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Meet our Authors: Ron D. Petitte – August 2017

Ron D. Petitte serves as Dean of the Honors Institute at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, USA, which includes the Center for Leadership & Justice and the Center for Undergraduate Research. Ron is also a tenured, full professor of Politics and Government, at Bryan College. A retired U.S. Army Colonel and graduate of the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), he served as a technical advisor for 20th Century Fox on the Academy Award-winning film, Patton.

He took his Master’s and doctorate at Central Michigan and Golden Gate Universities, USA, respectively. Ron is a recipient of the George Washington Honor Medal, awarded by Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

Selected as Teacher of the Year by Bryan College and recognised with dual awards for his teaching abilities by the American Political Science Association and the National Political Science Honor Society, Dr Petitte was recently chosen as Scholar of the Year by Bryan College, for Civilization at Risk: Seeds of Strife. His doctoral dissertation, One Hundred Years of Leadership in Administration, was selected for inclusion in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, as well as the George C. Marshall Research Library.

Ron published Civilization at Risk: Seeds of Strife, his first book with Cambridge Scholars, in 2013, and which was described as “a profound wake-up call to the horrible worldwide reality of human trafficking, particularly as it affects women and girls” by Judge Bruce J. Einhorn, Professor of Law at Pepperdine University, USA. The follow-up, Civilization at Risk: Seeds of War, was published in 2016, and is a “must-read” according to a retired Detective Inspector at New Scotland Yard’s Human Trafficking Team.


Ron explains his reasons for publishing with Cambridge Scholars:

It is an honour to share with fellow authors why I consider Cambridge Scholars Publishing the premier academic publishing house in the world, today. Cambridge Scholars is willing to take risks in giving first time authors an opportunity to publish; moreover, they are willing to extend such risks to subject matter. A case in point, if I may. Other than a myriad of conference papers, to include three sessions of the Oxford Round Table, and a few essays, I had yet to write a book. I had been writing and speaking in the area of countering human trafficking, a cause I feel passionate about, but one which was not in the mainstream of academic inquiry, let alone scholarly research. Nevertheless, I proposed to develop a manuscript on this very subject.

My proposal was met with open-minded interest; and, encouragement was forthcoming from the initial series of conversations. Civilization at Risk: Seeds of Strife was published in 2013, and Civilization at Risk: Seeds of War followed in 2016. But, after much soul searching, I made the decision not to continue to write on this subject and informed Cambridge Scholars, accordingly. I was virtually certain this was the end of my relationship with Cambridge Scholars; but, not only was I invited to continue to write for them, the ideas I shared for two more books were welcomed, even though I allowed that I would not be able to begin such work until next year. Their response could not have been more supportive. When one is published by Cambridge Scholars, it is akin to coming into a family. Cambridge Scholars has a vision for scholarly research that reaches around the world. I am honoured to be part of this global vision.


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Civilization at Risk: Seeds of War. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAAUG17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th September 2017.


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