A thoroughly modern global business story
In the spirit of James Clavell, China Fortunes is a vast and sweeping story that addresses one of the hottest topics of the day, Chinese business.
From a chaotic start in China to an embezzling Chinese company president on the run in Manilla, this book follows the monetary ups and downs of Jack Davis, an American financier drawn to the great Asian nation by the wealth of opportunities that accompanied the opening of the country to outsiders.
- Traces the beginnings of China's entry into the industrial age, as it hesitantly embraced capitalism while enthusiastically chased foreign dollars
- Takes readers through the bond trading floors of Wall Street to the opaque world of investment boutiques, market crashes and business failures, IPOs, failing marriages, and multi-national hydro electric deals
- Written by a leading China businessman with deep connections in China and beyond
Drawing on the experiences of one of the first western investment bankers to do business in China, this exciting tale brings you up close to the rising fortunes and risky business of the Middle Kingdom.
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About the Author
Mr. Kuhns graduated from Georgetown University, received a master of fine arts from the University of Chicago, and an MBA degree from the Harvard Business School. He lives with his family in Connecticut, where he fly fishes religiously.
Table of ContentsPrologue.
Book 1: The High Life.
Chapter 1 Chinatown on the Rio Bravo.
Chapter 2 Born to Run.
Chapter 3 Fortune Cookie.
Chapter 4 Squeeze Play.
Chapter 5 Mistakes Were Made.
Chapter 6 The Right Man for the Job.
Chapter 7 Token Poet.
Chapter 8 Token Poet's IPO.
Chapter 9 Chinese Walls.
Chapter 10 The Year of Living Dangerously.
Chapter 11 Easier Said Than Done.
Book Two: The Crevice.
Chapter 12 A Leopard and His Spots.
Chapter 13 Talk the Talk, Walk the Walk.
Chapter 14 The New World Power.
Chapter 15 A Date with A Monkey.
Chapter 16 Once Burned, Twice Stupid.
Chapter 17 Tell Me Something I Don't Know.
Chapter 18 False Starts.
Chapter 19 The Worst of Times.
Chapter 20 Seven Year Itch.
Book Three: Hainan Jack.
Chapter 21 Rather Be Lucky than Good.
Chapter 22 Monkey on His Back.
Chapter 23 Hearts and Bones.
Chapter 24 China Fortunes.
Chapter 25 Killing Two Birds With One Stone.
Chapter 26 the Man to See.
Chapter 27 Original Sin.
Chapter 28 Living Large.
Chapter 29 Jack, It's Chinatown.
Chapter 30 What Happens in China Stays in China.
Chapter 31 Finders, Keepers.
Chapter 32 The Future of China.
Chapter 33 Chinese Coverage.
Chapter 34 The Fish Will Die.
Chapter 35 As Little as Possible.
Book Four: Hydro King.
Chapter 36 Sand Pebbles.
Chapter 37 Chinese Water Torture.
Chapter 38 Soldier of Fortune.
Chapter 39 Hydro King.
Chapter 40 Timing is Everything.
Chapter 41 Who Knows Where the Time Goes.
Chapter 42 You Learn Something New Every Day.
Chapter 43 The Place to Be.
Chapter 44 Bulls in the China Shop.
Chapter 45 Gum on Your Shoe.
Chapter 46 There and Back Again.
Chapter 47 Close but No Cigar.
Chapter 48 Penny Wise, Pound Foolish.
Book Five: China Hand.
Chapter 49 Men and Women.
Chapter 50 Catch and Release.
Chapter 51 China Hand.
Chapter 52 Chinese Handcuffs.
Chapter 53 Midnight Train to Baoding.
Chapter 54 Chinese Checkers.
Chapter 55 Chinese Fire Drill.
Chapter 56 A Walk on the Wild Side
Chapter 57 One Rainy Night in Lijiang.
Chapter 58 Tea and Oranges from China.
Chapter 59 Knock on Wood.
Chapter 60 Fortune Fish.
Chapter 61 It's Enough to Make a Man Religious.
Chapter 62 A Chinaman's Chance.
Chapter 63 Be Careful What You Wish For.
Book Six: The Long Walk Home.
Chapter 64 Trial and Error.
Chapter 65 Third Time's the Charm.
Chapter 66 Two Out of Three Ain't Bad.
Chapter 67 Easy Come, Easy Go.
Chapter 68 High Water Mark.
Chapter 69 The Long Walk Home.
About the Author.