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September 23, 2020 Stan R. - Arizona: Bruce, I could not agree more with your conclusions (9/5 blog) … Yes, Blacks are 13% of us, yet they perpetrate 50% of homicides … I don't have a solution & as global anger grows, I believe the problem will live on long after you and I are gone. Keep up your wonderfully great work.
April 30, 2020 Ed K. - Missouri: I suggested your new book "Gun Mania" to our local library …
June 29, 2020 Jan A. - Washington: a meticulously researched book regarding gun use and issues. He begins with a thorough compilation of the origins, differences, and current issues of gun culture in the countries historically most influenced culturally by England … Then gun deaths are presented and analyzed from several different perspectives … statistics conclude that gun control laws historically do not prevent gun suicide or homicide
This book is an in depth read, devoid of any hysteria, and does give much to ponder regarding the gun situation in America.
April 30, 2020 Charles P. - Texas: "Gun Mania" is an in depth study of five countries history, culture, statistics, and values related to use of guns. Highlighted is the United States unique obsession with guns and while accounting for a small percentage of deaths mass murders trigger the most vocal call and focus on gun control.
"Gun Mania" offers unbiased challenges and examples for consideration on how to reduce overall suicide, homicide and violent crime rates through responsible action. I found it a wake up call and without reservation recommend it for individuals and society wrestling with the big picture of gun control.
April 21, 2020 Geofrey S. - Iowa: Wow
Amazing insight. Finally now I understand the real cause and potential solution to our gun violence problem
April 13, 2020 Dave H. - Texas: This is an excellent analysis and impartial view of the firearms subject. I found it not only interesting but very informative on a factual basis. This is an excellent author who does an exceptional amount of investigation of the facts and presents those facts in an unbiased way for each reader to reach their own conclusions.
February 11, 2020 Dennis L. - Indiana: I love history and the subject is alive and well right now... it... made me look at the issue with more understanding.
December 30, 2019 K.C. Finn, Readers' Favorite: “Sociological, political and emotionally intelligent, this is a practical work that explores the deeper considerations that underlie gun culture and the attitudes towards how to 'fix' a mislabeled problem ... Thatcher moves from exploration to exploration and builds his points well with the use of statistics and historical, cultural information ... His comparisons are intelligent and fully aware of the worldwide issues surrounding violent crime as well as the close-up problems that people face in daily life in the United States of America today.
Gun Mania delivers exactly what it promises: a brand new perspective that has been learned the hard way and one that will only be resolved when people take more notice of excellent and well-supported ideas like those in this book.”
December 15, 2019 D. Brownlee - Pennsylvania: This is a must-read for anyone interested in gun rights, either for or against. The book provides detailed data and descriptions of gun experience in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and provides an excellent analysis of the data and helpful suggestions for actions that can be taken to reduce gun violence while respecting gun rights.
November 30, 2019 William S. - Indiana: TERRIFIC READ !
November 25, 2019 Joy B. - Texas: We are exposed to shootings, homicides and suicides on a daily basis, through all types of media, and sometimes, sadly, through our own personal experiences. This book gives some unique perspectives to the ongoing debate on how to stop the madness. Gun Mania is relevant, thought provoking, and a MUST READ for everyone who cares about gun violence.
November 6, 2019 Diane D. - Midwest Book Review: Another big plus to this survey over other discussions of gun rights and issues lies in Thatcher's ability to gather statistics and present and discuss them in a reasoned manner to reach all readers, whether their opinions be pro-gun, anti-gun, or lie somewhere in the middle ... the kind of book that competitors may aspire to, but few achieve.
Gun Mania offers a reasoned analysis of guns in society which surveys their history, evolution, impact, and psychological influence. No collection strong in social issues in general, cultural cross-comparisons, or gun control politics should be without this well-reasoned study.
October 21, 2020 Warren B. - Florida: Good stuff. There are a lot of short-sightedness folks in this world. A saying that I have used in times like these:
"History is not there for you to like or dislike. It is there for you to learn from it. And if it offends you, even better. Because then you are less likely to repeat it. It's not yours to erase. It belongs to all of us."
October 21, 2020 Mary B. - Kansas: Your take is always interesting. On this one my reply is: Which is worse, tyranny from the majority? Or, tyranny from the minority?
October 19, 2020 David L. - Texas: Thank you … for another clarifying of our complex history (tyranny of the majority re electoral college).
October 16, 2020 Marianne G. - Texas: Thanks … I learned some new things about our constitution.
September 30, 2020 Pamela P. - Texas: Thank you for the (9/26) blog. You are spot on; my thoughts are the same.
September 28, 2020 Carole K. - Texas: Great (9/26) blog!!!
December 8, 2017 Larry C. - Texas: I have enjoyed other books written by Mr. Thatcher and, in my opinion, "Rise and Decline" is his best work.
August 21, 2017 Dave H. - Texas: MOST INTERESTING !!!!!!!!!!!! … Great read, great work, most thought provoking.
August 11, 2017 Jane M. - Texas: Loved the format and suggestions for reading. Since I'm not a history scholar, having the "big picture" helped a lot and can then use book as "reference" when want more details about specific era.
August 8, 2017 Dave B. - Pennsylvania: Rise and Decline is a great treatise on the history of the rise and decline of (six nations) and provides incisive explanation and analysis of the reasons for the rise and fall of each. Chapter 25 on "What Does It Mean for Us" is thought-provoking and well reasoned.
July 18, 2017 Jim B. - Texas: Wonderful!! Every congressman should read it. Passing it on
to my sons.
May 5, 2017 Ted W. - Iowa: I look forward to the receipt of Bruce's book. The subject is of great interest to me...
October 14, 2016 William S. - Indiana: An encyclopedic approach to one of the
world's major problems. Thatcher breaks the issues into components and
analyzes each in the context of a variety of national approaches tried with varying degrees of success in the past. (Other
offerings) usually contain some hidden agenda. Not so with (Immigration), a clinician's report, not a polemic endorsing of one or another
approach ... should be on the desks
of analysis and policy wonks around the globe, used as a reference and a guide to decision-making.
October 13, 2016 Norm B. - Florida: A must read for US voters and all public officials ... extensive insight
into immigration successes and potential shortcomings from mismanagement of policies.
July 23, 2016 Jim M. - Illinois: This book is a must-read. It provides excellent examples of
immigration policies from across the globe and over an extended time. Presentations are factual and well organized; each ends
with an analysis of the successes and short-comings of the process … not a casual read, but clearly written.
July 21, 2016 Dave B. - Pennsylvania: ... excellent history of immigration in several
countries ... provides a thorough analysis of the pluses and minuses of the immigration laws and policies of (those)
countries ... should be read by politicians and laymen alike ...
July 7, 2016 Pamela P. - Texas: As an immigrant and concerned citizen, I found "Immigration" to be a
serious thought provoking read, entirely relevant to the distressing issues we are faced with every day. I highly recommend
this scholarly written book to all concerned citizens.
July 7, 2016 Bill P. - Texas: This book hits the mark in identifying three guiding principles that have
repeatedly resulted in the success or failure of national immigration policies. We should heed the lessons derived from these
July 7, 2016 Larry C. - Texas: Thatcher has done an outstanding job presenting the results of his
research in a clear, objective way. I could not have chosen a better book to educate myself on an issue of vital importance
to our national interest.
July 6, 2016 Charles P. - Texas: Carefully researched, insightful and challenging, it lifted my
vision and understanding of the subject beyond limiting emotional response. Giving the sense of history is instructive
in not repeating past mistakes and gives hope.
July 6, 2016 Linda L. - Texas: Thatcher's informative and thought-provoking book was used in
an evening book study group. I recommend that all forward-thinking people read and discuss this book with everyone
July 5, 2016 Joe W. - Texas: Lives up to its title. Every attempt to deal with immigration
would benefit by considering all the attempts mentioned in this book.
July 5, 2016 Carolyn S. - Texas: Brilliantly captures history and gives us valuable ideas we
can use today! A must read for anyone wanting to know more about what got us where we are and next steps for
September 1, 2015 (radio talk show host) Bill
Martinez – California: absolutely fascinating, it will open your eyes
and your heart to some practical solutions... that you wish every one of our
legislators were certainly aware of...
July 23, 2015 (radio talk show host) Bill
Martinez – California: a breakthrough book... based on data and
research, empirical evidence... these are things that we need to learn from history...
October 3, 2013 Sudha B. - Florida: A very informative work which deals with the immigration policies
of several countries. I was particularly interested (that) the author does not consider Canada as a "success" story … in
my experience, as an immigrant to Canada 50 years ago, I could not agree more. The author frames the debate with great
May 31, 2013 Natasha J. – Readers' Favorite: These days it is nearly
impossible to talk about a controversial issue such as immigration without the conversation turning contentious. That is
exactly why (IMMIGRATION) is so refreshing. Instead of manipulating the facts to fit his narrative, Thatcher approaches
the problems of immigration from a historical perspective so that the reader can see the flaws that actually exist rather than
perceived flaws presented by those with an agenda. By laying out successful and unsuccessful immigration policies
around the globe, this historical approach allows readers to form their own conclusions.
March 14, 2013 Chuck T. – Texas: A great book … allows the reader to explore
and understand immigration from a "non-political" standpoint. The author uses examples of other countries’ successes and failures,
which gives the reader more knowledge to deal with the United States immigration problems and what the U.S. immigration policies
actually are. If anyone wants to be informed, they must read this book.
March 7, 2013 Jon K. – Texas: By using his research to show successful and not
so successful immigration policies of other countries, Mr. Thatcher provides … information for those of us who know our immigration
policies are broken … well written, fully documented and a necessary read to fully understand what the U.S. has to do to fix
our immigration problems.
March 6, 2013 David L. – Texas: Provides illuminating immigration case-studies
including our neighbor nations north and south … offers 463 exceptionally readable pages chock-full of pertinent information with
critical principles and historic results. I am very grateful for such an excellent orientation to our current, complex, and
March 4, 2013 Jan A. – Minnesota: Quite a read and quite revealing … By looking
at several examples of immigration laws and practices, the missteps become evident. As America and other countries struggle with
the latest waves of immigration, with varying success, it becomes clear that … failure to have a coherent policy … leads to chaos,
fear among some, and general divisiveness. Mr. Thatcher lays out a clear path for the peoples of any country to follow to create
order and positive growth. This book should be required reading for all politicians who would speak any words or put forth any
ideas about immigration.
February 25, 2013 Michelle J. – California: An analytical book that reflects
on the history of immigration laws and reform. It provides an interesting perspective on the evolution of immigration and how
the system has dealt with it over the years.
January 14, 2013 Katerie P. - ForeWord Reviews: ... an extremely interesting
and powerful work ... a surprisingly compelling read. Thatcher succeeds by providing facts in a logical prose. There's
no room for politics because every sentence is shaved to its factual core and often footnoted. Immigration would be a reasonable
guide for a senator on Capital Hill just as easily as it could become a well-thumbed reference for a political science student.
December 21, 2012 Diane D. - Midwest Book Review: By providing explicit historical
background and examples of where current policies bog down, Immigration ... provides keys to solid reform, making it a top
recommendation for any collection looking for a clear coverage of reform options. Thatcher's book ... goes far beyond your usual
history of immigration issues coverage and weaves a blueprint for action ...
February 12, 2020 Dennis L. - Indiana: Given the wild swings in our country you could bring historical perspective to lots of things... should be required reading right now.
October 4, 2016 Jan A. - Washington: In a meticulously researched fashion, the author has
examined how the relentless activities of these giants and monsters moved forward like an unstoppable juggernaut, he
has discovered a common pattern to humanity's failed reactions.
July 24, 2013 Lit A. - Readers' Favorite: A 'must-follow' guideline that can and should
be read by anyone; political intellectuals, policymakers, future scholars, and laymen. Adamant Aggressors is a very comprehensive
and thorough book in aggression analyses ... perhaps the most important material in terms of history and theory of political
science so far.
March 4, 2013 Jan T. - Minnesota: This book is thoroughly researched. It examines
individuals / countries that will not be deterred from their goal. An intriguing read for all who would be informed
and would apply critical thinking in the development of their world view.
August 26, 2012 William S - Indiana: An encyclopedic approach to one of the world’s major
problems. It should be on the desks of analysts and policy wonks around the globe and in the library of anyone serious
about today's geopolitical environment.
July 22, 2012 Marilyn H. - Kansas: Image-provoking analysis of determined historical
figures - Stalin's collectivist policies and Polk's
expansion to the Pacific Ocean (why are we still dealing with Mexican borders in 2012?). Global issues at hand resonate back
to Hitler's anti-Semitic murders of millions.
July 12, 2012 Jane F. - Texas: Well-written recap of 6 centuries of adamant
aggression. Very thorough analysis and historical
detail that should remind historians, politicians and students ... to watch for the signs and themes that allow us to predict and
prevent another adamant aggressor.
December 14, 2011 (radio talk show host) Michael David
McGuire – New York: I find your premise ... to be very well thought
out, very well articulated and really important ...
October 9, 2011 Diane D. - Midwest Book Review: Any history collection serious
about analyzing historical trends for modern applications should consider this a top pick, especially recommended for sparking classroom
discussion at the high school to college level.
August 19, 2011 David F. - Colorado: ... quite well done ... Mehmed II's conquest
of Constantinople ... set the format for the review of four other situations. One, Stalin, is recent enough that I was familiar
with some of the people involved ... The book provided an outlook for analysis of many national leaders.
July 7, 2010 Larry C. - Texas: one of the most rewarding aspects was learning
about periods and events I didn't know much about.
June 21, 2010 Bill S. - Illinois: Adamant Aggressors is big, impressive
and erudite. It is well done and worthy of some publisher's time.
April 7, 2010 Charlton P. - Washington: Adamant Aggressors is an awesome
achievement, fascinating for its content and ambition.
March 25, 2010 John M. - Texas: very impressed with the concept and
writing. Excellent for a college classroom as a secondary text. Could help students considering history
to say, "this is what I'll learn to do by studying history."
February 21, 2010 Antonia F. - Kansas: impressed with your grasp of
history and enthusiasm for analyzing aspects that can be relevant to our times.
October 17, 2020 John C. - Texas: Thank you Bruce Thatcher for making this important distinction regarding the First Amendment. So many argue against the sports figures 'kneeling' during the national anthem but perhaps the anger is misdirected. Thank you also for reminding us to fully protest any governmental entity violation of this Amendment.
October 15, 2020 Ed K. - Missouri: And we do NOT learn from history.... if we did we'd not keep on repeating our mistakes. You are doing a good work … keep at it … even if only a few get it that's a plus.
October 18, 2017 David L. - Texas: Thatcher makes history speak today with a clear and crisp “case study” approach paralleling and comparing different historic nation-states over time. His probing questions invite readers to “Make America think again!” by civilly engaging in conversations today for tomorrow's history.
December 23, 2011 Laura T. - Kansas: Glad you're doing this. Teachers and professors
indoctrinate students with their own views, often using books they've written, because once it's written in a required textbook it IS considered
history. Books with objective lessons will be equally credible and far more valid.
August 13, 2011 Gregory E. - New York: History provides many examples of leaders that
have applied its lessons to great advantage and, alas, far more examples of leaders who have ignored its lessons and failed. We're
seeing this today.
August 11, 2010 Janice W. - Missouri: The books of History Speaks Today will be a
collection to be handed down from generation to generation.
July 14, 2010 Noah S. - Kansas: It's about time! Proven lessons of history
should be required teaching, and policy makers should be tested for their understanding of them.