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The Bookshelf: Dec. 30, 2015

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights Black Dragon River.

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BLACK DRAGON RIVER: A Journey Down the Amur River at the Borderlands of Empires

by Dominic Ziegler

A journalist’s account of his travels along the Amur, a spectacular but largely uncelebrated river on the border between Russia and China. The Amur is the ninth largest river in the world. Yet for Economist Asia editor Ziegler, it remained “the longest river [he] had never heard of.” … In this book, Ziegler chronicles his travels along the length of the Amur from its Mongolian source, the Onon River, to its endpoint 2,826 miles west in the Strait of Tartary. His journey, which he made by horse, Jeep, and train, took him through difficult yet unforgettable landscapes and brought him into contact with a host of intriguing individuals.

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