“[Alibaba is] entertaining. Avery occasionally gives the story a mystical air with allusions to proverbs and martial art…Avery has turned the reverential original into a highly readable tale.” (Financial Times)
“The story of how he built his fortune is not well known. Inevitably, Liu Shiying and Martha Avery, the authors of “Alibaba,” tell us as much about how business works in China as about Mr. Ma’s entrepreneurial achievement.” (Wall Street Journal)
“Ma’s rise is worth digesting. How he progressed quickly from ignorance of the Internet to mastery of the new technology to overcoming official Chinese resistance will help American readers realize how surreal establishing capitalism in a quasi-Communist nation can feel.” (USA Today)
“This business history discusses one of the most successful global Internet companies, and, to make it even more interesting, it is also a biography of Alibaba’s eccentric founder, the visionary, and entrepreneurial risk take, Jack Ma… [an] accessible inside look at Chinese e-commerce.” (Library Journal)
“[A]n inspirational story of perseverance.” (Booklist)
About the Author
Liu Shiying is a journalist, CEO of Guangtian Xiangshi Culture Company, and chairman of the board of GT-SUNSTONE, a company that focuses on media consulting. He also serves as deputy secretary general of the Asian Capital Forum and is a consultant for the CCTV program Winning in China. Author of several business publications, he is working closely with CITIC Press and CCTV on a series of books and programs about major business personalities in China. He lives in Beijing.
Martha Avery is president of Avery Press, Inc., which works with CITIC Press in bringing Chinese intellectual property to a Western market as well as bringing Western authors and their works to China. She holds a BA in Chinese and Japanese languages, an MBA from the Wharton School, and has worked for years in publishing and related media business in Japan, Hong Kong, China, and Mongolia. Ms. Avery is also co-editor-in-chief of a forthcoming volume on Chinese banking and finance published by John Wiley & Sons.