My name is James Nelson. I began studying Russian in 1960 as a military linguist and have never stopped. I have about six years' residence in Russia and the former Soviet Union in various capacities. I have a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures and taught Russian for many years in both civilian and military programs. In 1994-95 I interpreted at seminars at the George C. Marshall Center in Garmisch, Germany as well as in other assignments. Since 2000 I have concentrated on translating books, fiction and non-fiction, from Russian into English, including a four-book historical novel about Genghis Khan. I have also done commercial translations.