Tag Archive | International

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 – The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance by Laurie Garrett

This book started out with a “bang”, but soon got bogged down to a lot of ongoing, dreary, and frankly, not important or interesting information about the scientific work being done to prevent the variety of viruses, bacteria’s, illnesses that have been plaguing humanity from the beginning the time. A little overly “scientific”, and even […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – China’s Century: The Awakening of the Next Economic Powerhouse by Lawrence Brahm

Yet another in a great lineup of books about the upcoming economic superpower, China. This book is a good insight to the Cultural Revolution China went through 40 years ago, and the mix of planned centrally controlled government and capitalism. China, even though it is fried with issues and challenges, seems poised and positioned to […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall – From America’s Brightest Prodigy to The Edge of Madness by Frank Brady

Bobby Fischer was one of the world’s greatest chess players of all time.  He met with royalty, and was at the top of his game when things starting unraveling in a maddening way that left all of us bewildered. This is a very powerful portrayal of a genius who seemingly turned into a madman.  Wow! […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – The Ayatollah’s Beg to Differ: The Paradox of Modern-Day Iran by Hooman Majd

http://www.audible.com/pd/Nonfiction/The-Ayatollah-Begs-to-Differ-Audiobook/B002V8H8VI I read this book with a great deal of interest and fascination into the world of the Ayatollah’s/Islam/Modern Day Iran.  With Iran being in the headlines on a more frequent and regular basis (At least since the days of the captive hostages during Pres. Carter’s administration), mainly because of the “attempts to rein in […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – Lost On Planet China by J. Maarten Troost

http://www.audible.com/pd/Travel-Adventure/Lost-on-Planet-China-Audiobook/B002V9Z710 This was absolutely one of the best books I’ve read on China because it really gave an accurate and humorous overview from the author’s perspective. I’ve been traveling in and out of China several times over the last couple of years, and the author is right on with a slight exaggeration or two here […]

Interesting Observances While Hosting a Student Group from China This Week in Seattle

As many of you know who follow my blog, I spend a great amount of time in China working with educational study abroad opportunities for the Chinese youth. Periodically, especially during the summer, there are groups of Chinese youth that I work with who come to the United States for the summer “Short-term” programs that […]