How Do You Kill 11 Million People? by Andy Andrews (review)

Using the example of the atrocities of the Holocaust, author Andy Andrews addresses the titular question of How Do You Kill 11 Million People and uses it to frame questions around truth and integrity in government and personal responsibility. Expanded from the original 2012 publication, multiple “foundational” writings are now included.

This is certainly a thought provoking book, though the transitions to historical documents and then a series of questions do seem abrupt. By the time I reached the writings of Thomas Pain, however, my main thought was that this work is more properly a pamphlet than a book.

While I found it to be underdeveloped, I do think it is worth a reread and further contemplation and I do appreciate the non-partisan presentation.


This review refers to a temporary digital galley I voluntarily read via NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher. A positive review was not required and these are only my own, honest opinions.

How Do You Kill 11 Million People? Why the Truth Matters More Than You Think by Andy Andrews | Thomas Nelson–W Publishing, March 2020 | ebook, 224 pages


About the Book

Become an informed, passionate citizen who demands honesty and integrity from our leaders or suffer the consequences of our own ignorance and apathy. 

In this updated and expanded New York Times bestselling nonpartisan book, Andy Andrews urges you to believe that seeking and discerning the truth really, really matters and that believing lies is the most dangerous thing you can do. You’ll be challenged to become a more “careful student” of the past, seeking accurate, factual accounts of events and decisions that illuminate choices you face now.

By considering how the Nazi German regime was able to carry out over eleven million institutional killings between 1933 and 1945, Andrews advocates for an informed population that demands honesty and integrity from its leaders and from each other. He includes several key documents written by our Founding Fathers as examples of America’s core principles that present and future leadership should live up to and embrace.

We can no longer measure a leader’s worth by the yardsticks provided by the left or the right. Instead, we must use an unchanging standard: the pure, unvarnished truth.