How Do You Kill 11 Million People? book review
As the election of 2012 draws closer I find myself reading more and more history stories, biographies on historical heroes and heroines, and observations of history.
New York Times bestselling author, Andy Andrews gives us a few things to think about in his latest book. He takes a look back at the Jews in Germany during World War II. His account is thought provoking and will send chills down your spin in some cases.
“For you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free,” Andrews begins in his book How Do You Kill 11 Million People (Thomas Nelson, 2011, ISBN: 978-0-8499-4835-0, $14.99). That quote is the basis for this book. He goes on to ask, “If it is correct that “you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free,” then is it possible that if you don’t know the truth, its absence can place you in bondage?”
Ponder that for a moment. I don’t know about you but America sure feels like she’s in bondage to me. We’re in debt that we’ll never be able to repay. We are in bondage to our debts. Daily we lose the core principles this country was founded on. I believe we are in bondage to our loss of foundations.
He continues throughout the book to discuss history. He states,” Simply stated, the past, is what is real and true, while history, is merely what someone recorded.” Now that should give us something to think about. I’ve never looked at history in that fashion.
An example he gives describes attending an event. If there are several of us there and we report on that event no two stories will be the same. He says,” It might be shocking for many of us to realize that what we know as “history” can actually be a total fabrication, created from the imagination of someone with an ax to grind.” Or in many cases today, history is simply was has been published by those who are in control of publishing the books. No one has bothered to check to see if they are truly fact or fiction.
Tell me if this does not give you the creeps. Andrews writes,” Hitler was a man of the common people – not long before, he had been a lance corporal in the army – and his speeches were exciting and passionate. He promised more and better and new and different. He vowed rapid change and swift action.” Does this remind you of anyone today?
The next part reminded me of several well-known public figures. He writes,” According to record, what Hitler actually said in his speeches depended very much on the audience.” Has anyone viewed any politicians that tend to speak to the crowd they are in front of whether they speak the truth or not?
It is sad to think of such a time. It is sad to think that Hitler could see so profoundly into human nature by saying,” How fortunate for leaders, that men do not think. Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” Do any slogans come to mind? I couldn’t stop thinking of Hope and Change. The more we hear it we should believe it. And while there are many out there who want fall into this trap there are still millions out there who believe this small but simple lie.
The Jewish and others that were killed off believed some of his lies. Slowly things were taken from them. Before they could do anything it was already too late. Andrews writes,” Mothers and fathers held their voices, covered their eyes, and closed their ears. The vast majority of an educated population accepted their salaries and avoided the uncomfortable truth that lingered over them like a serpent waiting to strike. And when the Nazis came for their children, it was too late.” Many historical accounts tell story after story of prisoners, in the beginning, willingly going into the gas chambers believing they were taking a shower. They never came out. I can’t help to think of the great land we live in. Have so many of us become complacent or do we just believe the lies being told?
Andrews goes on to discuss the truth and telling the truth. He believes the danger to our country is not one leader or a particular group. He believes,” The most dangerous thing any nation faces is a citizenry capable of trusting a liar to lead them.” Wow! That is something to think about yet we keep electing liar after liar.
Isn’t it a messed up world when they can lie all they want to us, but if we lie to them, it is a felony? That is just beyond infuriating to me. Why does that not infuriate more people in America? Yet, we sit back, listening to lies, starting to believe them and watch our beloved country disappear before our eyes.
I don’t know if what took place in Germany can happen here. Only God knows that. But I do know that I wouldn’t put anything past an evil enemy. I also know that we have come to the point in America’s history where now is the time to stop electing liars. We must stand for what is right. If we don’t we will surely look back one day and it will be too late.
I highly encourage you to read Andy Andrews book. It is very short, simple and profound. I want to close with a final quote out of Andy Andrews’s book. Let it be a call to action! He writes,” It has become standard operating procedure for many politicians to say whatever is needed in order to get elected. This must stop. History’s list is deep and wide and filled with the names of tragic governments whose citizens did not stop.
Andy Andrews has been hailed by a New York Times writer as a “modern-day Will Rogers who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America.” He has spoken at the request of four different U.S. Presidents. Every single minute a book by Andy Andrews is sold somewhere in the world! New York Times Bestselling Author of How Do You Kill 11 Million People?, The Noticer, and The Traveler’s Gift.