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RISE and DECLINE: Where We Are and What We Can Do About It studies six of history’s great democracies and republics to show what drives a nation’s life cycle from birth to death.

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Citizen support of specific principles is basic to the founding of every nation and drives its ascendance.  Dishonoring and disdaining those principles leads inexorably to decline and extinction.  The completed life cycles of Ancient Athens, the Roman Republic, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the French Third Republic demonstrate the validity of this historical truth.  The United Kingdom and United States are still thriving, but in decline.

Thatcher concludes this third volume in the HST series with specific actions needed to prolong the existence of America as we know it.

IMMIGRATION: How To Avoid Its Perils And Make It Work examines 11 actual policies of 8 different countries, their outcomes and why they succeeded or failed.

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Countries that consistently followed three guidelines laid out in IMMIGRATION have been rewarded with highly successful immigration policies.  Those that ignored one or more of the guidelines have endured severely unsatifactory results ... or even disaster.

Thatcher concludes this second volume in the HST series with explicit directions for fixing America's present flawed immigration policy.

ADAMANT AGGRESSORS: How To Recognize And Deal With Them is the award-winning finalist in the "Current Events: Political/Social" category.

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Published by Xlibris Corporation in June, 2011, the book takes a business-case look at five adamant aggressors – Mehmed the Conqueror, James K. Polk, Adolph Hitler, Chaim Weizmann/David Ben-Gurion, Joseph Stalin – and what they teach about recognizing and dealing with adamant aggressors who may be threatening America today.

Thatcher says, "The lessons in this book may not ensure that the best choices will be made today, but understanding them will surely help to reject demonstrated bad choices and, thus, more likely arrive at better choices. Adamant Aggressors will help scholars, political scientists, policy-makers and laymen understand specific lessons that history has for the present time."

What We Learn From JAMES K. POLK of THE USA About Dealing With An ADAMANT AGGRESSOR is that Mexico had many leadership changes from 1845 - 1849, and all violated the guidelines for dealing with an adamant aggressor.

During his presidential campaign and in his inaugural address, James K. Polk made clear his intent to make Texas, and Mexican territory to the Pacific Ocean, part of the United States – 'Manifest Destiny'.

Mexico had lost Texas in 1836, but never recognized its independence.  In 1846 Mexico began preparing for war against a vastly superior United States.  Mexico could have conceded Texas and waited until Polk was out of office to negotiate other issues.  But its leaders chose to escalate.

Arizona, New Mexico, California, and more were lost.

What We Learn From CHAIM WEIZMANN and DAVID BEN-GURION of ISRAEL About Dealing With An ADAMANT AGGRESSOR is that disunity and trusting one’s destiny to others do not deter an adamant aggressor.

The Zionist goal of a Jewish homeland in Palestine was formally articulated in 1897.  Jews began settling on lands eagerly sold to them by Arab landowners, and immigration began increasing the Jewish proportion of the population from 5 percent to 33 percent by 1948.

Never really united, Arab Palestinians cast their lot with leaders in whom their interests were not prime – Muftis, Nazi Germany and the Arab League.  Ben-Gurion and Weizmann relied upon strengthening their people.

Israel achieved statehood in 1948; most Arabs left.

What We Learn From JOSEPH STALIN of the COMMUNIST USSR About Dealing With An ADAMANT AGGRESSOR is that the guidelines for dealing with adamant aggressors work.

By 1920 Communists' goal of worldwide domination led from Moscow had been articulated.  The protocol that specified use of any means to achieve that end was initially secret, but became openly known over time.

Communists used civil war to get control of Russia.  Under Stalin they ruthlessly exterminated millions.  World War II brought the USSR and Allies together to defeat Hitler.  By the end of the war, U.S. President Truman recognized Stalin for what he was.  From then on, the United States led western efforts to oppose Stalin and Communism with strength.

Stalin gave up.  Worldwide Communism went down.

What We Learn From ADOLPH HITLER of NAZI GERMANY About Dealing With An ADAMANT AGGRESSOR is that Bavaria, the German Republic, France, the United Kingdom ... even Poland and Czechoslovakia could have stopped Hitler early on.  But their leaders chose to procrastinate and appease.

Hitler published his intentions in Mein Kampf and reiterated them in public pronouncements.  But exhausted by World War I and unwilling to unite, European leaders let Hitler grow ever stronger.

Unhindered, Hitler violated the Versailles treaty, marched into the Rhineland, annexed Austria, extorted parts then invaded the rest of Czechoslovakia and allied with Italy, Japan and Russia before invading Poland in 1939.

More than 42 million people died in Europe during World War II.

What We Learn From MEHMED II of The Ottoman Empire About Dealing With An ADAMANT AGGRESSOR shows that rulers of the Byzantine empire violated the guidelines for dealing with an adamant aggressor.

Mehmed II, and his father before him, made clear their intent to conquer Constantinople for Islam.  But Byzantine kings soured alliances by breaking commitments, and they allowed the city’s once-impregnable defenses to crumble.

Mehmed began his invasion by moving forces across the Bosporus to establish a base on Byzantine territory.  He was most vulnerable during this process, but even then Byzantium’s Alexander XI responded with only tentative negotiation and appeasing offers.

Constantinople fell.  The Byzantine Empire was no more.

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