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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Penguin (3 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670922013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670922017
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Her odyssey from the old world to the new - from the bleakest totalitarianism to the most ebullient flowering of imagination and enterprise - forms a story worthy of a 21st-century Homer (Inc. magazine)

There are few people in our world who embody optimism like Ping Fu. She shows us how the human spirit can endure amazing hardship to with find happiness, joy, and astounding success. (Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why)

Resilience is the most essential element of life and business today, and there is no more shining role model for resilience (and grace and humility and a whole bunch of other qualities) than Ping Fu. The story of how she fled China under precarious circumstances, made a new life in the United States, and built a vibrant company should be required reading. (Chip Conley, founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality and author of Peak and Emotional Equations)

Ping Fu's life story is the stuff of heroic novels. Not only has she triumphed over adversity most of us can scarcely imagine, but she has managed to draw out of her experience a wealth of practical business lessons. (Bo Burlingham, editor-at-large of Inc. magazine and author of Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big)

This is an utterly unique memoir, a fascinating look at one woman's journey from a difficult childhood in Mao's China to the top of the American tech world. (Tony Hsieh, CEO of, author of Delivering Happiness)

In this outstanding testament to the resilience of the human spirit, Ping takes readers on a journey both heartbreaking and inspiring. Ping's eloquent prose and remarkable attitude shine through in every word-and her compelling story will remind more than one reader to be thankful for what they have. (Publishers Weekly)

About the Author

Ping Fu is President and CEO of Geomagic, Inc. A survivor of China's Cultural Revolution, she was imprisoned for her reporting on female infanticide under China's one-child policy and deported to the USA. Fu is one of the few women CEOs in technology and was named the 2005 "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Inc. Magazine. She is a member of President Obama's National Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and an adjunct professor in computer science at Duke University.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By American Citizen on 21 Nov. 2013
Format: Paperback
If I could give 0 star to this book, I would. A memoir is supposed to tell what really happened, and occasional inaccuracies are OK. But this one is full of fabrications. When I read the first half of this book, I found most of the pages are either big direct lies or small things against common sense. The second half is more focused on business but it is just plain boring. This Ping Fu story is such a big messy lie at the scale that is beyond anything I have read so far (and I hope no lie ever passes this one in my life).

Some people may like this memoir as it contains a lot of high-minded inspirational talking, as Ping Fu portrayed herself as a victim of cruelty and adversity who showed enormous resilience and survived by sheer means of her humbleness and unbreakable spirit. But the truth is she fabricated these touching stories to take advantage of people's kindness in order to gain fame and financial benefit. After reading both of her English and Chinese memoirs, her 4 resumes, and Suzhou (Soochow) University's disclosure of her student registration form (including her own handwritten statement that she joined the Communist Youth League in 1973), it is easy to see there are many contradictions. Here is an incomplete list of the contradictions:

- Some stories in this book didn't happen, such as a teacher being quartered by 4 horses. Ping Fu admitted it was her emotional memory.
- Finger checking on college female students: in this book it was by Suzhou University officials' fingers. In February 2013 Ping Fu blamed her ghostwriter Meimei Fox for getting it wrong, and said what she meant was it was done by the students' own fingers. In July 2013 she admitted that the finger-checking practice didn't happen on college campus.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joe Y on 19 Mar. 2013
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Much has been said about how fake her China stories are. Here is a copy of what I wrote about her early US experience in

*************(For your amusement, 2/13/2013) This will be the latest and hopefully last addition. Some of the stories in this "memoir" are too entertaining and too comical not to share.

TITLE: My First Days, in the US of A

ABSTRACT: A Chinese Woman Landed in Albuquerque of USA, into a Soviet Prison with Three Child Inmates, Gift of a Chinese-speaking Viet Cong-victimized Refuge.

STORY LINE (Condensed from excerpt freely available on Amazon, click on the book icon): A wife walks out on her husband and their three children. The man needs a baby sitter if he goes to work. He drives to the airport and abducts a woman. He locks her up in his apartment as a babysitter. The police come and rescue her from captivity after three days. This woman is..... none other than our now (in)famous extraordinaire heroine.

DECONSTRUCTION: Oh yeah, what man looking for a babysitter would not thinking of going to the airport and kidnapping a woman fresh off the plane. You must be insane if you don't recognize the brilliance of this man's brain. I am sure he just wakes up in the morning and voila, he has a plan: today, I will drive to the Albuquerque Airport and kidnap the most extraordinary woman to babysit my three (somewhat retarded) children. I would give her some cookies and she would take care of my lovely children for however long with those cookies. It would be so much safer to lock up my children with a stranger I kidnap than by themselves. Oh, yeah, this will work beautifully because the law says you can't leave young children by themselves. I can't do that as a law abiding citizen!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By janette hare on 17 Mar. 2013
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I was looking forward to this read but was disappointed. I found it incredulous, especially the very deep thoughts she had at age eight. Didn't finish it.
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Kitty on 31 Jan. 2013
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Hello Dr B Clayton. I just noticed that you are a TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Amazon platform, and realize that my hidden comment is not respectful enough considering your impact. So I re-paste my words here to make them visible to you.


Hello friend. To correct your mistake of stating "No better book was published in 2012", I recommend you read the comments under this title on, by Chinese people who all know what can and cannot happen in China. Then you will find out by yourself that 150 persons give this title one star simply because they cannot mark anything lower than one star in Amazon system.

Ping Fu is absolutely smart, or, clever, and with high enough EQ to fool U.S. immigration system as well as Forbes that all media that acclaim her book (I'd rather use FICTION here). Her biggest mistake is that now she is trying to go back to China and fool Chinese. Do you know why so many Chinese rushed in Amazon and tried their best to disclose this liar? Because we Chinese in China have suffered enough of a society where honesty is seldom honored and liars take all. We IMAGINE that in advanced countries things should be different.

By disclosing Ping Fu, we are not defending the Cultural Revolution or Mao or CCP. Persons like I, who write down these words with strange English (surely as you'll feel) in hope to convey the common sense and facts to foreigners, are somehow trying to defend our belief that liars should not be rewarded for lying, and that virtues like honesty should not be insulted so easily.

If you understand my points, please take back your comment so that it will not mislead others. Frankly, you deserve a refund.
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