For the last few days, I’ve had a series of rather serendipitous books flow across my Audible. Many of them were short, light reads that just seemed to have an impact on my own emotional state, but then, along came How Do You Kill 11 Million People. Andy Andrews writes political fiction. He has an amazing insight into the workings of governments and people. He observes the world around him and learns from what he sees, and that’s a trait I always respect in a person. The fact that he then turns around and puts out a book like How Do You Kill, and I have to give him huge props.
First, let me say, read this book. You have no excuse not to read it, and it’s message is important: Lying is dangerous, and that’s what governments do. Now, Andrews isn’t saying that governments are evil, or even trying to screw you over, though he does draw parallels between the rise of the Nazi Party and the modern American political situation. No, he doesn’t say America is headed for it’s own holocaust, he’s telling us that before the rise of the Nazi Party, Germany was a nation of intelligent, well informed citizens that allowed themselves to be lied to by their political candidates.
As I am writing this, I am watching the South Carolina Forum meetings with the Republican Primary Candidates. As I watch what they are saying, which is generally nothing, I am reminded to look at and compare what I am being told to what I know to be true. I am putting everything through a filter, and I wouldn’t have that filter if I hadn’t read this book.
So, go out and read it now. Though, I recommend that pick it up on Audible, because of the short Q&A section at the end of the book. It really is a brilliant work.
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