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Rise and Decline: Where We Are and What We Can Do About It by Bruce D. Thatcher is 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. Drawing relevant examples from history, including the rise and fall of Athens, the French Third Republic, the United Kingdom, the Roman Empire, and more, 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.
In this book, the author systematically shows readers how the US has departed from its fundamental values, those values that have made her prosper and gain respect from the entire world. Underlining liberty as one of the fundamental values on which the nation was built, and one that is prominently enshrined in the constitution, Bruce D. Thatcher shows how governments have trampled on this value and the nefarious consequences. He then proposes a path to returning to where the nation once was, and it isn’t an easy one. The prose is beautiful and it features wonderful, insightful arguments, realistic observations, and historical references that leave readers in no doubt that the author knows what he is talking about and that his research has been thorough. Rise and Decline: Where We Are and What We Can Do About It should be the handbook of every responsible American citizen, policy makers, and those who wield political power. The book is as prophetic as it is relevant.