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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.