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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sudamericana (November 29, 2005)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0307347990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307347992
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dense, with lots of references, yet written with a good sense of humor.
Argie Blue
I stongly recomend it to those interested to understand current macro trends in Latin America in a global context.
Boris Augusto Mendez Paiz
Olvidemonos de los rencores del pasado, que solo sirven a los politicos para ganar votos populistas!
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By P. Ramos on June 19, 2006
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Permítame que respetuosamente discrepe de algunas de sus aseveraciones en su crítica a "Cuentos Chinos" de Andrés Oppenheimer. Pienso que este libro promueve EXACTAMENTE el mensaje que America Latina debe leer y asimilar, so pena de quedarse inevitablemente en el oscurantismo economico en pleno siglo XXI. Es verdad que, como usted dice, este no es un texto tecnico o riguroso desde el punto de vista macroeconomico. Dudo que esa haya sido la intencion de Oppenheimer, quien es un periodista y relator, mas que un tecnologo de ciencias economicas. Su prosa amena y anecdotica tiene como finalidad llegarle al comun de los lectores interesados, no aisladamente al aparatchnik academico.

Oppenheimer SI menciona, en varias ocasiones, que la apertura total no es necesariamente la receta ideal. De hecho, en su demostracion de el exito alcanzado por China hace manifiesto el hecho que esta economia ha tenido exito abriendose poco a poco, y sin abandonar el ferreo control estatal en las areas que le interesan.

Tambien menciona instancias en que paises han tenido exito al abrir sus economias, dandole la espalda a recomendaciones del FMI o el World Bank. (al no tener el libro a la mano, lamento no poder dar citas especificas, ni dar paginas).

El mensaje mas importante que el libro da, y que es necesario que los latinoamericanos captemos, es que las vias populistas, izquierdosas y paternalistas representan una vision retrograda (CEPALista) de la cual nuestros paises no han podido zafarse, y que, al igual que un ladrillo encadenado al cuello, representan un lastre que impide el surgimiento de nuestras economias en el ambito de las naciones.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Bernardo Benes on December 1, 2005
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I just finished Cuentos Chinos. A a veteran Latin Americanits going back to the beginning of the 60's I find that Latin America has stayed behind of other regions of the World- Europe and Asia. Poverty has kept at an intolerable rate of 42%. The massive fleeing of capital- $ 400,000 Million- most of the time hidden- shows total lack of confidence by their own business community. The worst part is the need for a major investment for education. Oppenheiomer leaves the door open for some poor countries to copy China, Ireland, Singapure and Botswana who made it very fast through education.Oppenheimer has done a very serious research with his traveling and interviews.he has shown courage when discussing crime rates in different areas. Mor policeman killed last year in the City of Rio de Janeiro than in all U.S.. Most of his findings are on the dot. Dr. Bernardo Benes- SURFISDE, FL.- 305-785-7028
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By F. Bianchi on February 20, 2006
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Cuentos Chinos" is a great read, and makes an extraordinary contribution to current writings on Latin America. While most other authors compare Latin America's present to its past, Andres Oppenheimer compares its current situation with that of China, India, Eastern Europe and Ireland. Throughout the book, Oppenheimer tries to answer a key question: Why are countries like China and India succeeding in reducing poverty, and Latin America not? To find out, he takes us to China, and tells us through interviews with government officials, business people and academics, how China is ironically much more "capitalist" than Latin America. Among many examples, the author points out that while China is teaching compulsory English to all schoolchildren starting at 3rd grade, countries such as Mexico and Argentina are teaching English starting at 7th grade, two hours a week. "Cuentos Chinos" makes a compelling case that Latin American countries must become more competitive in the global economy, or they will fall farther behind.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Avantel on April 14, 2006
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Yeah, this is a very good book and I agree with the past reviews. I am from Mexico so I have some idea about what Andres O. (AO) wrote on Mexico and his mistakes and good points could be extended to his whole book somehow.

AO didn't write about the biggest white-collar fraud in Mexico in the last decade: the FOBAPROA. Most of the Mexican media have remained quite silent about this fraud and most of the population is totally ignorant about this problem, even those who read the news. I am not well informed either, but let me summarize it: Mexico had serious crisis in 1995 and many banks were about to go bankrupt, thus the government has been giving them money until now. The problem is that many banks got in trouble because of their own corrupt practices, sort of Enron type. Today the Mexican banks are booming and have the best of two worlds: the independence of private companies, and the fat money from governments. "Our" banks barely, if ever, loan money to people to start business, their customer service is terrible (it's normal to wait at least half an hour in queues) and they charge commissions for every single things you do with them. They are worse parasites of society than people on welfare; at least this is how many Conservatives regard poor people who happen to need government help.

Second, AO only criticized the public universities, which is a very popular practice in here. But he left alone the private ones whom I know by personal experiences that are plain terrible. Their basic flaw in these schools at all levels is that they do pay too much attention to consumer service -unlike the banks- in the sense that it's students who rule in those schools.
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