Rise and Decline:  Where We Are and What We Can Do About It

Founding principles drive rise … their rejection means decline.

As acceptance of its raison d’être diminishes among its citizens, a nation declines and dies.  Citizens can extend their nation’s life by consistently honoring founding principles.

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Reviews of Rise and Decline

“… a timely book that explores the political crisis in the US.  As the saying goes, “What goes up must come down,” so every nation that rises must eventually fall, and the United States of America is no exception.  One could have thought such a statement would be fallacious or a sophism, but then the author stuns readers with facts and lessons from history … the author shows how America is witnessing a steady decline, and explains how what many think are the obvious causes of the decline are merely symptoms of a deeper problem that is hardly considered.  Here is a book that succinctly and brilliantly showcases lessons from history and offers a path that America must walk to retain her place in the world’s political arena ... The prose is beautiful and it features wonderful, insightful arguments, realistic observations, and historical references ... should be the handbook of every responsible American …”
Arya Fomonyuy, Readers' Favorite   Complete Review


“… not just another historical review of events, but a very pointed, detailed examination of the underlying principles governing nations and affecting their progress … a 'must' for any who would consider the foundations of nations, how they are strengthened and how and why they crumble, and how these relate to social and political policymaking at all levels.”
Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review   Complete Review


”… Thatcher’s clean and simple writing style can be consumed by anyone … Rise and Decline is not the occult or opaque history produced by the modern academy … Rather, (it) examines six different societies in order to chart the rise, apex, and eventual fall of history’s greatest civilizations … has both the approach and the consistency of a college-level textbook … stands to serve either as assigned reading or as a staple of the book club circuit … Rise and Decline would be an excellent addition to the library of any historian, whether amateur or professional.  Any American worried about the state of the nation should snap this book up immediately, for Thatcher warns that sociopolitical apathy, political street violence, and the misuse and abuse of individual rights are capable of bringing down America.  We have been warned.”
Benjamin Welton, Foreword Clarion Review    Complete Review