous: politicians with ill intent, or the too-trusting population that allows such people to lead them?
•How are we supposed to tell the difference between the good guys and the bad guys?
•How does the answer to this question affect not only our country but our families, our faith, and our values?
•What happens to a society in which truth is absent?

Andrews issues a wake-up call: become informed, passionate citizens who demand honesty and integrity from our leaders, or suffer the consequences of our own ignorance and apathy. Furthermore, we can no longer measure a leaders worth by the yardsticks provided by the left or the right. Instead,we must use an unchanging standard: the pure, unvarnished truth.


From Good Reads
It all comes down to the truth.

Much like the character in one of his best-selling books, Andy Andrews is first and foremost a Noticer. Sometimes, all one needs is a little perspective and Andy has been providing that perspective to some of the world’s most influential companies and organizations for the last 20 years. His ability to transform an individual by their own understanding and desire has made him loved by millions.

Now, Andy Andrews brings his lessons and perspective into the important arena of government, citizenship, and what it means to completely uphold the truth.

If the truth is what sets us free, what does it mean to live in a society where truth is absent? How do truth and lies in the past shape our destiny today? Through the lens of the Holocaust, best-selling author Andy Andrews examines the critical need for truth in our relationships, our communities, and our government.

In this compact, nonpartisan book, Andrews urges readers to be “careful students” of the past, seeking accurate, factual accounts of events and decisions that illuminate choices we face now. By considering how the Nazi German regime was able to carry out over eleven million institutional killings between 1933 and 1945, Andrews advocates for an informed population that demands honesty and integrity from its leaders and from each other.

The future of our country rests on the ability to separate the truth from lies, and Andrews compels each of us to examine our leaders’ claims with a critical eye. His question- how do you kill eleven million people?-is provocative, but his warning is clear: “Only a clear understanding of the answer to this question and the awareness of an involved populace can prevent history from continuing to repeat itself as it already has, time and again.”

A 21st-century must-read
A chilling look at the method(s) used to deceive an entire country into indifference, powerlessness, and most notably–inaction. Although the setting for this particular book is early 20th century Germany, the principles are unfortunately timeless. My only complaint is that the book is much too short.
Although the brevity may increase the likelihood that more people will read it and be alarmed to watch for similar happenings today, I would like to have seen Andy go in-depth. It wouldn’t necessarily strengthen the message, but it would perhaps give more examples of the brief amount of time required for the Nazis to develop their deception and, once developed, just how repetitious those tactics were
that were employed during that time. A must-read, even for citizens of a 21st century “free” country.

I am going to start giving copies of this book away.
It is impossible for anyone intelligent enough to read this, and actually give it some real consideration,
and not find themselves conning to some serious regulations. Wonderful job, short, clear, concise, easy read.
Thank you for your insight!

Sobering, Even Frightening
We have come to accept a lack of truthfulness from our elected leaders. This book is a short read, as others have noted. Lest that deter you, think back to the Declaration of Independence or Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, not to mention countless examples from the Bible (Ten Commandments, Sermon on the Mount, etc.).
For the most part exhaustive accounts are a relatively recent phenomenon. While I enjoy reading the details of,say, The Battle of Midway, the point there is not to convince the reader of some fundamental truth so much as it is to take the reader back to the time and place and generate a sense of understanding ow what it was like to have been there.

About the Author

Hailed by a New York Times reporter as “someone who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America,” Andy Andrews is a bestselling novelist, speaker, and consultant for the world’s largest corporations and organizations. He has spoken at the request of four different U.S. presidents.

Andy is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Traveler’s Gift, The Noticer, and How Do You Kill 11 Million People?

He lives in Orange Beach, Alabama, with his wife, Polly, and their two sons.

This is one of those books that will make you think. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, you’ll find the book intriguing. If you are like me, you’ll recommend it to others.

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