8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Makes many good points, but extreme presentation affects credibility,
This review is from: Death by China: Confronting the Dragon - A Global Call to Action (Hardcover)
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There is a lot in "Death by China" that deserves our attention. The book talks about the shoddy and dangerous products, especially food products, that come out of China; about China's attack on U.S. manufacturing base, about China's currency and trade manipulation, about how China treats her own people, about China's mistreatment of the environment, about espionage, and much more. The book also scolds American corporations for playing China's game, at the expense of America, in the name of profit. Our leaders, too, are criticized for their stance of appeasement and accommodation, and their seemingly deliberate failure to do anything about the threats that China poses to the Western way of life.
A great deal of what the book discusses rings true, and the warnings brought up, the call to action, the proposed solutions--- all of these make a great deal of sense.
So what's the problem with this book? Why a three-star rating instead of five stars and a glowing review?
The issue is that the book reads like fringe literature. It is so far over the top, so far over the edge, so extreme, and written so poorly as to lose credibility within the first few pages if not the first few paragraphs. That's a real shame, because the book's message needs a hearing, but the ones who might most need to hear it will be put off by the presentation and won't read very much of the book.
The book would have benefited from more of a "present the facts" approach, and the exclusion of much of the often-hyperbolic commentary. After all, the facts speak pretty well for themselves, and a plethora of misplaced quotations, serial exclamation points, and an apparent need on the part of the authors to beat us over the head with their conclusions only detracts from rather than adds to the overall effect.
There is a fair amount of literature out there talking about the dangers China poses that is much better in content and presentation. I can't really recommend "Death by China"; you'd be better off spending your time on something else.