China's Economic Supertrends: How China is Changing from the Inside Out to Become the World's Next Economic Superpower Kindle Edition
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-The author seems well read and hits the highlights of China's economic growth
-Presented in a user friendly manner
-Good book for those with little knowledge of China. It is presented in bite-sized pieces which are easy to digest
The author lists keys to China's growth which is good, but he offers no analysis beyond that, which is bad. According to the book description 'Based on discussions with CEOs, professors, politicians and entrepreneurs, this book explains why some have succeeded in China and others have not and helps you to become one of the success stories.'
Ironically enough, the lack of such insight and stories is the biggest failing of the book. The author shares little to no personal experience about living and working in China. Any serious work about the middle kingdom should be rich in first hand experiences which add another dimension to the work. Surely the author could have shared some of his experiences from working in China for almost one decade. Unfortunately he does not do this which is why the book has little value to an informed China watcher. Which leads me to say...
-the same information can be found elsewhere with more value add
Most if not all of the material could be obtained by subscribing to a Google news feed. Many of the articles there have more analysis and provide a deeper level of insight. This book reads more like a wiki, it just mentions concepts but does not delve into the depths of what they mean.
For example, at location 597 he states 'for businesspeople, many of these problems are not only solvable, they are where the greatest opportunities exist: multi-billion dollar industries that are just waiting for the right companies and entrepreneurs to step in to provide solutions.'
And that is it. He provides no insight into why this is true and examples of companies who are poised to do so. In addition, he does not explain parallel examples which prove that these opportunities can be monetized.Absent this proof, much of the book reads more like a China sales pitch rather than a serious discussion about business in China.
In section 1250 he says 'The new China marketing strategies that will be most successful for multinational companies will be Sinification and Going West to the lower-tiered cities,' but once again offers little to no insight into this claim. Absent analysis, there is no value add to what he had written.
-Over explains and could have used an editor.
The author tends to over explain which is very inefficient. For example in section 662 the author describes a 'black swan event' ad nausea. The term was not that important and did little to enhance the reading experience.
-The viewpoint of the author tends biased towards China as opposed to being objective
The book states that the author wishes to present an objective view of China. Based on his comments regarding Taiwan, this claim is dubious at best. This may have to do with his position in China and his desire to continue working there, but this is supposition on my part. I lived in China for many years and understand how one must toe the line in order to avoid alienating Beijing and the CCP.
This is not to say that the author does not point out the negatives of China, which is characterized in sections 852 to 1104.
-the first 8-10% of the book are spent plugging his previous work
For those who know little of China, it is an excellent overview, however. If one is familiar with the China story, they can skip this part.
In sum, the value of this book depends on the awareness of the reader. I am happy that I read it on Unlimited and did not spend ten dollars for this book. It did not meet my expectations.
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