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The River at the Center of the World

A Journey Up the Yangtze, and Back in Chinese Time

Simon Winchester

Henry Holt and Co.

Rising in the mountains of the Tibetan border, the Yangtze River, the symbolic heart of China pierces 3,900 miles of rugged country before debouching into the oily swells of the East China Sea. Connecting China's heartland cities with the volatile coastal giant, Shanghai, it has also historically connected China to the outside world through its nearly one thousand miles of navigable waters. To travel those waters is to travel back in history, to sense the soul of China, and Simon Winchester takes us along with him as he encounters the essence of China--its history and politics, its geography and climate as well as engage in its culture, and its people in remote and almost inaccessible places. This is travel writing at its best: lively, informative, and thoroughly enchanting.

A stunning tour of China, its people, and its history. Chosen as one of the best travel books of 1996 by the New York Times Book Review.

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"Winchester is a storyteller . . . romantic enough to make us yearn to be there with him. "-The Washington Post

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Simon Winchester

  • Perhaps no writer and subject were ever better matched than Simon Winchester and the Yangtze. A resident of Hong Kong for nearly a decade, the author of well-received books on the Pacific Rim countries, and the Asia-Pacific editor for Conde Nast Traveler, Winchester is also a geologist by training, and this brings an added dimension to his descriptions, enabling him to depict the forces of nature that have shaped this powerful river and that, indeed, have shaped the very nature of China itself. Born and educated in England, Winchester has lived in Africa, India, and Asia, and now makes his home in New York. Among his books are The Professor and the Madman, The Map That Changed the World, and Krakatoa.
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The River at the Center of the World

A Journey Up the Yangtze, and Back in Chinese Time

Simon Winchester

ALA Notable Books - Winner, Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize - Nominee
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Henry Holt and Co.

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