Monday, April 30, 2012

How Do You Kill 11 Million People?

           Talk about a provocative title.  I can’t claim it; it’s lifted from a work from the best-selling author, Andy Andrews.  If you are not familiar with Andy’s work, then we have something in common.  As I understand it, there are two big reasons why you and I should both become more familiar with Andy’s efforts.  1) He’s a New York Times Bestselling Author.  2) He’s local, at least if you are reading this in Alabama. 

            In one of his latest works, How Do You Kill 11 Million People?, the Orange Beach native begins by explaining his purpose: to write something that can present a serious point in less than 15 minutes – and to do so in a way that everyone, conservative or liberal, republican or democrat, can agree with.  In today’s political culture, getting everyone to agree that rain is wet can be a difficult task, so Andy has his work cut out for him.

            The book presents a sobering depiction of what led to the genocide of so many people during Hitler’s evil Holocaust, with a focus not on the methodologies used or the psychological makeup of Hitler himself, but, instead, with a focus on the victims.  You’ll have to read the book for a better understanding of this, but he draws excellent and, at the same time, frightening parallels between the naïveté of the Holocaust victims and that of citizens of our country.  While not exactly a “call to arms,” his book is a challenge to us all as Americans. 

            While conservatives and liberals may all generally agree with the premise set forth, the current political leaders in control of our country most assuredly will not. 

            If you haven’t bought the book already, you should.  It is very short and you can easily read it in one sitting.  It’s available at all bookstores,, etc.  Here is a link to his website:, where the book is also available, and where you can learn more about Andy Andrews and his work.

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