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China Inc.: The Relentless Rise of the Next Great Superpower Paperback – 2 May 2006

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; New Ed edition (2 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416502890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416502890
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A thought-provoking and accessible forecast of strange times to come."

-- "Kirkus"

"An excellent portrait of the biggest change in the world economy since WWII. It should be required reading for every U.S. entrepreneur. I am going to make my whole staff read it."

-- John Koten, "Inc" Magazine

""China, Inc." is the amazing story of how the slumbering Red giant woke up and, at warp speed, transformed itself into the greatest superpower of the very near future -- with the biggest, tallest, longest, and fastest of just about everything there is. Fishman will forever change your view not just of China's place in the world -- but of America's as well."

-- Craig Unger, author of "House of Bush, House of Saud"

"Where Fishman excels is getting to the heart of what makes modern China so potent an economic force."

-- "Management Today"

"[Fishman] unearths some striking nuggets."

-- "Daily Telegraph"

"Fishman provides a dizzying view of the Chinese industrial revolution in full spate...A mine of vivid reportage."

-- "Director"

"If the twentieth was the American century, then the twenty-first belongs to China. It's that simple, Ted C. Fishman says, and anyone who doubts it should take his whirlwind tour of the world's fastest-developing economy."
-- "The New York Times"

"A must-read for American business people who operate in, buy from, or compete with China."
-- "Chicago Sun-Times" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Ted C. Fishman's work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Money, Harper's, Esquire, USA TODAY, GQ and Chicago Magazine. A former floor trader and member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, he ran his own trading firm until 1992.

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Format: Paperback
With China's inclusion on the world news/economic agenda becoming more conspicuous by the day, I wanted to gain an insight into the inner-workings and effects of it's rapid expansion and rise to global prominence in the last few years.
After reading about this title in a newspaper, I ordered it and became immediately engrossed. Quite aside from the fascinating subject matter, the writer presents it in a very fluid and highly readable style, deftly weaving human interest stories, political considerations, economic/business analysis and Chinese history in a subtle and effective manner, making the book that rarest of beasts: a socio-economic pageturner.
There are very few downsides: it might be perceived to be slightly USA-heavy in terms of comparisons/contrasts with China on an international scale, but let's face it: the US is still the dominant world economic superpower (for the short term at least, as you'll discover upon reading the book!). Also there is a slight bias towards business analysis as opposed to say politics, culture or history, but the latter elements are in no way neglected and the book is entitled China INC after all.
All in all, I thoroughly recommend it on all levels.
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Format: Paperback
China is emerging as the next great global economic superpower and this book pulls together lots of examples to show this. Recent reports of Chinese oil, electronic and automotive companies moving into western economies abound.
The book may not present much new information to the business professional but it certainly provides the general reader with an excellent overview of a potential new world economic order, while the racy journalistic style of writing makes it a pleasure to read.
The story is entertaining and to some will be worrying.
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Jun. 2006
Format: Hardcover
This well-researched reveals China as an awakening giant, experiencing roaring growth and impressive technological advances. Not only does the country have the unrivalled productive power derived from its vast low-cost labour force but its one billion plus consumers have made it a lucrative market.

One of the reasons for its breathtaking economic growth is that rural people have been moving to the cities in large numbers. Three of the most interesting chapters are titled The Revolution Against The Communist Revolution, Pirate Nation (which examines the problem of counterfeits and brand theft taking place in China), and chapter 11: The Chinese Century.

The author examines the implications of this rising colossus for the world, and for the West in particular. What if China manages to produce everything that the West does at half the cost? And at the same time as its industrial and knowledge economy is booming, the country is aggressively pursuing reliable sources of raw materials and acquiring foreign companies.

Its geopolitical influence is increasing, as is evident in its potentially dangerous friendship with Iran(as part of an Asian Economic Co-operation Group that includes Russia), and its growing influence in Africa (especially Sudan) and even in South America (Venezuela).

Time will tell if the Chinese economy is inherently sound and how far the country will take its alliances with rogue states like Iran. China's involvement in the Middle East might prove its undoing. The book provides all the latest statistics and plenty of intelligent analyses. It concludes with Notes, a Bibliography and Index.
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Format: Hardcover
Squarely addressed to people with scant knowledge of China, this anecdotal excursion into the economics of the Middle Kingdom is dilettantish in the best sense of the word. Those who know China will learn only illustrative tales here, but those who do not know China will learn what even the most scrupulously accurate journalists cannot always convey: the feel of the place. Author Ted C. Fishman explores Shanghai shops, Shenzhen factories and markets for female companionship euphemistically known as karaoke halls, and he manages to put everything in the context of China's economic development. No doubt many readers will come away convinced that China is a threat - indeed, part of the author's purpose is to show how China challenges the world. He does that convincingly by alternating vignettes of China with vignettes of America. Critics may quibble, and not without reason, that the book is superficial, uncritical and naïve. Granted. But we counter: it's a heck of a read.
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Fishman regurgitates the contents of scores of much more credible books to produce a seemingly random collection of misunderstands and dated facts and figures about China. Even worse, although this book was first published in 2004 and updated in 2006, most of the figures date back to 2002 and earlier.

Fishman is quick to state 'a book about China would be out-of-date even before it were published'. Having condemned himself to this untruth, he then compounds the problem by filling every single page with out-of-date figures, which demonstrates a clear insecurity about his absence of first-hand China experience. Pages are peppered with out-of-date billion dollar figures which seem to be more to fill space rather than support any argument.

Fishman does however excel at writing very visual snapshots of the major tourist spots he visits on his brief stay in China. Unfortunately, he can't speak Mandarin so these snapshots are mostly devoid of human interaction.

Annoyingly, Fishman even goes on to spout falsehoods about the history of the Japanese Ramen noodle. Infuriating. If you are looking to read about China, then I recommend buying one written by a China-hand journalist, rather than a Princeston graduate who admits a 'good friend at Harper' helped him have his book published. The following two books are excellent and not in any way dated:

One Billion Customers: Lessons from the Front Lines of Doing Business in China
China Shakes The World: The Rise of the Hungry Nation
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