How Do You Kill 11 Million People?

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 22 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 22 January, 2012, 12:00am


How Do You Kill 11 Million People?
by Andy Andrews
Thomas Nelson

The title of this book promises more than it delivers. How Do You Kill 11 Million People? will grab anyone browsing for interesting reads, and its subhead, Why the Truth Matters, will have many paying before sampling a chapter. Andy Andrews, an author of self-help books (which I discovered too late) and former comedian, is also a corporate speaker. That's why you will read his patronising Reader's Guide with the sound in your head of someone yelling at you: 'Think about a time when you knew you were being lied to. How did this make you feel?' Andrews' argument is that we need to be more informed and need to demand the truth. How did Hitler manage to send to their deaths 11.3 million people in institutionalised killings? 'Lie to them,' he writes. That allows Andrews to opine: 'The most dangerous thing any nation faces is a citizenry capable of trusting a liar to lead them.' His goal - to persuade more Americans to vote - is admirable ('more than 100 million of us don't bother ... in a federal election'). But much of the rest is pretty poor.