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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."
You must read this book if you do business in China.
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.
This book will open your eyes if you want to do business in China and if you are already there you cannot help but agree with everything he says.
As an American living in China for four years and working in a foreign owned apparel factory that is managed by Chinese, I can honestly say almost all of the situations Midler... Read morePublished 9 days ago by edward De nnocentis
A well written account of the trials and travails of working with Chinese manufacturers told from the point of view someone trying to help US companies find reliable suppliers. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Josephine Shepard
This book is eye-opening. Most everyone is aware of attempts by American manufacturers to build or develop products overseas, this book details many of the issues faced by... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Craig A. Munsart
Three books in one: 1) Business in China...which is closely tied to 2) Business in the US...told as a quasi 3) Travelogue in which lots of well-balanced cultural insight to the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by James Hamill
Good book, but...
2 things: it doesn't teach anything. No one that has not had the experience would appreciate it. Read more
Rumours of how the rich in China would only buy non- China made products may have some truth to it....Published 3 months ago by Justchillin
In the present, when just about everything seems to be made in China, this guy, who is an American, but who lives in China, and speaks the language, can explain to us why such a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ted M. Johnson
I stumbled upon this book not being too interested (because I don't work in this industry), but I got a kick out of it because it's so true. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shelley