Adamant Aggressors

Adamant Aggressors

by Bruce D. Thatcher

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ISBN-13: 9781462891931
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 06/25/2011
Pages: 354
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

George Santayana said "those who haven't learned from history are doomed to repeat it," but unlike the laws or rules of other social sciences, most formal education doesn't include anything resembling concise 'lessons of history.' So after retiring from 44 years in business, I decided to see if history could be formulated into explicit lessons for practical application in today's world. Adamant Aggressors is my first attempt. Seeing how well it demonstrates the concept encourages me to write more. (A book on immigration is in the works.)

Thatcher worked for General Electric and the Vendo companies in various marketing and management capacities before founding (with his wife and a friend) a telecommunications consulting firm. While there, he authored several telecommunications-related books and presented seminars on telecommunications in various cities. During his consulting career, Thatcher was a member of the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC), a Senior Member of the National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers (NARTE) and a member of AT&T's Consultants Council.

As adjunct professor, Thatcher taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Kansas City area institutions - William Jewell College, University of Missouri Kansas City and Avila University.

He has contributed to community service continuously, including service as President of a Chicago-area Board of Education, and a term on the national Board of Directors of Literacy Volunteers of America. He presently serves as a Stephen Minister and Stephen Leader at Peace Lutheran Church in New Braunfels, Texas.

Table of Contents

Preface13
Case 1—Mehmed II and the Ottoman Empire (1451-81) 
Chapter 1 Executive Summary19
Chapter 2 Mehmed II and the Conquest of Constantinople22
Chapter 3 Identification of Mehmed II as an Adamant Aggressor42
Chapter 4 Reactions to Ottoman Aggressions47
Chapter 5 Analysis and Discussion—Mehmed II52
Chapter 6 Illustrations and Additional Reading57
Case 2—James K. Polk and the USA (1845-49) 
Chapter 7 Executive Summary61
Chapter 8 James K. Polk and the Eleventh Presidency64
Chapter 9 Identification of Polk as an Adamant Aggressor85
Chapter 10 Reactions to Polk's Aggressions92
Chapter 11 Analysis and Discussion—Polk96
Chapter 12 Illustrations and Additional Reading102
Case 3—Adolph Hitler and Nazi Germany (1933-45) 
Chapter 13 Executive Summary107
Chapter 14 Hitler's Rise and Procession to War110
Chapter 15 Identification of Hitler as an Adamant Aggressor127
Chapter 16 Reactions to Hitler's Aggressions137
Chapter 17 Analysis and Discussion—Hitler153
Chapter 18 Illustrations and Additional Reading161
Case 4—Zionism, Chaim Weizmann, David Ben-Gurion, and Israel (1884-1953) 
Chapter 19 Executive Summary165
Chapter 20 Zionism, Weizmann, Ben-Gurion, and the Statehood of Israel168
Chapter 21 Identification of Zionism/Weizmann/Ben-Gurion as an Adamant Aggressor198
Chapter 22 Reactions to Zionist/Weizmann/Ben-Gurion's Aggressions208
Chapter 23 Analysis and Discussion—Zionism, Weizmann, Ben-Gurion223
Chapter 24 Illustrations and Additional Reading230
Case 5—Joseph Stalin and Communist USSR (1929-53, 1991) 
Chapter 25 Executive Summary235
Chapter 26 Stalin's Rise and Consolidation of Power238
Chapter 27 Stalin and the Cold War (1945-53)263
Chapter 28 The Cold War after Stalin (1953-91)282
Chapter 29 Identification of Stalin as an Adamant Aggressor303
Chapter 30 Reactions to Stalin's Aggressions and Conduct of the Cold War309
Chapter 31 Analysis and Discussion—Stalin323
Chapter 32 Illustrations and Additional Reading329
Conclusions and Current Applications 
Chapter 33 What Does It Mean for Us?335
Index347

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Adamant Aggressors: How to Recognize and Deal with Them 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Adamant Aggressors: How to Recognize and Deal with Them by Bruce D. Thatcher is the first book in the History Speaks Today series. It focuses on analyzing the adamant aggression of infamous historical figures and concludes invaluable lessons and discussion for influential policymakers in America today. Adamant Aggressors: How to Recognize and Deal with Them is 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. It is highly readable with Thatcher’s efficient and methodical approach on each adamant aggressor’s case, including Hitler and Stalin. The lessons may not be the silver bullets in terms of making the best choices right away, but as a whole, they are perfect boosts that we all need in terms of decision making. The only minor flaw is that the quality of several images included in this book, especially the maps, could be better. Nevertheless, this is perhaps the most important material in terms of history and theory of political science so far.  You can imagine if significant decision-makers take serious note of it and have the will to address their methods, based on what they learn from Thatcher’s work, the world might be in a better shape in the near future. In Thatcher own words, “It’s time we put these lessons of history to practical use, bettering the world we live in and our position in it.”
JBFreestone More than 1 year ago
Well-written recap of 6 centuries of Adamant Aggression - very thorough analysis and historical detail that should remind historians, politicians, and students of any century to watch for the signs and themes that allow us to predict and prevent another adamant aggressor. The size and quality of some of the maps could be improved.