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Black Dragon River

Author : Dominic Ziegler
ISBN : 9780143109891
Genre : HISTORY
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Black Dragon River recounts a personal journey down one of Asia's great rivers. The world's ninth largest river, the Amur serves as a large part of the border between Russia and China. As a crossroads for the great empires of Asia, this area offers Economist journalist Dominic Ziegler a lens with which to examine the societies at Europe's only borderland with East Asia. Part travel writing, part history, it reveals how the long shared history on the Amur has conditioned the way China and Russia behave toward each other.

Black Dragon River

Author : Dominic Ziegler
ISBN : 9780698410169
Genre : History
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Black Dragon River is a personal journey down one of Asia’s great rivers that reveals the region’s essential history and culture. The world’s ninth largest river, the Amur serves as a large part of the border between Russia and China. As a crossroads for the great empires of Asia, this area offers journalist Dominic Ziegler a lens with which to examine the societies at Europe's only borderland with east Asia. He follows a journey from the river's top to bottom, and weaves the history, ecology and peoples to show a region obsessed with the past—and to show how this region holds a key to the complex and critical relationship between Russia and China today. One of Asia’s mightiest rivers, the Amur is also the most elusive. The terrain it crosses is legendarily difficult to traverse. Near the river’s source, Ziegler travels on horseback from the Mongolian steppe into the taiga, and later he is forced by the river’s impassability to take the Trans-Siberian Railway through the four-hundred-mile valley of water meadows inland. As he voyages deeper into the Amur wilderness, Ziegler also journeys into the history of the peoples and cultures the river’s path has transformed. The known history of the river begins with Genghis Khan and the rise of the Mongolian empire a millennium ago, and the story of the region has been one of aggression and conquest ever since. The modern history of the river is the story of Russia's push across the Eurasian landmass to China. For China, the Amur is a symbol of national humiliation and Western imperial land seizure; to Russia it is a symbol of national regeneration, its New World dreams and eastern prospects. The quest to take the Amur was to be Russia’s route to greatness, replacing an oppressive European identity with a vibrant one that faced the Pacific. Russia launched a grab in 1854 and took from China a chunk of territory equal in size nearly to France and Germany combined. Later, the region was the site for atrocities meted out on the Russian far east in the twentieth century during the Russian civil war and under Stalin. The long shared history on the Amur has conditioned the way China and Russia behave toward each other—and toward the outside world. To understand Putin’s imperial dreams, we must comprehend Russia’s relationship to its far east and how it still shapes the Russian mind. Not only is the Amur a key to Putinism, its history is also embedded in an ongoing clash of empires with the West.

Black Dragon River

Author : Ben Whately
ISBN : 9781411671461
Genre : Travel
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Although he had been advised by everyone to avoid the bleak north east of China, Ben Whately spent six months in Qiqihaer in the winter of 2004, one of only six native English speakers in this city of five million people. In telling the story of his growing understanding of the way of life and of the people here, the author introduces the reader to China today. Arriving in mid-winter, - 30 C, to find a grey, concrete city concealed beneath layers of ice, the author learnt to deal with and eventually to enjoy the frustrations and impossibilities of everyday life. He travelled widely to parts of the remote northern province of Heilongjiang, rarely visited by westerners. In relating his experiences in an often self-deprecating fashion, he displays a deep fondness for an extraordinary place. Full of amusing and illuminating stories and insights, this book offers an indispensable introduction to this fascinating country and its people.

Murder At Black Dragon River

Author : Bosley Wilder
ISBN : 9781412011808
Genre : Fiction
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When young teacher Shelby Johnson leaves Louisiana and crosses the Pacific to teach English at a university in northern China, she does not expect to find a corpse in her office. Who would murder Judith Treadway, respected and admired senior foreign expert? A disgruntled student? Japanese? Russians? a jealous lover? Linguistics Professor Stanley Poussaint, Shelby's colleague and friend, works with the local police Chief Ling Feng, to find the answer to this gruesome murder.

Black Dragon River

Author : Grace Luella Harmon McGary
ISBN : 0533058627
Genre : Fiction
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The Great Black Dragon Fire

Author : Harrison Evans Salisbury
ISBN : 0316809039
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Considering the global implications of the disaster, Salisbury describes the devastation and ecological and environmental consequences of the 1987 fire in Manchuria that destroyed an area the size of England

Death On Black Dragon River

Author : Christopher West
ISBN : 0425167836
Genre : Fiction
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A visit to his birthplace in the rural village of Nanping threatens to shatter the ideals of Beijing police detective Wang Anzhuang, when his investigation into the brutal murder uncovers links to China's tortured past, a past that has haunted the community for years. Original.

Dragon Of The Lost Sea

Author : Laurence Yep
ISBN : 9780064402279
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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The outlawed princess of the Dragon Clan and her young human companion undergo fearsome trials in their quest for an evil enchantress. ‘Dramatic tension stays high. Weaves Chinese legend into an exciting tapestry of myth and folklore.’ —BL. Notable Children's Books of 1982 (ALA) 100 Favorite Paperbacks of 1989 (IRA/CBC)

The Dragon Behind The Glass

Author : Emily Voigt
ISBN : 9781451678963
Genre : Nature
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A FINALIST FOR THE 2017 PEN/E. O. WILSON LITERARY SCIENCE WRITING AWARD LONGLISTED FOR THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE A LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST SCIENCE BOOK OF THE YEAR “[A] curiously edifying book.” —The New York Times Book Review “With the taut suspense of a spy novel, Voigt paints a vivid world of murder, black market deals, and habitat destruction surrounding a fish that's considered, ironically, to be a good-luck charm.” —Discover “[An] immensely satisfying story, full of surprises and suspense....Things get weird fast.” —The Wall Street Journal An intrepid journalist’s quest to find a wild Asian arowana—the world’s most expensive aquarium fish—takes her on a global tour in this “engaging tale of obsession and perseverance…and an enthralling look at the intersection of science, commercialism, and conservationism” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). A young man is murdered for his pet fish. An Asian tycoon buys a single specimen for $150,000. Meanwhile, a pet detective chases smugglers through the streets of New York. With “the taut suspense of a spy novel” (Discover) The Dragon Behind the Glass tells the story of a fish like none other. Treasured as a status symbol believed to bring good luck, the Asian arowana, or “dragon fish,” is a dramatic example of a modern paradox: the mass-produced endangered species. While hundreds of thousands are bred in captivity, the wild fish as become a near-mythical creature. From the South Bronx to Borneo and beyond, journalist Emily Voigt follows the trail of the arowana to learn its fate in nature. “A fresh, lively look at an obsessive desire to own a piece of the wild” (Kirkus Reviews), The Dragon Behind the Glass traces our fascination with aquarium fish back to the era of exploration when naturalists stood on the cutting edge of modern science. In an age when freshwater fish now comprise one of the most rapidly vanishing groups of animals, Voigt unearths a surprising truth behind the arowana’s rise to fame—one that calls into question how we protect the world’s rarest species. “Not since Candace Millard published The River of Doubt has the world of the Amazon, Borneo, Myanmar, and other exotic locations been so colorfully portrayed as it is now in Emily Voigt’s The Dragon Behind the Glass…a must-read” (Library Journal, starred review).

The Oath

Author : Frank E. Peretti
ISBN : 9781418509262
Genre : Fiction
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An ancient sin. A long forgotten oath. A town with a deadly secret. Something evil is at work in Hyde River, an isolated mining town in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Under the cover of darkness, a predator strikes without warningùtaking life in the most chilling and savage fashion. The community of Hyde River watches in terror as residents suddenly vanish. Yet, the more locals are pressed for information, the more they close ranks, sworn to secrecy by their forefathersÆ hidden sins. Only when Hyde RiverÆs secrets are exposed is the true extent of the danger fully revealed. What the town discovers is something far more deadly than anything theyÆd imagined. Something that doesnÆt just stalk its victims, but has the power to turn hearts black with decay as it slowly fills their souls with darkness.

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