History Speaks Today Books

A Political Science Series About The Relevancy Of Historical Events And Decisions And How They Affect Us Today

History Speaks Today is for all Americans who would influence public policy -- concerned citizens and students as well as politicians, professors and pundits.  The books present a new way to teach and learn history and political science.  Each volume addresses a single subject.

Subjects are chosen after careful consideration:  empirical data are gathered, potential lessons hypothesized and then tested / modified through examination of historical situations.  Those that pass historical scrutiny are presented as conclusions in HST books, including guidelines for public policy.

Individual volumes are organized in a consistent format.

They may be written by various authors - business people, clergy, commentators, historians, policymakers, political science experts, reporters, students, teachers - all manner of professionals and laypeople.

Each volume serves as a political science guide and reference that clearly articulates the lesson, presents at least five thoroughly-researched historical cases as validation, and concludes with a summary of what the lesson means for Americans, today.

HST Book covers for Adamant Aggressors, Immigration, and Rise and Decline

HST Books:  Published, Contemplated, and Future Considerations

The HST Format

Books that present History Speaks Today  lessons follow a consistent format:

  1. Preface - an overview of the subject and historical lessons
  2. Historical cases, each including:
    • Executive summary
    • Historical narrative
    • Analysis and discussion
    • Additional reading
  3. Conclusions and current applications - "What Does It Mean For Us?"

Where To Find HST Books

Some libraries have HST books.  If yours doesn’t, ask them to include copies in their collection.

You can purchase HST books directly through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Alibris, BooksAMillion, Xlibris, and Lulu.

You can also purchase HST books directly from this site.

Potential Subjects For HST Books

Subject ideas may come from anyone, anywhere.  They may be phrased in the form of specific lessons (e.g., "all truces will be broken", "never negotiate in public", "short-term always trumps long-term") or in terms of subjects such as "adamant aggressors," "immigration," "particularism," "government-sponsored research or exploration," etc.

Just about anything may be added to the potential subjects page for future consideration.

Current and Contemplated Books

  • Adamant Aggresors:  How to Recognize and Deal With Them    by Bruce Thatcher presents three tests for identifying adamant aggressors and four guidelines for dealing with them.  Cases include Mehmed II and The Ottoman Empire; James K. Polk and the USA; Adolph Hitler and Nazi Germany; Zionism, Chaim Weizmann, David Ben-Gurion and Israel; Joseph Stalin and Communist USSR.
  • Immigration:  How to Avoid its Perils and Make it Work    by Bruce Thatcher lays down the three essential elements that must be included for any immigration policy to be successful.  Cases include United States of America (3), Mexico, Canada (2), Mandate Palestine, Australia (2), France and Singapore.
  • Rise and Decline:  Where We Are and What We Can Do About It   by Bruce Thatcher      Most nations that have ever been no longer exist.  Each nation goes through a cycle of growth, maturity and decline beginning with values held by a critical mass of its people.  As long as its populace accepts those values, the nation can endure.  When they no longer accept them the nation declines and eventually dies.  Rise and Decline looks at six nations to learn how this cycle played out for four that no longer exist, to identify where the United Kingdom and United States stand in their cycles, and to suggest what must be done to retard or reverse their decline.
  • Government Enterprise:  When to Get In and When to Get Out   (future consideration)   History shows that initiatives are best financed by governments when perceived costs exceed perceived private returns.  And the converse is also true:  Initiatives are best eschewed by governments when potential private returns exceed perceived costs.
  • Military Ventures:  How to Generate and Sustain Citizen Support   (future consideration)   History shows that citizens support winning ventures; they oppose ventures that they perceive to be losing.  And such support requires regular reinforcement.  These lessons are especially relevant when considering a military action – its scope, objectives, probable duration, etc.  Generating and sustaining citizen support must be considered as part of all contingency planning.

How To Use HST Books -- there are three ways to get the lessons presented in each HST book:

Take-Away Synopsis

Read just the Preface and last chapter to get a complete articulation of the historical lessons.

Add Summary Background

To the Preface and last chapter, add the Executive Summaries preceding each case to see digests of how the lessons played out for the selected examples.

Detailed Validation

Read the whole book skipping the Executive Summaries.  The historical narrative and Analysis and Discussion for each case add details and documentation to satisfy the most particular readers.

Buy These Great Books

You can purchase HST Books direct from this website.  You can also get them from most online retailers and some public libraries.

Help HST choose subjects for future books by suggesting and communicating via email, or by leaving your comments.