Along with Thomas Friedman's "The World Is Flat", this is one of the most important books I've read to date. I will recommend both books to anyone I meet. China is well on its way to becoming the next world superpower, and this book details many ways it is doing so. There will be a day very soon when almost all manufacturing of anything from concrete, to toys, to cars, to software/hardware will only be done in China. At this point, they can essentially do anything they want in the global market. It never ceases to astound me how people are so willing to look the other way when China continues pirating anything it wants, both legally, as well as illegally. Something needs to be done to slow this unfortunate trend down, and put all players in the global economy on a level playing field, or soon, China will become "Big Brother" to every country on the planet. My only regret is that the information in this book is already 5 years out of date! Frightening read!
I enjoyed this book. I am in an industry that is slowly moving to Asia for the cheaper labor. I understand the changes going on in China much better now, especially how there is an unlimited supply of people willing to take jobs for low wages.
I had read the reviews and believed this book would give me an edge. It was informative, but it drags and gets into too many details. I get the point and it could have been said in half as many words.
This is very interesting and timely. I visited China in 1997 for 3.5 weeks with a China family and saw a country just starting to wake up. Well they woke up and are rapidly making a large impact on the rest of the world. It is time that the rest of us wake up and understand this economical power.
There is hardly a city, a neighborhood, a home in the civilized world that is not effected by what is happening in China. Along with "The World is Flat," this is the best work I've found at telling us why. In just 1 example: China says its population is 1.2-billion. The CIA says China undercounts its population by 300 million! If true, that UNDERCOUNT is equal to the TOTAL population of the United States! The emergence of China as a world leader in manufacturing WILL be followed by the emergence of China as a world leader in CONSUMPTION, (both good & bad news). If you don't think that effects you...check the price of gas the next time you fill up (China is using much more oil now). Oh, & if you're planning to pour a few yards of concrete for a patio, you might place your order early, China is now using more than 40% of the world's production of concrete. Read this well written book and then if you have not read "The World is Flat," pick it up and take the time to read it too.
Ted C. Fishman is a veteran journalist and former commodities trader who has emerged as a leading expert on the People's Republic of China. His essays and reports have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, and Esquire, among others.