Andy Andrews on Why Truth Matters

One of my favorite authors is Andy Andrews, who always writes things from a very different perspective as anyone else.  I have all of his books, and am always interested in his point of view.

One of his latest books is called How Do You Kill 11 Million People?  I have to admit that I would have passed by the book if it weren’t for the author.

The new book is the story of the holocaust, but unlike anything you’ve ever read.  It’s also a very small book, which you can read in about fifteen or so minutes.  But you will find that you are thinking about it for days afterward.  It’s a book that just makes you give it to someone else and say, “Read this.  I want to talk about it with you.”

The story is basically a question about how millions of people were killed by Hitler and the Nazis.  Most of the time, they boarded trains with little resistance.  Trains heading to concentration camps.  I’ve heard directly from Holocaust survivors the horrors involved.  Most of us have read books and seen movies depicting the events.

But I don’t know of anyone else who ever asked “Why?  Why did they board the trains without fighting back?”

Andy provides the answer, and it is startling.  They were told lies.  They were told that jobs were available, that things were safer, that it would be a better life.  And so they listened to that lie and boarded trains and descended into an unspeakable horror.

What makes this book so intriguing is that it doesn’t only review the past, but takes you right to today.  The book raises questions about how many citizens are voting, how many are not involved in today’s decisions, and how trusting we are as a nation.  It’s a wake-up call to everyone to study and demand one thing.  The truth.

This short, easy-to-read book:

1. Provides a different perspective.

2. Encourages a thought provoking discussion.

3. Raises questions about history and questions about today.

4. Encourages an evaluation of your own involvement and activities in society.

5. Challenges citizens to vote and let your own voice be heard.


How important is the truth? What can we do to encourage more people to vote and to be involved? How do we encourage the expression of all of our different voices and opinions? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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