Mr. China: A Memoir

Mr. China: A Memoir

by Tim Clissold
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Mr. China: A Memoir by Tim Clissold

Mr. China tells the rollicking story of a young man who goes to China with the misguided notion that he will help bring the Chinese into the modern world, only to be schooled by the most resourceful and creative operators he would ever meet. Part memoir, part parable, Mr. China is one man's coming-of-age story where he learns to respect and admire the nation he sought to conquer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060761400
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 529,013
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Tim Clissold has lived and worked in China for more than twenty years and has traveled to most parts of the country. After graduating with degrees in physics and theoretical physics from Cambridge University, and working in London, Australia, and Hong Kong, he developed a fascination with China. He spent two years studying Mandarin in Beijing before cofounding a private equity group that invested more than $400 million there. He has since spent time at Goldman Sachs recovering distressed assets and, more recently, started a business that invests in projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in China through the UN's Clean Development Mechanism. Mr. China was his first book. It has been translated into twelve languages and was an Economist magazine Book of the Year.

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Mr. China: A Memoir 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Good story and good read. It shows all the dramatic changes inside China. But one would like to go deeper especially for things behind China's changes. For this, a very nice book does a sharp job: China's global reach: markets, multinationals, and globalization. Strongly recommened.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Interesting tales based on personal encounters. Worth reading, though one would love to get more serious discussions on China and its evolving relations with the world. A better read is another new book: China's global reach
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended by a friend working in Shanghai to another friend who is doing business with China. I'm happy that I got hold of it - it showed the Chinese world from the 'outsider trying to be insider' perspective. It shows how just pumping in money into China and waiting for it to grow will not work in mammoth economy such as China - a must read for all with business interest in mind. I had to keep myself inetrested to reach the end though - interest starts fading after the first corporate battle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was unique in that it looked at true life stories of one man's life in china and learning about business there. At first he is hoodwinked a few times and then he becomes wiser. He becomes a true china hand. It is great to see a western businessman learning to beat the chinese at their own games. Insightful and inspirational book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a must for everyone who wants to do business in China. Timely, enlightening, entertaining, candid, polite, and educational. Everyone is talking about China but do we really know? They compare China to the US, however, they are really different. USA, as one nation, was founded and established on strong Christian values. But the similarity is also very obvious, both countries are big, hard to govern centrally, as such, economy has to be market driven not politics.