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Poorly Made in China: An Insider's Account of the Tactics Behind China's Production Game
     

Poorly Made in China: An Insider's Account of the Tactics Behind China's Production Game

by Paul Midler
 

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Praise for Poorly Made in China

"This fast-paced travelogue through the world of Chinese manufacturing is scary, fascinating, and very funny. Midler is not only a knowledgeable guide to the invisible underbelly of the global economy, he is a sympathetic and astute observer of China, its challenges, and its people. A great read."
—Pietra

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Praise for Poorly Made in China

"This fast-paced travelogue through the world of Chinese manufacturing is scary, fascinating, and very funny. Midler is not only a knowledgeable guide to the invisible underbelly of the global economy, he is a sympathetic and astute observer of China, its challenges, and its people. A great read."
—Pietra Rivoli, author of The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy

"Paul Midler takes us for a ride through the fastest-growing economy in the world, revealing what can—and sometimes does—go wrong when U.S. companies shift production to China. Working in the heart of China's export hub, in the country's southern region, he has the advantage of a front-row seat to the no-holds-barred games played between manufacturers and importers. He introduces us to a cast of real-life characters and tells his story with a mix of affection and skepticism for what is taking place in China today. Midler delivers a revealing and often funny tale of life and commerce in a country whose exports touch nearly everyone on the planet."
—Sara Bongiorni, author of A Year Without 'Made in China'

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Awards

Best Book 2009 (The Economist)

Best Book for Business Owners (Inc.

Great Finance Book of 2009 (Forbes

Best of 2009 Business Book (Library Journal

"Midler has upended a lot of the assumptions about this factory for the world." (Forbes

“A must-read for people engaged in mainland business.” (South China Morning Post

“Important, timely and entertaining.” (Taipei Times

“Most of the people in Mr. Midler’s position would not dream of disclosing what they see.” (The Economist

“Manages to be both instructive and entertaining.” (National Review

“A fascinating, funny and important book.” (Asia Times

“An invaluable book for anyone considering doing business in China.” (Epoch Times

“A lively dissection of the cultural clash.” (Malaysia’s The Star

“You won’t look at the label ‘Made in China’ the same way.” (Toronto Now

“His warning is worth heeding – is China listening?” (Business Times

"Plenty of laugh-out-loud moments." (Financial Times

“Strongly recommended.” (Bangkok Post)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470405581
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/06/2009
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Paul Midler graduated from college in 1992 with a concentration in Chinese history and language. After working in China for a number of years, he returned to the United States to complete graduate studies in business with a focus on East Asia. Midler holds an MBA from Wharton and a master's in international studies from the University of Pennsylvania's Lauder Institute. In the course of his career, he has assisted companies of all sizes in a diverse range of industries, working directly with hundreds of manufacturers in China.

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