So I normally don’t read and review outside of ya fiction books…but this was recommended to me by my mom. It’s a teeeeeeeny tiny book…a 15-20 minute read. I enjoyed it and would recommend borrowing it from your local library. Side note: I had this lying around my apartment and we had some friends over…yeeeeah, they all looked at the title, then back at me and thought I had gone nuts.
Title: How Do You Kill 11 Million People?
Author: Andy Andrews
Summary (by Goodreads):
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 understanding and desire has made him loved by millions.
Now, Andy Andrews brings his lessons and perspective into the important arena of government, citizenship, and what it means to completely uphold the truth.
If the truth is what sets us free, what does it mean to live in a society where truth is absent? How do truth and lies in the past shape our destiny today? Through the lens of the Holocaust, best-selling author Andy Andrews examines the critical need for truth in our relationships, our communities, and our government.
In this compact, nonpartisan book, Andrews urges readers to be “careful students” of the past, seeking accurate, factual accounts of events and decisions that illuminate choices we face now. By considering how the Nazi German regime was able to carry out over eleven million institutional killings between 1933 and 1945, Andrews advocates for an informed population that demands honesty and integrity from its leaders and from each other.
The future of our country rests on the ability to separate the truth from lies, and Andrews compels each of us to examine our leaders’ claims with a critical eye. His question- how do you kill eleven million people?-is provocative, but his warning is clear: “Only a clear understanding of the answer to this question and the awareness of an involved populace can prevent history from continuing to repeat itself as it already has, time and again.”
Talk about a detour from ya fiction! This short book is focused on the truth, why the truth is so important, and why we should want the truth from the people that run our country and make decisions on our behalf. That seems like such a “duh” statement, but it’s something that we seemingly overlook or have become complacent with when it comes to our leaders.
I want to start out by saying this author opens his book by telling his readers that he wanted this to come from a point of view that is not republican or democrat. This book is just a simple “essay” about politics, lying, and the history of the two together along with the catastrophes. I feel like I just gave a disclaimer…hahaha!
Like I mentioned above, the book is small. 50 pages for the book and then almost 30 pages in a “conversation” (basically a Q and A) with the author about some questions that might have been brought to mind while reading the book. The author is asking us to become informed, make decisions based off of our own research, and most importantly…to vote. Did you realize that there are 313 Million people in the US right now? In the 2008 election, only 60% of citizens eligible to vote, actually voted!
You know how many people are responsible for America? 545 human beings. There are 313 Million Americans with only 545 people to make laws, govern, and make decisions. I loved this line the author wrote:
Have you ever heard a politician speak in favor of a complicated tax code that ordinary citizens find difficult to understand? Then why do we have a complicated tax code that ordinary citizens find difficult to understand? [pg 43]
I feel like if I write anymore…I’d basically outline and write the whole book. It’s worth the few minutes it takes to read it.
I’ll end with this quote from former President James A Garfield:
“Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature…. If the next centennial does not find us a great nation … it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.” – President James A. Garfield (on America’s 100th birthday)
PS – I’m posting this on a Wednesday since this doesn’t fall into my normal fluffy/yummy YA fiction book review…so you won’t feel jipped on Friday! :)