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.
Some libraries have HST books. If yours doesn’t, ask them to include copies in their collection.
You can also purchase HST books directly from this site.
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.
Read just the Preface and last chapter to get a complete articulation of the historical lessons.
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.
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.