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

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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 u

Hardcover, 83 pages
Published 2011 by Thomas Nelson
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Leeleebc Truth has become a sticky word in recent years because the word's definition has been questioned. The webster dictionary definition of "truth" is…moreTruth has become a sticky word in recent years because the word's definition has been questioned. The webster dictionary definition of "truth" is this: the truth : the real facts about something : the things that are true
: the quality or state of being true
: a statement or idea that is true or accepted as true
What is true for someone could be a lie for someone else, as you said. If I said "I own a yellow shirt" that would be a lie, but as we all know there are many people who own yellow shirts (this is an extremely dumbed-down example to show my basic point). But these are not the truths to which he is referring. When we get into the tiny details of people's lives it becomes more complicated, but there are general truths that cannot be denied. For example "water will wet us". "Fire will burn us." and so on. But "truth" extends beyond this outside world and it goes deeper. It is to THESE truths Andrews is referring. It has to do with basic good and evil. Is it moral and just to create a scapegoat to slaughter innocents so as to rise to power while treating an entire country like dogs? No. It is evil and that is true.

I'm not trying to come off as a know it all and I don't even know if I have come off that way. I just have a lot of thoughts on this subject haha :) if you're interested at all, there is a great poem called The Gods of the Copybook Headings by Rudyard Kipling. If you haven't read it you may find it interesting. :)

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"How do you kill eleven million people?
Lie to them."

Eh... 2.5 ish. I'm a fan of a lot of Andy Andrews' popular fiction, my personal favorite being The Traveler's gift, so when I stumbled upon this short book, I picked it up without hesitation. Now I don't regret reading this, or even feel like it was a waste of time, but the question I feel I must answer is this: Do I think this book is worth buying? Personally, no.

I wouldn't classify this novel as a bad one, but I do think it's entirely too br
Carol Smith
May 27, 2012 Carol Smith rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-again
Preachy claptrap. With all the reviews, I was expecting a Thomas Paine missive for modern times. This is a third-grade reading level cow patty.

Save yourself 30 minutes of the trite and obvious, and just read this:
Truth matters. Those who believe lies are sheep to the slaughter. Politicians lie. Rise up.
Actually, kudos to A.A. for a clever in-joke. The book itself is a lie and people are sopping it up. Just because it's packaged as a transformational book, they believe it to be so. Just because
Mar 16, 2015 Shannon rated it liked it
Shelves: motivational
This is my second book by Andrews. Like the last book, this is a very quick read; however, the message stays with the reader. I actually wasn't sure about this book. I stood in the bookstore, hesitating. Did I really want to go on whatever mental and emotional journey Andrews was going to suggest? I mean, what a topic. Then, when I started to read it, I bristled. There was a line about how so few Nazi's controled so many Jews. Whoa.... Was he going to blame the Jewish victims of Hitler's holocau ...more
Apr 01, 2012 Christie rated it it was amazing
Everyone should read this book! The book is apolitical in terms of political parties but Uber-political in terms of involvement in policy and elections. Andrews pushes us to, if not get involved, at least get educated, as to the political agendas of those running the country. He warns:
“Why did he ages of our worlds civilization average around 200 years?"

Scary? And....

"Why did these civilizations all seem to follow the same identifiable sequence–from bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual fa
Ella Burakowski
Feb 20, 2012 Ella Burakowski rated it really liked it
Short and sweet. Okay, maybe not so sweet. How can killing 11 million people be sweet? Andy Andrews doesn't sugarcoat this 112 page novella. Actually the meat of the book is all done in the first half. At the end of this short read you will come to realize that complacency is akin to murder. During the Holocaust it was the murder of 11 million people, 6 million were Jews. Today complacency is the murder of lifestyles, freedom and security and choices. Democracy is only as good as the voters and ...more
Shaun Kenney
Feb 27, 2012 Shaun Kenney rated it did not like it
Save your money and an hour of your life. This book is little short of a marketing scam, designed to be bought and loop you into a "personal brand" (formerly known as a cult of personality).

The point of this book? Distrust your leaders. Gee... how novel. Who should you trust? The author -- a fellow skeptic just like you -- who has the insight and life experience to guide other skeptics through the pitfalls of American life.

If I could get my money back, I would. But I can never get my time back.
Bob Sorrell
Feb 17, 2012 Bob Sorrell rated it really liked it
Where lack of skepticism in our sources of information and trusted authority figures has led in the past. Throughout history, victims of lies want to believe that THIS can't happen here or now because their neighbors and their leaders are civilized. Study the writings of the past and take a hard look at the world now and you will find that the human capacity for good and evil hasn't changed in written history. Reasons for seeking power rarely excludes personal benefit, but narcissists convincing ...more
Derrick Jeter
Sep 12, 2012 Derrick Jeter rated it it was ok
As rivers go the Jordan River has the best PR of them all. It sounds impressive when you read about in Scripture but it's anything but when you see it in person. So it is with Andy Andrews book "How Do You Kill 11 Million People." Andrews has a compelling personal story and is a New York Times bestseller, but this book disappoints. It tackles a big question -- state-sponsered lies and how destructive they can be to a nation -- but fails to offer answers beyond the trivial. He succeeds in accompl ...more
Apr 11, 2013 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended to me by my sister as a suggestion to pick for my turn to pick a book for my book club. I would classify this book more as an essay than a novel. Since I bought if for my kindle I didn't realize it was such a tiny book. Although tiny and can be read in about an hour, it would make a huge book club discussion. The underlying theme of this book is how we are lied to by our politicians especially while campaigning for election. The example the author uses is the tactics th ...more
Jun 25, 2012 Veljko rated it did not like it
This book seems like a collection of statements, ranging from the common-sensical to the naive oversimplification, roughly organized around the idea that politicians lie - and that electors are too passive to held them accountable.

Yet, some oversimplifications border on the absurd. Stating that all problems (ALL problems) are due to the actions of US congressman is plainly absurd. Claiming that Hitler managed to implement the holocaust simply by misleading his own people is historically inaccur
Kevin Hanks
May 31, 2012 Kevin Hanks rated it really liked it
This book was more a published short-essay than a book. I was slightly annoyed when I got it that it was so small and it still cost me $10 on amazon. After I got over that knee-jerk reaction though, it was a good essay and posed some thought-provoking questions. It was a quick read (20 minutes) that convinced me to be a more informed voter.
Mar 05, 2014 Sharon rated it did not like it
[I also reviewed this title on my blog: Ishari's Bookshelf]

This book is a waste of money.

It's a glorified pamphlet in hardcover form with large type, double spaced paragraphs, and huge margins. Easy enough to breeze through it before your coffee gets cold in your mug. Oh, and every other page is either dominated by an illustration or a quote blown up to take the whole page. And to add insult to injury, almost half of the book is an interview where the author basically interviewed himself...oh,
Chris Gallagher
Jan 18, 2012 Chris Gallagher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I told me wife what I was reading, her slowly turned around with her eyebrow raised and she said, “What?” The sound of the title is sure to true some heard, but the message of the book is direct as the title.

Usually, Andy Andrews is the motivational speaker and writer of such works as “The Noticer,” “The Island of Saints” and several others. Mr. Andrews new book, “How to Kill 11 Million People” might seem like a break from his normal writings, but not so. While the book may not be as motiva
Mar 03, 2015 Asho rated it it was ok
This isn't so much a book as a tract (although it's not particularly religious in nature). I think Andrews makes a good point about lying leaders and foolish followers, but I don't think he said anything that isn't common sense. Of course you should not believe everything you are told by those in leadership positions. Of course you should do your own research. (I wouldn't necessarily rely as heavily on un-vetted internet websites for that research as Andrews seems to want us to, but I agree with ...more
Feb 11, 2012 Sher rated it it was amazing
Who has not pondered this very question? Andy Andrews does a great job of explaining just how Hitler accomplished this depraved and damnable deed, and why that many people, who could have easily overpower the few people who ruled them, allowed it to happen.

I have often thought that if everyone in the whole world kept any one of the 10 commandments, this world would be a very happy place to live. If that one commandment happened to be "Thou Shalt Not Lie", this earth would be a paradise. Maybe i
Feb 21, 2013 Michelle rated it did not like it
Holy crap. Well, let me start off by saying that I am so grateful to Goodreads reviewers. I nearly bought this book, but after reading reviewers opinions, I instead opted to check it out through interlibrary loan. Thank goodness.

I think after taking into account the size, illustrations, typeface, and one sentence pages, there amounted to Maybe a 25 page book. Retailing for $14.99?!?! Really?!

If the book had a revolutionary concept or original thought that contributed to the world, I might be mor
Jun 07, 2016 Ruby rated it it was ok
Shelves: politics
all this book taught me was that participation in government is important and that lying is bad
Apr 16, 2014 Jonahlyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book to read around tax day.
Mar 04, 2014 Eddie rated it it was amazing
Very thought-provoking in our present day and age. This is something all should consider, while being honest with one's self, of course. I'll be the first to admit it's not always easy to do. It takes courage to stand up for the truth when to do so will cost you socially, vocationally, financially, etc... But the costs of not standing up are always much greater.

"How fortunate for leaders that men do not think... Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe i
David James
Jan 12, 2013 David James rated it did not like it
About what you would expect when a motivational speaker writes about the Holocaust and then abruptly jumps to the current US tax code in an essay that can be read in the amount of time it takes to change your underwear.

The Q&A session with the author - which is nearly as long as the essay - reveals some ego issues.

There's a good basic idea there, you kill 11 million people by lying to them and everyone else. Also, he notes that politicians all lie (hardly news to anyone). There, I just rev
Dec 24, 2012 Kathy rated it it was amazing
This book took me 52 minutes to read, yet it was so powerful I plan to add it to my "hard copy" collection to be read and shared repeatedly.

Ask yourself, and really try to answer the question of "How do you kill 11 MILLION people" (# of people recorded who were killed by HitIer between 1933-1945)?

SP0ILER ALERT: "The answer is breathtakingly simple. And it is a method still being used by some elected leaders to achieve various goals today. HOW DO YOU KILL 11 MILLION PEOPLE? Lie to them."
Jan 25, 2016 Monica rated it it was amazing
A must read! Favorite quotes "Simply stated, the past is what is real and true, while history is merely what someone recorded." - pg 7 "The answer is breathtakingly simple. And it is a method still being used by some elected leaders today. How do you kill eleven million people? Lie to them." - pg 21 "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.' In Mein Kampf, Hitler's a ...more
Jun 12, 2016 Brittany rated it it was amazing
How do you kill 11 million people? Lie to them. "Our nation is at a tipping point. Regardless of political views, people everywhere can sense it... If we don't demand honesty and integrity from America's leadership now - and reward that integrity with our votes - our leaders will lack the fortitude to make the hard decisions that must change course. If indeed our nation is in a state of crisis, then we need to change before it is too late to choose the direction of that change. We need the corre ...more
Bart Hill
Jul 25, 2015 Bart Hill rated it did not like it
Very short treatise on why it is important NOT to lie, and also why it's is important to know whether or not a politico is lying. This book was perhaps first created as a short speech to be presented in front of a corporate presentation. Full of fluff, but not any in-depth analysis of why people lie or how a lie affects an individual. The examples given are in the most general and broadest of terms.
I read it in just over an hour, and fortunately, only paid $3.00 at Books-a-Million from their cle
Niki Turner
Nov 18, 2015 Niki Turner rated it it was amazing
Simple and super quick read but a very good point.
Wes Bishop
Nov 24, 2012 Wes Bishop rated it did not like it
To call this a book is giving it too much credit. Instead, it is a fatally flawed essay that passes off old platitudes as wise and ground breaking insight. The author's attempt to tie the Holocaust in WWII to America's "crisis" in leadership and civic involvement today, leaves the reader scratching their head as to why someone would attempt such a bizarre thesis, with over used narratives, in such a short piece of work.
Jason Cox
Jan 25, 2014 Jason Cox rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
First off, this is absolutely a fantastic book and should be required reading for everyone in any country which holds elections.

Second, it's all of about 65 pages, so you can probably finish it in an hour or two.

If you are among the vast majority of Americans who are disenfranchised by our government (at pretty much every level), no matter which side of the political debate you stand upon, this book is a must-read.

And it's a call to action.
To sum it up in a sentence, How Do You Kill 11 Million
Aug 02, 2014 Louis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to imagine that someone can learn so much from a book that takes less than 45-minutes to read, but that is how I felt after reading this book. In that short span, the author analyzes America's political climate today, how polarized it has become, and asks not only how we got here, but what will be the consequences?

"The past is what is real and true, while history is merely what someone recorded." So much of what we believe today, and believe in many cases with a near-religious fervor,
Mar 21, 2013 Betty rated it it was amazing
By far the best book I have ever read. In 60 pages, the author recites historical events that make you really think about the world and people. I learned the term Normalcy Bias and related the idea to current events. I believe that everyone and their mother should read this book, and then just take an hour or so to really think about it's message.
Mar 21, 2016 Dan rated it it was amazing
This barely qualifies as a book, more of an essay, which I was able to easily read in a 30-minute bus commute. The basic premise is that politicians lie and if we allow them to get away with it we deserve what we get. The title comes from the number of people killed by the Nazi institution, not counting those killed in World War II. Hitler and the Nazis were able to get people to acquiesce to their own destruction by systematically lying to them. A good news article/column would be to catalog th ...more
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“But did you know that during the past quarter century, no presidential election has been won by more than ten million ballots cast? Yet every federal election during the same time period had at least one hundred million people of voting age who did not bother to vote!” 9 likes
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