|Publisher:||Tantor Media, Inc.|
|Edition description:||Library - Unabridged CD|
|Product dimensions:||6.80(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
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
What People are Saying About This
"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)
"A vivid portrait of factory life in the country that sells consumer goods for the lowest price possible." -Kirkus Starred Review
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A must read for all who are concerned with global worker righrts and the true cost of cheap consumer goods.
Book about the cost of doing business in China.
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.
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.
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.