1988; G.P. Putnam's Sons publishers, New York; hardbound in lion color and black boards with gilt lettering along spine; quite good condition of book with unmarked pages, appears unread; dust jacket has a few small tears that have been repaired.
Riding the Iron Rooster (1988) is a travel book by Paul Theroux primarily about his travels through China in the 1980s. One of his aims is to disprove the Chinese maxim, "you can always fool a foreigner". It won the 1989 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award.
Theroux travelled through China for a year, ending his journey in Tibet after visiting Mongolia, Xinjiang and Manchuria. He was accompanied by a bureaucrat who acted as a chaperone.