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

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

by Andy Andrews
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How Do You Kill 11 Million People?: Why the Truth Matters More Than You Think 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an expensive choice of reading material – but its content provides valuable insights – You have a mind – USE it! The real purpose of the book is to get readers to answer that question for ourselves. (Page 49) Instead of wringing our hands, venting, assuming the sky is falling and we can do nothing, Mr. Andrews urges us to think, research, compare and evaluate what we are hearing and reading. (p. 56) Paraphrasing President Garfield: Now more than ever people are responsible for the charter of their Congress. (p. 51) What we tolerate is what they will do. Great leadership is a product of great character. And that is why character matters. (p.51) Character is more than what we do when we think no one else is watching; it is also revealed and tested by what you and I do that everyone can see! The author warns: • Do not categorize peoples “good guys” or “bad guys.” He believes: • The past is what is real and true, history is merely what someone recorded. In the Middle Ages, history was simply recorded by the man with the sharpest ax . . . (pp. 13) • So, he challenges readers: • Beyond the elusive moral ideal by which most of us were raised – being honest and doing good – does the truth really, really matter? (p. 16) • To answer that question effectively I would ask another question: How do you kill eleven million people? (p.17) Mr. Andrews believes and wonders: • It isn’t the governmental method or the mindset – but how eleven million people allow themselves to be killed . . . How can a condemned group of people headed for a gas chamber be compelled to act in a docile manner? (pp. 22-23) The answer was and is: Lie to them. (pp. 24, 29) The Jews and others trusted the “officials” like Eichmann, when told what was going on – was for their protection and well-being. (pp. 26-27) At that moment they were lost.(p.27) The Germans trusted men who were not trustworthy! How fortunate for leaders, Hitler said to his inner circle, that men do not think. Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it. (pp. 31-33) And so, Nazis labeled their opposition – not just with yellow triangles, but also with brown, black, pink, red, green and purple. (pp.. 35-36) And Christians closed their eyes and refused to hear the screams as the trains carrying souls to their death sped past their church. (p. 38) The Germans were not uniquely evil – they acted and reacted in ways all people have and do. They assumed that their leaders in whom they placed their faith would put their best interests at the forefront. (p. 48) One thing they did, that we do, is they passed up the opportunity to vote when voting was the one tool they had to avert the onslaught of Nazism. In the past quarter century [in the USA] . . . at least one million people of voting age did not bother to vote. (p. 43) The Reader’s Guide at the conclusion of this book, which took no more than 20 minutes for me to survey, asks me to relate to lying – the first nine questions are a personal inventory that can help me evaluate politicians, leaders, or church leaders. George Orwell wrote: The aim of a joke is not to degrade the human being, but to remind him that he is already degraded. Listen to what politicians say, and remember what they have done – and VOTE! Can you hear the whistle and the wheels as the train comes down the track? (p. 45)
JeffK58 More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to read this early and it is excellent. Many of us have become too use to being spoon fed that we do not even know a persons real positions and allow others to tell us even if it is not true... I believe this comment says it all. 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.
PaperbackwriterMC More than 1 year ago
Andy's newest book is short and to the point, but it can and should have a lasting effect. At a time when people wonder if they can trust anyone in leadership, Andy has written what I believe to be a definitive work on why truth matters. This book should not be underrated because of it's length, every sentence is packed with truth that matters. Every word carries weight. The book is well researched, well written and 84 pages you can't afford to ignore. This is not a typical Andy Andrews book, but it may be his best. He shoots straight. He pulls no punches. He is not a troublemaker, but he is a troubleshooter. We have a problem in this country. With a postmodern mentality, and a decline in morals, we have lost the truth. Truth has become relative. But, at the end of the day, relative truth can result in a society embracing or ignoring the killing of 11 million people. We can't afford to have that happen. If you care about your future, and the future of your children and grandchildren, you will buy this book, read it and recommend it to everyone you know. I recently sent 300 copies out to people around the country. I was so convicted and convinced that this book matters, that I wanted to get it into the hands of every leader I knew as soon as possible. Michael Catt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is very short but very interesting. It makes you stop and think.
Clarkwith4 More than 1 year ago
As a 30-something year old I've learned about the holocaust. I've even visited the holocaust museum. It's gut wrenching. But I've never asked the question, "how?" How does one man and his cronies kill 11 million people? It's an important question even now, as our country continues to murder unborn children every day in addition to other changes that our happening to our culture. Our children deserve better and this book can steer us in the right direction!
1000_Character_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I find myself at a loss for words to describe "How Do You Kill 11 Million People?" I can start by providing the answer: Lie to them. The book is really closer to an essay (similar to Paine's Common Sense) that will take you little time to read. I finished this easily during my lunch. Andy Andrews is one of my favorite authors. This work is not as life-changing as his other books, but it is probably the most thought-provoking thing I've read in awhile. The title refers to how millions were killed under the Nazis without much resistance. There are some scary parallels (pay attention to the civilization life-cycle - we're definitely on our way from apathy to dependence) to things happening in our country today. Andrews doesn't say that an atrocity like the Holocaust WILL happen - only that it COULD happen. Definitely makes a compelling case that integrity matters - especially when selecting our politicians. Will definitely make you think regardless of your political beliefs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really makes you think about how you would react in this situations. You can see how the past applies to the present.
MTOTN More than 1 year ago
Andy is spot on in sounding this warning to all of us. We must open our eyes. We must seek out, and embrace the truth. Great book! Thank you Andy for stepping up and challenging all of us.
GLS47 More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Andy's books and have enjoyed them greatly. However, this one moves to the top of the list. It is timely and states the simple truth that if we do not demand integrity in the lives of those we choose to lead us, we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of other civilizations. Every person who wants the best for our country needs to read this book and put its principles into practice.
GulfCoastGary More than 1 year ago
This book is a very short read, but it is worth every penny. Andy Andrews, in a clear and concise fashion, reminds every American of the one thing we should all be focusing on, regardless of whether you're a Republican, Democrat, or anything else. Even the talking heads on TV who usually disagree with one another are rallying around this book. If you want to know what needs to be done to put our country on the right path, then read this book right away. I promise, once you read it, you will want to get copies in the hands of everyone you know.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is pretty short but is powerful and straight forward. A recommended read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book was very interesting showing some dark times in our history and why telling the truth should be of utmost importance to all Americans. Regardless if you are a Republican or Democrat, you will enjoy the author's candor and historical analogies. .
Walter Sprengeler More than 1 year ago
How do you kill 11 million people? That is the question that Andy Andrew poses to the readers of this short yet powerful book. Andrews looks to the systematic killing of 11 million Jews during World War II as an example for why people should not look away. In the end, through his quick analysis, he sums it very quickly; how do you kill 11 million people? You lie to them. Andrews uses this example because it is one of the most common historical facts that most people know about. He states up front that he could have easily chosen from a variety of similar incidents. But as one reads and looks deeper they will see that this is merely a backdrop for the bigger reason this book is written. The truth matters. Not only does the truth matter but so does the character of those that we chose to elect. During the Holocaust, Andrews points out that many Germans knew what was going on. He points to the 8.5 million Nazi members in Germany that only represented 10% of the population and asks the question “what were the other 90% doing?” They were looking away and turning a blind eye to what was going on. Now let’s relate to that the current political affairs in the United States. 40% of the of eligible voters didn’t cast their ballot in the 2012 presidential election. That is roughly 93 million Americans! That is a dip from 62.3% percent in 2008 to an estimated 57.5 in 2012. Of course there are a variety reasons that no one voted but to look at the big picture, these individuals are the ones that see issues getting bigger in this country and rather than vote for change or recommend that the issue be fixed, they simply turn away and begin to sing. Andrews states in the Authors Note that he is not a Democrat or Republican, or an “us or them” and that he is simply a “we” guy. Overall his message to the reader is, get out there and make a difference. Don’t turn a blind eye to the corruption and recklessness of congress or any other branch of government. He quotes President Garfield in regards to the character of government. Simply put, if the Congress is reckless and corrupt then that is because the people chose it be. If we demand change we have to be involved. We cannot just accept that this is the status quo and nothing is going change. Don’t we demand the best from elected officials? Don’t we want them to represent all 324 million Americans with the best intentions? Andrews states that there are only 545 people in the government. 545 leading 324 million. People have the power. We must remember that. Diving deeper into that thought we must also be willing to have an open dialogue on the issues. We analyze all viewpoints, we do our research, we listen to others. That is how we bring about change. One would argue that in our country’s current state there is little to no discussion going on, you are either us or them. This was a great quick read. Especially before an election. Highly recommend that all young voters read this book and get out and vote this year. “The most dangerous thing any nation faces is a citizenry capable of trusting a lair to lead them.” Andy Andrews.
FluffyOH More than 1 year ago
I'm praying this book will have the impact I believe it should when it is read and digested. America should wake up or this will be a history of the USA.
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This book's purpose and the author' s neutrality are very clearly stated from the beginning. It is meant to provoke thought and encourage discussion not only among friends but among folks who normally might not sit down and have a peaceful chat with no promotion of personal social or political agendas. Although sometimes hard to do, just take what you read at face value and let the book open your mind instead of trying to steer down your own path. A very important book and well worth buying.
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Noles_Fan More than 1 year ago
This book is short but sweet. It really makes you think and is not written to be pro liberal or pro conservative, it's written to be pro American. It comes at a time where this country is in serious trouble and folks better wake up to the reality its being hijacked by those in power. Do you hear the train coming?