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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."
The book was written in a manner which was informative and fun to read.
Midler is an insider--a businessman who spent many years in China as a middleman between U.S. distributors and Chinese manufacturers, and his book is a revelation.
While reading this book, I thought to myself over and over - "How True!".
Very straightforward account of business challenges with China manufacturers. I am pleasantly surprised how candid the stories are throughout the book.Published 1 day ago by A. Diccion
ridiculously insightful. everyone i have spoken to who has done business in china agrees with the stories presented in this book. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Allison Chait
What I love the most about this book is the fact that it confirms all out stenotype about China, and it took the time to give us an idea of why Chinese people is so interested in... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Ginger
A must for anyone working in China. Things change quickly, but I found a lot of the author's experience was relevant in my work. Plus, it is an easy and entertaining read.Published 16 days ago by David Daly
It is a great book, a real eye opener. And it is well written, sometimes I felt I am watching a movie. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Peter Bachmann
For anyone's that ever been frustrated with products made in China, especially if it's a product that -used- to be made elsewhere, this book will definitely help you understand... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wanderer
Curriculum for Senior Management. Understand why the new trend is onshoring...Published 1 month ago by Pål Aurvåg
Sigh. Another American taking a swipe at China. Anyone remember American cars in the 1970s like the Pinto, which exploded if you tapped it on the rear? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lanzhou Sinophile