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#JamesDonaldson’sBookReview – That’s Not In My #American #History Book by Thomas Ayres

I love these “correctional” books on history. So much of what we learned, is “folklore” that just happens to continue on throughout the generations. Of course, a lot of our early history, wasn’t chronicled or written down as much as it is now, so it was a matter of passing information along through “storytelling” and […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – History of The Donner Party (A Tragedy in the Sierras) by C.F. McGlashan

Wow!!! This was a fascinating account of the Donner Party as they risked life and limb to cross over the Sierra Nevada mountains into the “land of opportunity”, California. Growing up in Sacramento California, all of us kids from kindergarten on, learned about the Donner Party, and the part that caused a lot of our […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – That’s Not in My American History Book by Thomas Ayres

I’m sure most of you know by now, that I am quite a “history buff” and love studying about history from all over the world. This book that I am reviewing the day, entitled “That’s Not in My American History Book” is a very good look at some of the historical folklore that we’ve been […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – Lost Civilizations: 10 Societies That Vanished without a Trace by Michael Rank

Lost Civilizations, was a nice book about ancient civilizations that have come and gone, many without hardly a trace, and some with engineering marvels that continue to amaze to this day. We’ve all heard of the lost city of Atlantis, the ancient Mayan civilization, the Egyptians who built the pyramids, and many others, all of […]

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 – Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

I found this book, Sapiens to be truly fascinating, full of introspective thinking that caused me to think a lot about the origins of the human species, Homo sapiens. The book points out over history, that at least six human species inhabited the earth, and then goes about to try to explain how we, Homo […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – Natural Selections: Selfish Altruists, Honest Liars, and Other Realities of Evolution by David P. Barash

I thought this book was a humorous look at human behavior, evolution, the roles that genes play in our everyday activities. It was a “light enough” book, where I didn’t have to look up every other scientific words to try to understand what the meaning was. But, at the same time, and had good substance […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – The Meaning of Human Existence by Edward O. Wilson

Edward O Wilson, author of this fantastic book, really takes us on a journey of the history of mankind, but goes even further, to search for “The Meaning of Human Existence”. He’s got a great delivery style, which makes studying science and history, not overly technical, but actually enjoyable, has he can “paint a picture” […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – Diagnosing Giants: Solving the Medical Mysteries of Thirteen Patients Who Changed the World by Philip A. Mackowiak

This was a very interesting book to read and to learn about some of the great figures of history, and how they died, and how history might have been different if they had managed to live a little bit longer. Author, Dr. Mackowiak, research is the circumstances that surrounded the deaths of 13 historical figures, […]

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