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Rupert Murdoch's China Adventures: How the World's Most Powerful Media Mogul Lost a Fortune and Found a Wife [Paperback]

Bruce Dover
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (9 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804839948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804839945
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 13.4 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,594,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars At least he came away not entirely empty-handed 14 Aug 2008
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Bruce Dover does an excellent job in giving an account on how Rupert Murdoch failed to successfully enter the media sector in China between 1993 and 2007.

There are loads of books published on China - and this is a real growth industry - with sometimes useful advice on how to successfully invest in China. The world's corporations don't seem to read these books and instead have been falling over each other to get a foot in the door of China, only to find that making money their cannot quite be reduced to convincing 1.2bn potential customers to buy ones' products. Moreover, a lot of these corporations manage to upset China's bureaucracy and/or Government and as a result get stuck hopelessly.

Rupert Murdoch also falls into this category. Bruce Dover shows quite well that Murdoch never understood that having a face-to-face talk with China's President to fix matters would not fix matters at all. Over a period of 14 years, Murdoch wasted a lot of money and has virtually nothing to show for with his only consolation being that he is not the first and won't be the last billionaire to mess things up in China.

His finding his third wife in China is the only positive highlight of his China investment.

This book along with Tim Clissold's Mr. China and Jim Mann's Beijing Jeep: A Case Study Of Western Business In China should be compulsory reading for anyone interested in China. It may help you to avoid some of the pitfalls in dealing with China.

The only complaint I would have is that the summary of the book on the back cover is printed in black on a red background which makes it rather hard to read. Printing the text in white or using a lighter coloured background would have helped. Despite this shortcoming, this book is a solid five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well reported and very enjoyable, especially for those of us who've read Shawcross' biography 28 July 2008
By Andy Orrock - Published on Amazon.com
I'm a bit taken aback to be the first reviewer weighing in on this book, given its prominent placing in the business section of nationwide booksellers. For fans of business journalism, Bruce Dover's effort is well-worth your time.

In the Murdoch oeuvre, William Shawcross' biography Murdoch is surely the master work. Dover refers to it no less than than half a dozen times. But Dover's effort is a sterling companion piece though it can surely be read on its own as well.

We get brilliantly reported fly on the wall stuff by the man who was the chief's Biz Dev guy in China from 1992 - 1999. Not only does Dover report on Murdoch's repeated efforts to break open the China market, he's also giving you a very nuanced and informed take on the machinations of the Chinese Politburo.

The best parts are the passages about Wendi Deng. Dover, it turns out, did the initial introductions of the two, circa June 1997 - 'As an introduction, it was pretty straightforward: "Murdoch, this is Wendi Deng. Wendi is working with us in Business Development in China." Wendi...was tall, attractive, intelligent, vivacious and confident, and immediately had the Chief Executive's full attention.' And how! It gets better from there. Great stuff.

Notably, this is not the tale of an executive scorned. Dover's admiration of Murdoch is evident. Murdoch's strong work ethic (that's an understatement), direct manner, lack of airs and uncanny business sense are all noted here.
5.0 out of 5 stars must read 2 Sep 2013
By jim ensor - Published on Amazon.com
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good behind the scenes story. another view of Rupert Murdock. The Wendi Deng story is fun too. A must read.
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