The China Price: The True Cost of Chinese Competitive Advantage

The China Price: The True Cost of Chinese Competitive Advantage

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Overview

What is the price of China's cheap goods? The answer, fully revealed for the first time in this explosive work of investigative reporting, is a chilling one. Drawing on years of firsthand reporting, often in areas forbidden to foreign observers, Alexandra Harney exposes a brutal world in which intense pricing pressure from Western companies combines with corruption and a lack of transparency to exact a staggering toll in human misery and environmental damage. This eye-opening expose offers a landmark view of what is destined to become one of the defining business stories of the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400136094
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Alexandra Harney was a reporter and editor at the Financial Times. She has reported from Japan, China and the United Kingdom, among other places. From 2003 until early 2006, she was the FT's South China correspondent based in Hong Kong, where she still lives. A 1997 cum laude graduate of Princeton University with a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs, Alexandra was born in Washington, DC and currently lives in Hong Kong. This is her first book.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Better Mousetrap 1

Chapter 1 Hooked 18

Chapter 2 The Five-Star Factory 33

Chapter 3 The Physical Cost 56

Chapter 4 The Gold Rush 88

Chapter 5 The Stirring Masses 106

Chapter 6 The Girls of Room 817 148

Chapter 7 Accounts and Accountability 181

Chapter 8 The New Model Factory 235

Chapter 9 The Future of the China Price 272

Afterword 291

Acknowledgments 299

Notes 303

Bibliography 319

Index 327

What People are Saying About This

Clyde Prestowitz

"With unusual insight and reportorial perseverance Alexandra Harney presents the inconvenient truths about China and globalization that flat worlders have overlooked. This book is very important and is a must read for those who want to understand how today's world really works."--(Clyde Prestowitz, President of the Economic Strategy Institute and the author of Three Billion New Capitalists)

From the Publisher

"A vivid portrait of factory life in the country that sells consumer goods for the lowest price possible." —-Kirkus Starred Review

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China Price: The True Cost of Chinese Competitive Advantage 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
jreeder on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A must read for all who are concerned with global worker righrts and the true cost of cheap consumer goods.
autumnesf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book about the cost of doing business in China.
ebnelson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not the book for people who want to remain ignorant and believe what they buy doesn¿t matter. Especially starting with chapter 7, Harney lays out the crux of the China Price: social accountability and cost reduction are conflicting demands that American brands are almost universally (simultaneously) demanding. The book contains real insight as the author proves adept at understanding both businesses and people (a rare gem) and provides ample stories and evidences throughout the book.
jmussett More than 1 year ago
This book starts out with quite a bit of enthusiasm and luster but it starts to fade about halfway through. It seems as if some of the chapters could have been consolidated as they were covering much of the same ground. There were also too many small characters that were developed in one portion of the book, then left behind, never to be revisited; they became confusing and detracted from the overall voice of the work. Many great points were brought to light but the proposed fixes were too general and lacked an individual viewpoint and intellectual ingenuity.
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
Shoppers know that the ubiquitous "Made in China" labels on everything from basic food and clothing to high-end electronics usually mean low prices. But most consumers don't realize the full extent of the repercussions that the "China price" extracts from the Chinese and the rest of world. Journalist Alexandra Harney undertakes an in-depth investigation into what Chinese workers must endure to save the average American family $500 a year: low wages, crushingly long work days and brutal - sometimes deadly - working conditions. But she also reveals the hidden costs the world pays for the China price, including climate change, air pollution, unemployment and unsafe products. Harney gained unprecedented access to secret factories, workers' homes and government offices to hear the personal, often chilling stories of what China's economic boom has meant for millions of people. Although Harney's argument ignores some mitigating factors, such as China's right to industrialize and the good that growth in China has achieved, getAbstract strongly recommends reading this book before your next shopping trip: Reflect on what that "$3 T-shirt or $30 DVD" player really costs the world.