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How Do You Kill 11 Million People?: Why the Truth Matters More Than You Think Hardcover – January 2, 2012
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"Several years ago I asked myself three questions: Where do we begin to find common ground in regard to what we want (or don't want) for the future of America? Is it possible to write something that doesn't use the words Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, yet conveys a message with which everyone could agree? Can it be written in a concise fashion allowing anyone to read it, clearly understand the message, and be empowered in less than fifteen minutes?
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Andrews starts the book by writing:
“Several years ago I asked myself these three questions: Where do we begin to find common ground in regard to what we want (or don’t want) for the future of America? Is it possible to write something that doesn’t use the words Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, yet conveys a message with which everyone could agree? Can it be written in a concise fashion allowing anyone to read it, clearly understand the message, and be empowered in less than fifteen minutes? Here, then, is my answer to those questions.”
He goes on to write:
“’For you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.’ Those are probably the most famous words ever spoken on the subject of truth. 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?”
Andrews writes that the past is what is real and true, while history is merely what someone recorded. He states that 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.
Andrews says that:
“There are many lessons we have learned from that tragic period in history (the Holocaust), but one particular part of the story remains quietly hidden from even the most brilliant of scholars. It is the answer to one simple question. How do you kill eleven million people?”
He states that only a clear understanding of the answer to that question and the awareness of an involved populace can prevent history from continuing to repeat itself as it already has, time and again.
He asks why for month after month and year after year, did millions of intelligent human beings—guarded by a relatively few Nazi soldiers—willingly load their families into tens of thousands of cattle cars to be transported by rail to one of the many death camps scattered across Europe? How can a condemned group of people headed for a gas chamber be compelled to act in a docile manner? He states that the answer is simple – you lie to them.
In one chilling passage, Andrews includes a church member recalling:
“We knew the time the train was coming and when we heard the whistle blow we began singing hymns. By the time the train came past our church, we were singing at the top of our voices. If we heard the screams, we sang more loudly and soon we heard them no more.”
Andrews states “The most dangerous thing any nation faces is a citizenry capable of trusting a liar to lead them.”
This is a very short book (print version is 96 pages and that includes some illustrations and an interview with Andrews), but one with a powerful message. I did feel however that it was overpriced (Kindle edition was $8.00). I highlighted a number of passages in the book and would like to share a few of them with you below:
• Is there really any power in one’s intentions anyway? Have you ever noticed how we judge the “bad guys” by their actions and the “good guys” by their intentions? Who are the good guys and who are the bad guys? Would truth be a starting point for telling the difference? What is our nation’s course? Do you believe that one can determine a probable destination by examining the direction in which one is traveling? If so, where are we headed?
• The only way we have to know a person who aspires to lead us is to listen to what he says and watch what he does.
• 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 it.
• History shows that any people who are sheeplike in following their leadership (so long as their personal self-interests are satisfied) may one day awaken to find that their nation has changed in dramatic ways.
• Our nation is at a tipping point. Regardless of political views, people everywhere can sense it.
• I wrote this book for you to use as a tool. I wrote it for you to give away. I wrote it for you to discuss and preach about and read to your children. I believe that now, more than ever, America needs to be challenged and inspired to participate.
• Great leadership is a product of great character. And this is why character matters.”
• I want America’s present and future leadership to embrace and live up to America’s core principles as written by our Founding Fathers and set forth in our Constitution. In addition, I want the public to vigilantly hold them accountable for doing so. That is my political agenda.
• I am searching for that one special leader who can look us in the eye while telling us the painful truth in such a way that still manages to resonate with voters.
• Can you hear the whistle and the wheels as the train comes down the track?