Political

James Donaldson’s Book Review – No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, The NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald

This was a fascinating look into the world of national surveillance programs, most pointedly at the NSA, in which Edward Snowden played a huge part in exposing for the American population in the world to see. No matter what your political affiliations, or what you feel about Edward Snowden (American traitor vs American hero), this […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – The Forever War by Dexter Filkins

The Forever War allows us a visceral understanding of today’s battlefields and of the experiences of the people on the ground, warriors and innocents alike. It is a brilliant, fearless work, not just about America’s wars after 9/11, but ultimately about the nature of war itself. This was a fascinating book that took you read into […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – The Gunman and His Mother by Steven Beschloss

The Gunman and His Mother depicts the troubled bond between a mother and her son, revealing in detail a relationship that has deserved focused treatment for a half century but has yet to receive it: How an innocent young boy evolved into a killer despite the watching eyes of his mother, his family, and his friends. […]

James Donaldson Book: Black Death: The History and Legacy of the Middle Ages Deadliest Plague by Charles River Editors

It is estimated that approximately 50% of the population in Europe died during the black plague.  The Black Plague ravaged Europe for about four years, and during that time, approximately 70% of the Mediterranean countries populations died, and about 25% of the northern European countries died. The Late Middle Ages had seen a rise in […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – Son by Jack Olsen

This is one of the most fascinating and intriguing books that I’ve ever read! I actually listen to it, in audiobook format, and it was about 21 hours long, but it was so jampacked with intriguing, riveting narration about the characters involved with the South Hill Rapist case that captivated the city of Spokane Washington […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – Why Tolerate Religion? By Brian Leiter

For once in my many years of doing book reviews, I have to admit that “I didn’t get this book” and the overall meaning it was attempting to convey to me. It seemed to ramble on and on, about a lot of vague notions, and in reading the publisher’s summary, I can see that the […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World by Brad Stone

Ten years ago the idea of getting into a stranger’s car or walking into a stranger’s home would have seemed bizarre and dangerous, but today it’s as common as ordering a book online. Uber and Airbnb have ushered in a new era: redefining neighborhoods, challenging the way governments regulate business, and changing the way we […]