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Book Review: How Do You Kill 11 Million People?

Saturday, I opened the mail to discover a copy of Andy Andrews‘ new book, How Do You Kill 11 Million People?  Why The Truth Matters More Than You Think.  I read through this short book in an hour or so.

My first thought when I opened the package was “Who titles their book this way?”  I mean, I’m not at all interested in killing anyone much less 11 million people.  My next thought, “What a small book.  This should take me long.”  There are only fifty pages to this book, and many of the pages have pictures or large text.

I had never read anything by Andy Andrews, but I had heard of his name before.  He’s written several novels including The Noticer and The Traveler’s Gift which both made the New York Times bestseller list.  Andrews is also a well-known speaker.

So what is his new book about?  How Do You Kill 11 Million People? relates the story of the Holocaust (where over 11 million people died) and the deception of the German government led by Adolf Hitler to the potential abuse of power that could lie in government left unchecked.  Andrews’ doesn’t take on a political side in his book (at least not from my standpoint), but he does encourage readers to be informed, to investigate the facts, to discover the truth, and to be involved with the political process by holding our leaders accountable through the voting process.

“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!” – Andy Andrews in How Do You Kill 11 Million People?

Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect when I opened this book.  I’m not normally outspoken when it comes to the political arena.  I was suspicious about Andrews’ motives and message as I read the first few pages.  But as I continued through the book, I was surprised.  Andrews’ message is for everyone whether you lean left or right, whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican.

I would definitely recommend this book especially if you are turned off by the current political climate or if you’re thinking of skipping the next election.

Did you vote in the last election?  Are you planning to vote in the upcoming election?  Have you read this book?  If so, what did you think?