China, Inc.: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World Audiobook, by Ted C. Fishman Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: Ted C. Fishman Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: Tantor Audio Audio Length: Release Date: July 2005 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781400171590

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China today is visible everywhere — in the news, in the economic pressures battering America, in the workplace, and in every trip to the store. Provocative, timely, and essential, this dramatic account of china's growing dominance as an industrial super-power by journalist Ted C. Fishman explains how the profound shift in the global economic order has occurred — and why it already affects us all. How has an enormous country once hobbled by poverty and Communist ideology come to be the supercharged center of global capitalism? What does it mean that China now grows three times faster than the United States? That China uses 40 percent of the world's concrete and 25 percent of its steel? What is the global impact of 300 million rural Chinese walking off their farms and heading to the cities in the greatest migration in human history? Why do nearly all of the world's biggest companies now have large-scale operations in China? What does the corporate march into China mean for workers left behind in America, Europe, and the rest of the world? Meanwhile, what makes China's emerging corporations so dangerously competitive? What could happen when China will be able to manufacture nearly everything — computers, cars, jumbo jets, and pharmaceuticals — that the United States and Europe can, at perhaps half the cost? How do these developments reach around the world and straight into the lives of all Americans? These are ground-shaking questions, and China, Inc. provides answers.Veteran journalist and former commodities trader Ted C. Fishman paints a vivid picture of the megatrends radiating out of China. Fishman's account begins with the burgeoning output of China's vast low-cost factories and the swelling appetite of its 1.3 billion consumers, both of which are being driven by historically unprecedented infusions of foreign capital and technological know-how. Traveling through China's frenetic landscape of growth, Fishman visits the factories, markets, streets, stores, towns, and cities where the story of Chinese capitalism is being lived by one-fifth of all humanity. Fishman also draws on interviews with Chinese, American, and European workers, managers, and executives to show how China will force all of us to make big changes in how we think about ourselves as consumers, workers, citizens, and even as parents. The result is a richly engaging work of penetrating, up-to-the-minute reportage and brilliant analysis that will forever change how readers think about America's future.

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  • Alan Sklar has a deep and musical voice. He reads us the bad news with enthusiasm.

    - AudioFile

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  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " China fascinates me, but this book was just too adoring. Any book that gives property rights in China a mere skimming over (less than a paragraph, with a lengthy footnote that for some reason he didn't feel necessary to include in the text itself) is not doing adequate analysis of China's future. "

    - Megan, 2/17/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This was one of the first books I read on China from the business/market perspective. Since reading this book in 2007, I have become increasingly interested in what I read within these pages. It has been fascinating and frustrating at the same time as the main points from the text continue to get played out today. I think it is a must read for anyone who wants an easy and quick introduction into doing business with China, interested in learning about China's notorious rise to power or even fear minstrels who need ammunition to continue their arguments. :-) Okay, that last one doesn't really apply (yes, it does). "

    - Michael, 2/14/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Wake up America! Or soon it will be too fricking late. Frightening statistics! "

    - Jim, 2/6/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I listened to probably around 300 pages or so..VERY interesting about our future with China--need to know stuff "

    - Benjamin, 1/29/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A fascinating and troubling look at a complex country poised on the brink of becoming the world's next superpower while at the same time being beset by all the problems of a third world country. Very readable, and it will make you think. "

    - Mazola1, 1/28/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " buku yang menceritakan bagaimana china menguasai perdagangan dunia, menduplikasi teknologi tinggi dari negara lain, dan mengapa china harus terus tumbuh. ditulis dari sudut pandang orang amerika. "

    - jayawardana, 1/19/2014
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " The author is a black belt in the art of being boring: he needed to tell everything, to list facts over facts... "

    - Plucino, 1/16/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Almost a decade old, but continuously relevant. China will be the factory of the world for another 50 years. "

    - J, 1/12/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " If you read the paper on a regular basis or anything on current events for that matter, then this book is not nessecary. I feel it was an easy way to make money and I bought it! "

    - Erica, 1/10/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Difficult read, but left me feeling like I knew a lot more about a country that will be a prime mover, if not the most significant force of the 21st century. "

    - Andrew, 1/6/2014
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Ex-boyfriend recommended it to me. That about sums it up. "

    - Elizabeth, 12/22/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not the most well-written non-fiction, but is packed with fascinating content about what China is, and not, doing as it grows at a frightening pace. Was very worthwhile to read before, during, and after my trip to China. Plenty of fodder for conversation here. "

    - Lauri, 12/18/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " The writing was so poor I couldn't finish it. "

    - Joshua, 12/9/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not bad as an adjunct to "The Coming China Wars", a little more information. Doesn't take the problems seriously enough. "

    - Anna, 12/8/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A well-written and enlightening book. "

    - Alicia, 9/3/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Y'all better know 'bout China, BOI! "

    - Dan, 1/27/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " excellent book! A must read for anyone interested in China and it's place in the world: today and tomorrow. Well researched, articulate, interesting and thought provoking. "

    - Annette, 12/22/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " i'm into china- & it's NOT b/c of the olympics! "

    - Sanja, 12/21/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Book describes the urbanization and industrialization of China tied to the effects on the global economy. Excellent baseline book on beginning of current economic conditions. "

    - Dan, 11/18/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Good insight of China. Stuffs I didn't imagine and some other ideas that were clarified by this book. If you want to have an idea of where is China leading, then read this book. "

    - Adelaida, 7/13/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A little dated (published in 2004), but still an eye-opener. "

    - Matt, 6/1/2012
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I am not sure I agree with everything in this book...I have lived and worked in China for 4+ years...jury is still out on this book. "

    - Laura, 5/28/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Very interesting. However, it was published in 2004 and although many things are still pertinent, there is much that is outdated. I would like to see the author published an updated version. "

    - Julie, 4/12/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Good book, bought it in Japan while I was getting bored with Japan studies. Interesting details, but possibly goes a little overboard on the "china is evil" side. "

    - Sarah, 10/9/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A comprehensive book.. a bit out dated now.. still lot to learn.. "

    - Anand, 6/12/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " It was a rather obvious book but a good intro. A few years old now, came out in 2005, but still a good but very basic introduction. "

    - David, 2/22/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Confirme que China vive un proceso impresionante de cambio y el mundo esta a la espectativa, incluida la superpotencia americana. "

    - Martino, 1/22/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " It was a rather obvious book but a good intro. A few years old now, came out in 2005, but still a good but very basic introduction. "

    - David, 9/6/2010
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " overall very interesting but every now and then the fact and figures got a little boring. I enjoyed the anecdotes about real people and feel I have a little more understanding of this country. "

    - Maryanne, 5/19/2009
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A fascinating and troubling look at a complex country poised on the brink of becoming the world's next superpower while at the same time being beset by all the problems of a third world country. Very readable, and it will make you think. "

    - Mazola1, 2/27/2008

About the Author

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 and its development as a world power. Fishman’s essays and reports have appeared in many of the world’s most prominent journals, including the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Esquire, USA Today, GQ, and the Times of London. A former floor trader and member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, he ran his own trading firm until 1992. A graduate of Princeton, he currently lives in Chicago.

About the Narrator

Alan Sklar, a graduate of Dartmouth, has excelled in his career as a freelance voice actor. Named a Best Voice of 2009 by AudioFile magazine, his work has earned him several Earphones Awards, a Booklist Editors’ Choice Award (twice), a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and Audiobook of the Year by ForeWord magazine. He has also narrated thousands of corporate videos for clients such as NASA, Sikorsky Aircraft, IBM, Dannon, Pfizer, AT&T, and SONY.