The River At The Center Of The World

by Simon Winchester

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | February 25, 2015 | Trade Paperback

The River At The Center Of The World is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.

Rising from the mountains of the Tibetan border, the river that is the symbolic heart of China courses through 3,900 miles of rugged country before emerging into the oily swells of the East China Sea. Connecting China's heartland cities with the volatile coastal giant, Shanghai, the Yangtze has throughout history also linked China to the outside world through its nearly 1,000 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 with him as he encounters the essence of the nation-its history and politics, its geography and climate.

He engages with the country's culture and its people in remote and almost inaccessible places. Winchester recalls his passionate exploration of the countryside- employing nearly every mode of transportation, including boat, train, jeep and shoe leather-while providing important and engaging historical information. This is travel writing at its best: lively, informative and thoroughly enchanting.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8.13 × 5.5 × 1.07 in

Published: February 25, 2015

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554684811

ISBN - 13: 9781554684816

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Excellent Book! I had never read anything by Simon Winchester before but he had been recomended to me by a friend so when I saw this book on sale in the bookstore I picked it up. I'm really glad I did, it was an excellent read about a truly fascinating part of the world. I will now have to check out Mr. Winchester's other books as well now.
Date published: 2011-04-16

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The River At The Center Of The World

The River At The Center Of The World

by Simon Winchester

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8.13 × 5.5 × 1.07 in

Published: February 25, 2015

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554684811

ISBN - 13: 9781554684816

From the Publisher

Rising from the mountains of the Tibetan border, the river that is the symbolic heart of China courses through 3,900 miles of rugged country before emerging into the oily swells of the East China Sea. Connecting China's heartland cities with the volatile coastal giant, Shanghai, the Yangtze has throughout history also linked China to the outside world through its nearly 1,000 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 with him as he encounters the essence of the nation-its history and politics, its geography and climate.

He engages with the country's culture and its people in remote and almost inaccessible places. Winchester recalls his passionate exploration of the countryside- employing nearly every mode of transportation, including boat, train, jeep and shoe leather-while providing important and engaging historical information. This is travel writing at its best: lively, informative and thoroughly enchanting.

About the Author

Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, includingThe Professor and the Madman,The Man Who Loved China,A Crack in the Edge of the World, andKrakatoa. Those books wereNew York Timesbestsellers and appeared on numerous best and notable lists. In 2006, Mr. Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by her Majesty the Queen. He lives in Manhattan and in western Massachusetts.

Editorial Reviews

?Winchester is a storyteller. . . . Romantic enough to make us yearn to be there with him.?