Synopses & Reviews
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
"A geographer by training, Winchester, the Asia-Pacific editor of Conde Nast Traveler magazine, decided that traveling from the end of the 3,965-mile Yangtze River toward the source would allow him to journey deep into the heart of China....An interesting, informative, well-written account..." Library Journal
"A journalist who has written extensively about Asia (Pacific Rising; The Sun Never Sets) and spent nine years in Hong Kong making frequent visits inland, Winchester is comfortable with the country's long, complex history and politics, and he writes about them with an easy grace that defies the usual picture of China as an enigma wrapped in a conundrum." Publishers Weekly
"[A] sometimes grumpy, always fact-filled book: the poor Chinese never seem to know or care that they're making a mess of things." The New York Times Book Review
"[A] compelling, erudite account....Winchester seemed destined to write this fluent chronicle, both satisfying and intriguing." Booklist
Includes bibliographical references (p. -400) and index.
About the Author
Simon Winchester is the author of The Map That Changed the World, The Professor and the Madman, and The Fracture Zone, among many other titles. He lives in Massachusetts and in the Western Isles of Scotland.