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The River at the Center of the World
by Simon Winchester
- 410 PAGES
In this wide-ranging journalistic overview of the Yangtze (it's a great river of a book itself) veteran journalist Winchester travels upstream into the heartland of China. He and his guide log 4,000 miles over many months, interviewing peasants and politicians throughout the region. It's a remarkable, wonderfully written portrait -- an excellent introduction to the great river that is at the symbolic and literal heart of China. Long-based in Hong Kong and a frequent commentator on things Asian, Winchester writes about the character of the river itself, and the people and places along its banks, with ease and grace. First published in 1996.