James Zimmerman, a partner in the Beijing office of international law firm Perkins Coie LLP, is regarded as one of Asia’s top business lawyers. In April, Public Affairs, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group, published his first non-legal book, The Peking Express: The Bandits Who Stole A Train, Stunned the West, and Broke the Republic of China. In it, Zimmerman recounts a 1923 hostage crisis in which dozens of Chinese and Western travelers were kidnapped in a daring raid on China’s most luxurious train line and held captive by a bandit army in rural Shandong province. The Lincheng Incident, as it was called, dragged on for over a month, sparking an international crisis. Eventually, Zimmerman argues, the incident led to the downfall of China’s young Republican government and laid the ground for the Chinese Communist Party’s rise. Outside of writing, Zimmerman represents high-profile legal cases in China, primarily for the foreign traditional and social media. James Zimmerman.Subscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.