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 Ecomist 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.
Dominic Ziegler isThe Economist's Asia editor. He was the founding author of Banyan, The Economist s weekly column on Asian affairs. He has previously served as the magazine s Tokyo bureau chief and as its Greater China correspondent. In that role, he openedThe Economist s first mainland bureau in Beijing in 1994. He has been with the magazine since 1986.