The River At The Center Of The World

Paperback | February 25, 2015

bySimon Winchester

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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.

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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 wa...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.13 × 5.5 × 1.07 inPublished:February 25, 2015Publisher:HarperCollins Publishers LtdLanguage:English

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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