Lies, Bribes & PERIL: Lessons for the REAL Challenges of International Business

Lies, Bribes & PERIL: Lessons for the REAL Challenges of International Business

by Ron Cruse


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Cruse's account of his experiences and discoveries after years of leading his international businesses. Russia, Egypt, Kenya, Germany, Iraq, Zaire, Hungary, Thailand, India-international entrepreneur Cruse has had business experience in each, and distilled 20 years of acumen into this volume. Consisting of 47 short accounts (along with sidebars), each relating lessons learned, Lies, Bribes and Peril will especially interest those involved in politics, business or international relations. Cruse has learned to respect cultural differences that the average American might find baffling and has provided lucid, congenial explanations behind each. The author skillfully illuminates how these differences arise and the confusion they can cause. Cruse explains the concept of "accommodation"- a new way of viewing some of the divergences, such as bribery, that most Americans would view harshly. Accommodation is found throughout the world and takes many forms as business people communicate and conduct transactions. Further lessons include insights into personal safety while traveling in foreign countries and cultures, basic business skills-such as going to the source for information and problem-solving-committing to a path and moving rather than waiting for a different opportunity and language-related issues both with and without interpreters. Cruse uses a fast-paced style that makes these lessons engaging as well as informative, and retells intriguing firsthand experiences from his travels, from the aftermath of a suicide bombing in Sri Lanka to mafia interactions in Kazakhstan. As technology brings the countries of the world into one business community, the author's instructions will aid anyone attempting to interact with other cultures. Chronicles of international business narrated with enthusiasm, understanding and reflection.-Kirkus Discoveries

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ISBN-13: 9780595406784
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/08/2008
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

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Lies, Bribes & PERIL: Lessons for the REAL Challenges of International Business 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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JRyan More than 1 year ago
...but I still enjoyed (and understood) Lies, Bribes & Peril! As the U.S. and global financial crisis dominates headlines and dinner table discussion, it is important to recognize the huge impact that business, its practices and its players (like Cruse) has on "Main Street." Lies, Bribes & Peril provides an accessible look into the interconnectedness of the global economy and how Cruse played the game successfully across diverse environments. The organization of the book by country and experience makes it an easy and enjoyable read.
ccsimms More than 1 year ago
Lies Bribes, and Peril is an ideal crash course in international business. From personal accounts to cultural snapshots, Ron Cruse shares valuable insights into his successes and failures. Given the ever increasing role of international influences on our lives, I believe it's important to absorb as much information as possible about other cultures and their business practices. Cruse makes this possible. If you feel like you don't have enough time to sit down and read, don't worry. This book is organized into short chapters and can easily be picked up whenever you get a few spare minutes.
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AMK More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for anyone conducting business abroad. Through firsthand accounts that are as informative as they as entertaining, Cruse reveals how to successfully navigate the maze of idosyncracies and challenges that exist in the internaional arena. This is no textbook; it's a survavial guide for professionals. I couldn't put it down, and I'd highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down! This book is a must for those entering the business world. Cruse gives personal accounts of his experiences in conducting international business that are both entertaining and pertinent. As a recent graduate, I found this book both educational and practical as I enter the business world myself...and enjoyable as well!
CSapora More than 1 year ago
Mr. Cruse is the true voice of experience. His book cuts to the chase with reality about doing business around the world. Maybe some of the folks who run the country should read his work.
MKonczal More than 1 year ago
The world may be getting flat, but the world of international business is full of twists, turns, and dangerous curves. Author Ron Cruse has navigated these treacherous pathways to success, and in this book takes his reader to places most of us never thought of going. In concise, vivid detail he pulls back the curtain to expose an underworld of hazard and intrigue. A great read and an eye-opening experience.
BManchester More than 1 year ago
What a great read! Mr. Cruse did a wonderful job outlining the key points to international business and emphasizing cultural challenges and how to adapt to cultural values while engaging in this type of business. My favorite chapter was "The Egyptian Trader: A lesson in Negotiation." I have been to Egypt before and his description of the Khan el Khalili was dead on. Mr. Cruse's example of bargaining in the market was a perfect anecdote in showing that you must always know your leverage when negotiating. This book is definitely a must read!
MArnoff More than 1 year ago
Mr. Cruse takes readers on a wild ride to the four corners of the world for experiences that range from fruit bats and lions to smugglers and mafia bosses. The diverse case studies effectively lead to one important lesson - you need to be flexible to successfully adapt to different cultures and different values. Mr. Cruse shows that flexibility -- and a bit of self-deprecation, time and time again -- and throws several more important lessons in the mix, too.
KWailes More than 1 year ago
Lies, Bribes and Peril is an authoritative look at doing business internationally. It is full of practical lessons and advice that you will not learn in theoretical studies. The book is enjoyable, easy to read and very entertaining. Any one hoping to engage in international business affairs should read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't be fooled by the title. You don't have to be interested in international business to enjoy this one. I'm amazed Mr. Cruse is still alive. Ever hear the saying 'adrenaline junkie' ? I believe Mr. Cruse is the most intelligent one on this planet! And especially in the business world. Be prepared to not only learn things you will never learn in a classroom, but things you may never in your lifetime! A little advise... keep a dictionary close by...