Review

PUBLISHER: THOMAS NELSON
PUBLICATION DATE: JANUARY 3, 2012

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ot 15 minutes? Then How Do You Kill 11 Million People? may be the best 15 minutes you’ve spent in a long while. Andy Andrews’ brief title considers the loss of truth in our world and how it has worked itself out in the American milieu, especially in the world of American politics.

Andrews begins his book by looking at how the Nazis were able to get Jews to willingly climb into cattle cars and be carted off to be killed. In his view, it began with a series of subtle lies. The ghettos were erected to “protect” the Jews from the encroaching war. The cattle cars were to evacuate them to a place where jobs and safety away from the frontline of WWII awaited them. But, it was a lie. An elaborate lie orchestrated and executed with prejudice by Adolf Eichmann. The end result would be the death of more than 6 million Jews and another 5 million casualties of war and hatred.

Fast-foward to our modern day. Andrews sees a country poised on the precipice of decay and collapse because of a similar willingness to believe lies fed to us. “Any country can survive having chosen a fool as their leader. But history has shown time and again that a nation of fools is surely doomed,” he writes, suggesting that a vast majority of Americans have been led astray by the pied piper. Andrews suggests that Americans need to redevelop common sense and demand truth from its leaders, demand results from its leaders, and fire them if they fail at meeting those demands.

No more lies.

What works in favor of Andrews’ title is that he espouses neither Republican or Democratic ideologies. In a politically-charged world, he manages to discuss the one thing we all agree on—the truth matters. While people across the aisle may disagree as to what constitutes what the truth actually is, no one would suggest a system based entirely on lies is preferable to one based on truth-telling.