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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (161 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexandra Harney Narrator: Karen White Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9781400176090
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Alexandra Harney uncovers the truth about how China is able to offer such amazingly low prices to the rest of the world. She has discovered that intense pricing pressure from Western companies combined with ubiquitous corruption and a lack of transparency exacts an unseen and unconscionable toll in human misery and environmental damage.

In this landmark work of investigative reporting, former Financial Times correspondent Alexandra Harney uncovers a story of immense significance to us all: how China’s factory economy gains a competitive edge by selling out its workers, environment, and future. Harney’s firsthand reporting brings us face-to-face with a world in which intense pricing pressure from Western companies combines with ubiquitous corruption and a lack of transparency to exact a staggering toll in human misery and environmental damage. This eye-opening expose offers, for the first time, an intimate look at the defining business story of our time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A vivid portrait of factory life in the country that sells consumer goods for the lowest price possible.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Packed with facts, figures and sympathetic portraits of Chinese workers and managers, Harney’s is a perceptive take on the world’s workshop.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Manfred | 1/3/2014

    " The individual stories in this book are solid, giving a great sense of what China's economy means for working people, managers and foreign investors. Her descriptions of the weird world that is the Pearl River Delta are right on target. Harney is especially good when she challenges the CSR industry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Johnny | 10/9/2013

    " Meh, ok. Think American Industrial Revolution but twice as fast, five times the volume of problems, and ten times the amount of people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen Brunskill | 9/16/2013

    " An enjoyable combination of understanding the author's views of modern Chinese society, business culture, and issues of the day through meaningful, personal interviews and clear analysis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 3/30/2013

    " I am enjoying this book so far -- it's accurate about what's occurring in industry and I look forward to reading the rest soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 1/15/2012

    " I need to read more books about China. This was one was really good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carl | 11/9/2011

    " An important book. It explains why you can buy a DVD player at Walmart for $30. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadira Lamrad | 7/13/2010

    " A complex illustration of the consequences of China's factory based economy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 4/14/2010

    " Falling prices...and how big companies around the world are able to get products so cheap! This is a good overview of how China is able to be the big producer for the rest of the world and it explains what the true costs are to the Chinese people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 3/25/2009

    " Interesting information. Too optimistic about asuming China will reform and give their people rights and better working conditions. The labor pool is just too huge. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 7/29/2008

    " I've been to China, rural and tourist China, and it would be interesting to go back there later on in life, to the very country village I went to and see if anything's changed. I bet it already has. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joant | 6/22/2008

    " I must admit this book did not cheer me. It is a series of vignettes that reveal the costs and benefits of China's economic surge . This was so interesting, scary and well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deniseh | 6/4/2008

    " Read this book and watch "Manufactured Landscapes" for an eye-opener of where and how our cheap products are produced and the impact they have on people, the environment and the economy. "

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About the Author

Alexandra Harney has been writing about Asia for a decade. She covered Hong Kong, China, and Japan for the Financial Times and was an editor at the newspaper’s main office in London. From 2003 until 2006, she was the South China correspondent for the Financial Times. She has contributed to National Public Radio and the BBC World Service and was a business and economics commentator on Japanese television. A graduate of Princeton University, Alexandra speaks Japanese and Mandarin Chinese.

About the Narrator

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audiobooks since 1999. An Audie Award finalist, she has earned eight AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her reading of The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2009.