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Best Book 2009 (The Economist)
Best Book for Business Owners (Inc.)
Great Finance Book of 2009 (Forbes)
Best of 2009 Business Book (Library Journal)
"Midler has upended a lot of the assumptions about this factory for the world." (Forbes)
“A must-read for people engaged in mainland business.” (South China Morning Post)
“Important, timely and entertaining.” (Taipei Times)
“Most of the people in Mr. Midler’s position would not dream of disclosing what they see.” (The Economist)
“Manages to be both instructive and entertaining.” (National Review)
“A fascinating, funny and important book.” (Asia Times)
“An invaluable book for anyone considering doing business in China.” (Epoch Times)
“A lively dissection of the cultural clash.” (Malaysia’s The Star)
“You won’t look at the label ‘Made in China’ the same way.” (Toronto Now)
“His warning is worth heeding – is China listening?” (Business Times)
"Plenty of laugh-out-loud moments." (Financial Times)
“Strongly recommended.” (Bangkok Post)
At the height of the boom export manufacturing, Paul Midler returned to East Asia, a recently graduated Wharton MBA. In the right place at the right time, he was sought out by a number of foreign companies who wanted help in navigating the new economy. The adventures came fast, as did the business and cultural lessons.
Poorly Made in China is a dramatic romp through China's export manufacturing sector, one that reveals what really goes on behind the scenes. The story follows the author from one project to the next, taking the reader through a diverse set of industries and revealing a number of challenges.
An engaging business narrative told with doses of humor and insight, this true story pulls back the curtain on the rising Chinese economy, providing a closer look at the rough-and-tumble environment in which so many of our consumer products are being made. For those trying to make sense of why so many quality failures could come out of China at once, this book is an especially interesting read.
Poorly Made in China is the tale of a modern-day gold rush and its consequences, the chronicling of a rising economic power and its path along a steep growth curve. Entertaining and eye-opening, the book highlights the extent to which culture affects business dealings, and the ultimate suggestion is that we may have more to be concerned about than product failures alone."
Well written book that explains the (grimy) undercurrents of the China's small and medium business. The cost pressures exerted by n-layered sourcing models that promises "Cheap and... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Vijay
This book not only verified my suspicions about China, but open my eyes as to how BAD it REALLY IS! I used to think that many of those guys might play games like that, but... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Roberts Grip
I've been working and living in China and Taiwan for the past 24 years. Paul has nailed it with his book. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Glenn Leibowitz
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author describes in detail what it is like to work with the Chinese. It was a real eye-opener.Published 1 month ago by Henk Geurts
A realistic and authentic look at the way China does business - I have been importing directly for 22 years and everything he writes I have experienced over the years. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paige Reed
This should be prerequisite reading for anyone interacting directly with Chinese manufacturers. I've had to learn the hard way many of the lessons presented in this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Erik Larson