How Do You Kill 11 Million People?

Today is the official publication date for my friend Andy Andrews’ new book, How Do You Kill 11 Million People?: Why the Truth Matters More Than You Think.

Last February, Gail and I met with Andy and his manager, Robert Smith, here in Nashville. I was the CEO at Thomas Nelson at the time, and Andy wanted to pitch the book concept to me personally because it was so different from anything he had written previously.

In my thirty years of publishing, I have been pitched hundreds—maybe a few thousand—times. But I could count on one hand the times I heard a book concept and thought, Not only should we publish this. We must must publish this. Now! Given where we are as a country, I can’t think of a more important and timely topic.

In everything he writes, Andy offers perspective that leaves you seeing your world and your life in a completely different way. He mines history for examples and then applies what he has learned to his readers’ lives. How Do You Kill 11 Million People is no different.

Through the lens of the Holocaust, Andy examines how Hitler was able to get eleven million people to march to their deaths with so little resistance. In short, he lied to them. And, sadly, they believed it.

If the truth is what sets us free, we need to ask what it means to live in a society where truth is absent, where we are routinely lied to by politicians of both parties, Wall Street, and the media. What is at stake? Can we survive in such a culture of deception?

Our only hope, Andy argues, is an informed citizenry that demands truth at every level—first from themselves and second from their leaders. We must be able to separate fact from fiction, truth from lies, and hold those who lie accountable.

This is a short book. You can literally read it in less than an hour. But don’t be fooled by its size. It’s a little book that could be the start of something very big. It’s a book you will want to read for yourself and then give to others.

I gave away 100 copies of How Do You Kill 11 Million People?. To qualify, my readers had to comment below. You can find the list of winners here.
Question: Do you agree that we are being lied to on a scale that threatens the foundation of our civilization? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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  • http://yahwehssong.com/ Kevin Riner

    Looks like a lot of folks want to read this book. I’m also one of them. I’ve always been interested in the holocaust. Would love to win a copy. Pick me! Pick ME!

  • Mike

    The problem I see is most politicians twist their words and the statistics so the can appear correct.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com Barry Hill

      MIke,
      Yeah, I am always amazed at politicians who are looking at the same fact or statistic and can “sell” two very different interpretation of that same fact.—I think they call that SPIN. Thanks for your comments, Mike!

  • Greg

    The book How do You Kill 11 Million People is an important lesson in the power of lies. However as you probable already know the lies did not stop when the train cars were locked.  In 1972 one of my professors at San Diego State, Dr. Gerhard Wolter, told me of his first day in a Nazi prison camp.  He related that he was so badly beaten by several guards that he no longer had the strength to stand, set or even rise off the floor.   They then threw him into a small one person cell that contained a chair and a bed.  Some time later that night a lone guard opened the small window in Dr. Wolter’s cell door.  The guard told Dr. Wolter that he had over heard what the other guards were planning for him for the following day. He then threw Dr. Wolter a small section of rope and told him “Do yourself a favor.”  Dr. Wolter described drugged the chair to the middle of the room and using it tied the rope to a rafter.  When he finished tying a noose in the other end Dr. Wolter told how he came to realize  that if he had that much strength that the beating was something he could endure. He climbed down and went to sleep.  The next morning he woke to the sounds of movement outside his cell.  Once again a guard opened the small window in his cell door and peered in.  Turning to other outside the guard shouted “The pig’s still alive” and left.  Dr. Wolter told how he then made his way to the now opened window and witnessed the guards removing all the bodies, with ropes still around their necks.

  • Twulf15

    Absolutely we are being lied to. President Obama lied to the American people this week when he said it is his job to take action when Congress won’t. I’m not a Constitution scholar, but even I know that that is an outright lie. No president of the United States has the right to circumvent Congress because he or she disagrees with Congress or because he or she thinks Congress isn’t taking action according to his or her schedula and/or agenda. President Obama proved himself to be the dictator he truly is with his arrogance and deceit.

  • Guest

    In the most despicable manner possible the Obama administration has deceived and lied to the American people more than any administration in history.  When you fill your administration with your cohorts, virtually all of them socialists or communists, it’s not difficult to figure out what their intentions are and what they’ll do to accomplish their goals

  • Angela

    I’d like to know how to kill 11 million people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Cutler/782953004 David Cutler

    I’ve always found it difficult to talk with others about Hitler, without those I’m talking to  jumping to what he ended up doing. What is ignored is how he and the Nazi’s got to where they could do what they did. It would seem that this book addresses that issue.

  • Sheila Morgan

    Yes, I do agree that our civilization is in jeopardy. I think we have been lied
    to for millions of years. Each generation has a different lie to contend with.
    We don’t know who to believe. It seems that right is wrong, and wrong is right.
    It seems that those that lie, cheat and steel are the ones who prosper and those
    that try to do the right thing, doesn’t. They lie with thier mouth and thier
    actions. What is wrong with this picture? In the work place, the meanest of the
    men and women are the ones who get promoted and make the most money. Why is
    that? We see good honest people work for a living and we see others just set
    back and let someone else take care of them. Where has our integrity gone? In politics we see both sides promise the
    moon, what ever it takes to get elected, then it’s a different story. Do we not
    have moral values any more?

    My daddy
    told be before he past away, ” Don’t ever, ever, ever, vote for the incumbent,
    because if he isn’t crooked when he went in he’ll be crooked when he comes out”.
    He also said, ” They are all as crooked as a dogs hine leg”. My daddy has
    been gone now for 26 years.
     

  • Donsilvasr

    Amazing concept to break through to all people …. Look forward to reading this book!

  • Tim Wachtstetter

    Sadly, yes. I believe we are being lied to by the media and by policitians. Even more sad is the fact that most of us are conplicitous in the deception. Scripture speaks of those who are “willingly ignorant.” Many feel that they will be excused from action if they remain uninformed. What a tragic mistake!

  • Tmwatz

    Yes and it scares the heck out of me! I fear for the future of my children!

  • Bernie

    Truth matters….at every level.  I am becoming more discouraged about this subject as I see a public more willing to accept dishonesty & corruption as long as it’s benefiting “me”, my people, or my causes…  We must demand a return to honesty and  be willing condemn those who seek to enrich themselves with deception….even “our own people”….

  • Constance

    How
    true is truth? How absolute? We know the truth when we hear it, see it,
    experience it. We’re drawn to it like a moth to light. Mighty big issue. HUGE!

  • C Lester

    I have come to the point where I am suspect of every word uttered by ALL politicians and most of the media.    This is no way to live.    I rarely if ever watch television anymore because all I was doing was talking back to it, in three little words….
    “That’s a lie.” 

  • Tom

    I think that many gov’t officials will do anything to stay in power and keep making money for themselves.

  • Bogaski0

    Yes, I believe we are in danger of being “lulled” in to believing that all is well or “it will get better soon”.  There are very few of our government leaders that are honest in their dealings with us, the American people and most of us have the terrible attitude, “oh, there is nothing I can do about it” (!!).  Are you kidding?  I will be reading and passing on Mr. Andrew’s book this week!

  • Lenny Falls

    Not only do I believe it, I predicted the “type” of president Obama would be–throughout his campaign, he really said nothing of substance.  Sadly, I grossly underestimated how effectively terrible (or terribly effective) he would be in tearing down our country. Even his staunchest critics are too kind.  It is not that he doesn’t understand (in my opinion), it is that he fiercely wants to destroy our free enterprise system.  Four more years would do just that–we are losing our country rapidly–and I could care less what color he is. 

  • Earl Hollingshead

    Yes, There is no doubt in my mind .

  • Mary Kass

    Do you agree that we are being lied to on a scale that threatens the foundation of our civilization?
    Yes, I agree wholeheartedly. The foundation of the country was based on Judeo Christian values. Our Founders believed for this country to remain free we must be a moral and virtious people and we have LOST IT. The immorality in our society is crippling us . Most people don’t even understand about being virtious. Doing what is best for country before what is best for you….   Because we don’t SEEK the truth and our children are being taught their is NO consequence for their actions… Lying, stealing, laziness, instant gratification, greed… etc…. It is all linked… and we will be faced with very tough times ahead…   When you find a politician stood in front of the camera and with no remorse lied… we should HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE… but with the complacent media… it becomes as long as it is my politician.. let’s look the other way…    It has been years in the making… the dumbing down of america thru our schools, the focus away from religion…, not knowing WHY America was so great and WHY it stayed GREAT… is harming the future…  America is Great because America is GOOD… simple yet complicated…  just LIVE THE TEN.

  • Steve Johnson, Geologist

    Internet myths are combining with the judiciary to strangle freedom.  Example.  PCBs…a dielectric liquid now banned for environmental reasons has become widely feared for virtually no reason.  As a result, cleaning things up has become an exercise in debunkmanship that the EPA is afraid to do because it might “hurt someone’s feelings”.  Read the story in google….Clinton Landfill

  • Jhurd3

    I could not agree more. we aere being lied to daily not only from our political leaders but the major culprit is the media. Wether it be global warming, economic issues, social issues, the dumbing down of our children thru public education or the re writing of history, we are being attacked on all fronts.

  • Doug Smith

    Sounds like an interesting book! Truth is constantly , and has been for 6,000 years, being undermined not by outright lies but by hpcrocisy and deceit. Bank tellers are trained to detect counterfeit money, not by observing counterfeit bills, but by a thorough analysis and study of “real money.” As our culture moves further and further away from God, we become more and more prone to fall for deception. Our only hope for America is to study, memorize, and meditate on the Truth of God’s Word continually. We must “get back to the Bible!”

    • http://theordainedbarista.com Barry Hill

      Doug,
      Yeah, I am with you. The more we are around the real thing the more we will be able to detect what is counterfeit. It’s one of the reasons I love John 10 so much.

  • Gloria Pickering

    Looking foward to reading this. Sounds amazing!!

  • Bob Gorman

    The issue, in my opinion IS that serious. I teach 2 courses: Master Learner, & Finger Thinking that address how to spot lies, even subtle ones, but the more important issue is having the stamina to stand up & speak out.
    See my blog entry from Sept. 30, 2009:
    The Complicity of Silence
    http://www.kncell.org/blog/2009/09/30/the-complicity-of-silence-2/
    Bob

  • Andy Montgomery

    If the answer to the question is “You lie to them.”, then what is the answer to the next question, “How do you get them to believe the lies?”  The answer to that question is found in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions  and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”  You just tell them what they want to hear.

  • Bill

    I have just read “How to Kill 11 Million People” – I read all of Andy’s books, personally buy copies for every college student I teach each fall and spring and give as gifts. I am ordering a dozen copies of “How to Kill …”. I will send with a personal note to people I believe can influence others and personally ask them to read and pass along to others they think are concerned about our loss of  TRUTH as the standard. I pray that God will bless Andy and this writing to awaken us for our need for awakening, concern and involvement. Great job accepting his proposal Michael.

  • http://twitter.com/stcjapan Steve Clark

    I do believe that there is more lying going on, especially the most agregious kind, where some people no longer care that the results of their lies will hurt millions of people. This is a large scale, but it’s not that there is a huge conspiracy other than the grand conspiracy of evil deluding people in the first place.

  • Kathy Rollins

    I do agree that we have been lied to for many many years.  Andy Andrews has called all of Americans to take a stand and demand integrity, truth and accoountability form all of our politicians,government leaders, and the media.  We must be informed and demand the truth from them.  His book  is a call for all of us to get busy.  He is to be commended for writing this book.

  • Jacroms

    Yes I believe we are being lied to…but I also believe that society right now wants that.  They do not want to face the truth.  My husband and I researched the candidates before this last presidential campaign and discovered that this would not be good for our country.  No matter how much we shared these facts with our neighbors, co-workers and friends, they would not listen or even look at the facts.  They wanted to believe the lie.  It was almost as if they needed this.  Some even got hostile towards us.  It is a sad state of affairs to see our country being  led down the rabbit hole in hopes of a new wonderland.  What will the new election bring?  I am praying we don’t end up at the tea party with the Mad Hatter!

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  • Mitchell Maloney

    I truly feel the “great lie” that has been “sold” as a cure for everything that ails this country is the lie that the government knows more regarding what we as a people need to continue to make this country’s experiment the envy of the world.  The sad fact is that a growing amount of our population is following that belief all the way to the proverbial concentration camp called Socialism.

    Mitch Maloney

  • RoyMckinnon

    Over the last week this topic and this book are growing great momentum. Glenn Beck also highlighted it on GBtv and it is clear we can all agree that we desire and truly need truth. Spending time listening to the election cycle or simply watching the evening news I find myself frustrated on the main conversations of lies and “spin” we even have a pc word for it, it seems as though no one is speaking on the issues. We live in a fog of fleshly deception.

  • Eddie Poole

    I believe the truth will set you free. Look forward to reading Andy’s book!

  • http://twitter.com/davesheets Dave Sheets

    Bought the book the same day I read the post. Wow. This is definitely a book every American should read. Andy did a great job keeping it politically agnostic.

  • Gordon

    I have been following your comments very ardently and I admire your insight
    and integrity in every article you publish..  Here in in my county, given the scope of corruption in almost every area of our society, I am sure a book of this calibre will
    be an eye opener. 

  • Boshoff Home

    Absoluately!!! you only need to read the Bible to know that!

  • Boshoff Home

    Absolutely!  you only need to read the Bible.  
    Paula

  • Jjfine

    I believe that advertising is base on the belief that you are getting something for nothing or that at the least the value of what you acquire is greater then the cost indicating you actually believe someone has your interests above their own… we should always be wary when we see this

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  • Jchotchkiss

    Yes.

  • Drbobwilkerson

    Most Americans are in complete darkness when it comes to seeing and knowing the true nature of America.

  • Vanschaf

    The plan for some 100 years is working.  The new world order, the illuminate, the bildaberg group, the 1% , the devil, the evil or whatever you want to call them are upon us. I read the book, “The Invisible Government”, in 1968.  I have recently re-read it and now it means so much more to me.  We are in big trouble.  I have talked to so many people about this and I might as well be talking to a wall.  The dumbing down of our world thru chemicals and government control of education has worked.  

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  • sundance

    u better take a look at all those fema camps being built, with the wire on the inside,and the furnaces,

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rocky-Frisco/675893363 Rocky Frisco

    I want to read the book, so your article did the job. On the other hand: “This is a short book. You can literally read it in less than an hour. But don’t be fooled by it’s size.”

    Come on . . . run-on sentences, an apostrophe in a possessive pronoun . . . you should have somebody proof your writing.  You would have failed sixth grade English when I took it.

  • John

    Governments are being elected by the majority vote.
    How many in that majority know who and what they are voting for.
    The majority are first brain washed and lied to before they vote.
    After the empowerment of their choice, they are the first to complain.
    Yet with the next elections they repeat their mistake.
    Sheeple follow goats, who do not have a shepherd.
    Should man unite under a good shepherd,
     They will be guided in their voting.
    A good shepherd cares about his flock.
    A shepherd of goats, uses his flock for his own power.

  • Pedro A. Rodriguez Vega

    read Isaiah 1.23 God calls all of them corrupt. Does not leave one of them out. 545 leaders on this nation. Now the sum of the word is truth; is the revelation that will change the world. Shielding the truth = 87 33 87 = 36 a whole cycle = 360 degrees truth. Read Psalm 47.9. God will shield the truth.

  • PEDRO A. RODRIGUEZ VEGA

    THE TRUTH IS A HOOK AND A FISHING LINE. TEACH THEM HOW TO USE IT ONCE.

  • Henry Williams

    Yes indeed i couldn’t agree more with you particularly those who are the power brokers oligarchy of our times e.g Politians, law enforcement agency, business people, civil servants, church leaders, judiciary system, drug barons thieves  and so forth!  They do so constantly without any ounce of the fear of God, to them the fear of God is abstract and distance? They ”only” know God exist when they or their family members and Associates are in deep trouble they use God as their tool to incapacitates the people.  Telling lies is their frame of reference; they have built huge industries on strategic thinking on how to manufacture lies upon lies and justify it  with force, through intellectual counter arguments from ill-repute academia’s and the justice system right across the world seven continents as we speak they are groom young people from the same background to continue and unleash a devastating heinous crime blow by blows to threaten the true  foundation of our civilization. 

  • Henry Williams

    Yes indeed i couldn’t agree more with you particularly those who are the power brokers oligarchy of our times e.g Politians, law enforcement agency, business people, civil servants, church leaders, judiciary system, drug barons thieves  and so forth!  They do so constantly without any ounce of the fear of God, to them the fear of God is abstract and distance? They ”only” know God exist when they or their family members and Associates are in deep trouble they use God as their tool to incapacitates the people.  Telling lies is their frame of reference; they have built huge industries on strategic thinking on how to manufacture lies upon lies and justify it  with force, through intellectual counter arguments from ill-repute academia’s and the justice system right across the world seven continents as we speak they are grooming young people from the same background to continue and unleash a devastating heinous crime blow by blows to threaten the true  foundation of our civilization.