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

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  3,048 ratings  ·  528 reviews

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 o

Kindle Edition, International Edition, 93 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 1st 2011)
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Danielle Whitaker Postmodernist.

Truth is not objective. You just have no solid foundation to base truth; thereby, you have no concept for truth. …more

Truth is not objective. You just have no solid foundation to base truth; thereby, you have no concept for truth. (less)
Wendi Lau Excellent question! Yes. In fact, it is essential that students think about such issues as soon as they are capable of abstract thought. I homeschool …moreExcellent question! Yes. In fact, it is essential that students think about such issues as soon as they are capable of abstract thought. I homeschool and discussed this book with my 14-year-old. With everything they are exposed to in current events and available on the internet, this is a good addition to history, literature, and philosophy courses. However, history must be a foundation before this book is used. Introducing world and U.S. history simultaneously would not provide the right intellectual base to tackle this book. Students must understand what has gone before in order to absorb these ideas.(less)
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Carol Smith
May 19, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
"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
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 world's 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 f
Jun 25, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah Nelson
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terrifyingly relevant to what’s going on in our country today.
Ella Burakowski
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Connie Carpenter
This was a good and informative read. I did a lot of WWII in my undergrad. (My BA is in History and Religion) I took a class that was called "Hitler and the Holocaust". The professor was amazing, and I learned so much from it. I did not know until that class that there were a lot of people who did not think that the Holocaust was real. I was floored. I have seen the pictures, the videos, the propaganda, and I have read Mein Kampf. I know that the Holocaust is real.

Anyways, this book is well res
Bob Sorrell
Feb 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 11, 2012 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
Derrick Jeter
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
Kevin Hanks
May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So I am not really sure which way I want to go on the rating of this book whether I didn't like it or whether it was okay. Wait there was the author suggesting to me it would take 15 minutes for me to become empowered in reading his book but looking back upon it didn't happen so let's throw it under 1 Star.

Within 15 minutes of reading this book I was told that the truth would set me free, given a life account about how not telling the truth ruined the author's fame at school and how he was li
Wendi Lau
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
When individuals let truth slide, people die.

This is Andy Andrews’ answer to the question: what happens to a society that lives with lies?

First, he differentiates the past from history:
“…the past is what is real and true, while history is merely what someone recorded.”
Then he throws the Nazi systemic mass murder of 11 million people at you as a case study.

In just 47 pages, the reader is lead through logic, shocking facts, and sad truths. The entire book can be read in under an hour (he claims
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, favorites
This small slender book can be read in a hour. It's profound and should be read by everyone. The book is especially important now, today. It's meant to urge us to think about how we affect the world, our country, our families and more. It's a lesson and isn't to be missed or glossed over. Truth matters. History has lessons for us and, no, your little world isn't the only thing that needs attention. Teach your children well.

Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The purpose of this book is to simply get its readers to think, seek out truth and examine facts for themselves, and avoid the apathy that seems so prevalent in our country. It is not an "us vs them" book but rather a "we" book. Do we as Americans like the direction our country is headed? Are we willing to demand and hold our politicians and leaders to higher standards? Where do we begin to find common ground in regard to what we want (or don't want) for the future of America? Some good thoughts ...more
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How Do You Kill 11 Million People? is a timely and, indeed, prescient read — especially in an election year and during a pandemic (the latter of which I’d be okay if we don’t repeat anytime soon). Either of these instances makes the read that much more important; pair the two, and it’s a mic drop waiting to happen.

A news report last week noted that the US’s 200-plus-year-old democracy is the longest in the world. This got me thinking on a few different levels. I’m no political expert by any stre
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars

I think this would have gotten a better rating if it had been longer and developed more. It's only 83 pages, so just about the time it has pulled you's over.
Chris Gallagher
Jan 18, 2012 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
[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,
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jim Brown
AN AMAZING READ! Who has not wondered how the Germans of the 1930's and 40's got so any people, not just Jews, to board trains that took them to their death. I know I have. Andy Andrews explains it in very simple to understand terms. It was much easier than you might think and for the German Jews it was not at the point of a gun as you might first believe. There is one chapter that describes how a train track was directly behind a church. Over time the people attending church services discovered ...more
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 17, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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."
David James
Jan 12, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 reveale
Ok. Well first off, this is not really what I'd call a "book". More like an essay. A blog post. I like that the author honed in on one terrific thing to look at, think about, and talk about. (Demanding truth from our elected officials.) It's simplified, and I like that. I was all prepared to sink into a "book", and then, now, 20 minutes later, I'm done. I learned something, yes. So all good.

"Any country can survive having chosen a fool as their leader, but history has shown time and again that a
Wesley Bishop
Jan 31, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
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