Book Review - How Do You Kill 11 Million People?: Why the Truth Matters More Than You Think by Andy Andrews
How Do You Kill 11 Million People by Andy Andrews is one of those books that, on the surface, has a title that seemingly begs to get people riled up. The mind quickly goes to politics, ethics, religion, or a myriad of other issues that cause instant controversy and division in today's society. But if you take a step back and clear your mind, the message here is one that is true and transcends labels that we place on people and groups. In short... how do you kill 11 million people?
Lie to them.
Andrews goes back to World War II and the Holocaust to illustrate his point. After the fact, we tend to look back and wonder how people let such things happen. Even more astounding, why did the victims willing allow themselves to be led to slaughter with little resistance? It was all centered around lies. Each small lie was explained in such a way as to make it sound as if the actions were for their own protection. Once that lie was accepted and implemented, it provided the base for the next one, and the next one. You don't go from citizen to extermination camp in one step. But your area of the town can be surrounded by barbed wire "for your protection." Bribes are accepted to "improve" the living conditions, although it is only temporary. Transport to better living areas are necessary to protect you from advancing troops. Cattle cars and overcrowding are necessary to move you to the new areas as quickly as possible. And with your full cooperation, you willingly endure the hellish ride to your new "home"... Auschwitz... Treblinka... Dachau...
And the lie is complete.
11 Million People is a very short book. Even listed at 112 pages, the core message is less than half of that. You could argue that this is really a longer blog post and not a book. I'd be hard-pressed to disagree, except the message is too important to be buried in yet another online article that many would never see. Andrews is very clear that he does not want this to be a pro- or anti- message attached to any cause. Instead, it's a core observation about governments, regardless of party or label, and what can happen when the population chooses to forego critical thinking and fails to question the actions being taken.
I don't like to use the words "must read", but it does apply here. We are currently living in a time where there is a disconnect between what is being told to us by our leaders and what is really happening. If we choose to blindly follow without question, we stand a very good chance of going down paths that we don't want to traverse.
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