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No Problem, Mr. Walt by Walt Hackman

Front cover image of No Problem, Mr. Walt by Walt Hackman. Reviewed by On My Kindle Book Reviews.

Source: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Non-Fiction, Travel, Memoir
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: February 23, 2016


I learned about No Problem, Mr. Walt a couple of months ago, and I have been looking forward to reading this book since. The book was everything that I hoped it would be and more, but I am getting ahead of myself...

In case you do not know what the book is about, here is the back cover blurb:
No Problem, Mr. Walt is a poignant travel memoir written by father, businessman and easy-going voyager, Walt Hackman, about his travels throughout China during his extraordinary quest to build an authentic wooden Chinese Junk boat.

Walt’s memoir is an account of personal tragedy and tenacious triumph. It’s about the adventures and experiences of making unlikely friends despite significant language barriers; achieving an improbable dream against all odds; and the culmination of the “first step of a thousand miles” that changed his life forever.

Filled with humor, drama, mystery, intrigue and suspense juxta-positioned with Chinese anecdotes, poetry and recipes, No Problem, Mr. Walt is an absorbing account of how, despite unimaginable heartbreak, Walt’s extraordinary journey to build a wooden boat ultimately began the rebuilding his life.
Cover image of print version of No Problem, Mr. Walt by Walt Hackman. Reviewed by On My Kindle Book Reviews.
Reprinted with permission of Walt Hackman


I was amazed by this book! I did not summarize the book in my own words because the summary says it all, and it says it better than I could. It is rare for me to find it difficult to write a review for a book because I could talk for days about it, and my words could not adequately express my amazement; this is one of those occasions.

Each chapter is prefaced by a short history lesson about Chinese politics, culture, religion, or society. If you pay attention to these lessons, you will find that they are relevant to Hackman's current situation, and you will gain a deeper understanding of the places he discusses and the challenges he faced.

Hackman uses a combination of narrative, expository, and descriptive writing that invites the reader to join him on his amazing adventure. Readers will find themselves immersed as Hackman guides them along busy city streets, into shops and restaurants, through the countryside to explore remnants of a rich and ancient culture, and discusses the trials and triumphs he experienced while building his Chinese junk.

For those planning on visiting China, Hackman provides valuable advice to Western tourists by admitting some of his own mistakes in humorous asides. He also recommends different foods, teas, places to visit, and recipes to try for those who wish to have a well-rounded experience. 

If you have any interest in Chinese history, culture, or society; you really do not want to pass up the opportunity to read No Problem, Mr. Walt! It will exceed your expectations, and you will find yourself immersed from the moment you begin to read it.

About Walt Hackman

Image of Walt Hackman. "Walt in China" Reprinted with permission.
"Walt in China," reprinted with permission of Walt Hackman

We have developed a fine website. It is a place where you can sign up for our mailing list, learn a little about me (the guy at the helm during sea trials), the book, and the Mei Wen Ti.

There is a spot where you can listen to me read a portion of a chapter (that shows that the book isn’t just about building a boat). There is a photo gallery that contains some great pictures, a media room, and a means of contacting me.

Finally, there is a blog that I just started writing where you can learn why the Chinese painted a large colorful tiger on the bow of the junk (see picture below), and other matters that relate to the book.

"Tiger on bow of junk." On My Kindle reprinted with permission from Walt Hackman
"Tiger on bow of junk."
Reprinted with permission of Walt Hackman.

You can also find Walt Hackman on Facebook, and add No Problem, Mr. Walt to your "Want to Read" list on Goodreads.

Mr. Hackman tells me that the print version was launched on June 6th, and the Mei Wen Ti made an appearance at the launch. Here is a beautiful photograph of junk as it is coming into the harbor:

Mei Wen Ti, Newport Harbor.
Reprinted with permission of Walt Hackman.

I am grateful to Mr. Hackman for providing this fantastic photo to share with you, and he has promised to send me the print version of his book. I am very excited and honored by this!

To purchase the book, you can find it on Amazon.


A note about the images in this review:
The images in this blog are provided by Walter Hackman. Please contact Mr. Hackman if you wish to post them on your website.