The Next Factory of the World: How Chinese Investment Is Reshaping Africa Audiobook, by Irene Yuan Sun Play Audiobook Sample

The Next Factory of the World: How Chinese Investment Is Reshaping Africa Audiobook

The Next Factory of the World: How Chinese Investment Is Reshaping Africa Audiobook, by Irene Yuan Sun Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Nancy Wu Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: November 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781501978050

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Will Africa be the world's next hub of manufacturing? China is answering in the affirmative and investing accordingly. This book dispels the notion that this crucial story is merely about China's exploitation of Africa's resources, illuminating deep questions about our own, Western approach to development, and the implications for the future of manufacturing. China is now the biggest foreign player in Africa: largest trade partner, largest infrastructure financier, and fastest-growing source of foreign direct investment. Chinese entrepreneurs are flooding into Africa, investing in long-term assets, such as factories and heavy equipment. The fact that China sees Africa not for its poverty but for its potential wealth is a striking departure from the attitude of the West, in particular the United States. For fifty years the West has engaged in countless poverty-alleviation and development-aid programs in Africa, yet Africa still has the largest number of people living in extreme poverty of any region in the world. Considering Africa's difficult history of colonialism, one might suspect that the current story of China in Africa is merely a story about exploitation of resources. Author Irene Yuan Sun follows these entrepreneurs and finds, instead, that they are factory owners, building in Africa what they so recently learned to build in China-a global manufacturing powerhouse. This gives rise to a tantalizing possibility: that Africa can industrialize in the coming generation. With a manufacturing-led transformation, Africa would be following in the footsteps of the United States in the nineteenth century, Japan in the early twentieth, and the Asian Tigers in the late twentieth century. Many may consider this an old-fashioned way to develop, but it's the only one that's proven to raise living standards across entire societies for generations. And with every new Chinese factory boss setting up machinery and hiring African workers, that possibility becomes more real for Africa. With fascinating stories of entrepreneurs, workers, and government officials in Africa, along with incisive business and economic analysis, The Next Factory of the World will make you rethink both China's role in the world and Africa's future in the globalized economy.

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“Narrator Nancy Wu’s beautifully lilting speaking voice…[and] variations in pacing and intensity make the author’s complex sentences come alive and reveal great sensitivity to the pathos of the broader story—how industrialization disrupts societies…With her insights, captivating storytelling, and knack for stirring curiosity, Irene Yuan Sun has created a must-hear audiobook for anyone wanting an unbiased, no-holds-barred look at how factory work transforms individual lives and entire regions. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

— AudioFile 


  • “Impressively intertwining personal stories with the epic industrialization movements in China and Africa, this important book both increases our big-picture understanding and sheds needed light on factory floors dotted across the continent. We are fortunate to be able to peek into this fascinating world with Sun’s sharp eyes and analysis.”

    — Yinuo Li, Director, China Program, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • “Combining a journalist’s pen and a business analyst’s training, Sun grounds her astonishingly detailed portrait in extensive fieldwork and data but most vividly in stories of the Chinese and African pioneers who just may be kick-starting Africa’s industrial revolution.”

    — Deborah Brautigam, Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A London Financial Times Pick of Best Business Book of 2017

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About Irene Yuan Sun

Irene Yuan Sun co-leads McKinsey & Company’s work on Chinese economic engagement in Africa and is the lead author of McKinsey’s research report on this topic. Previously, she taught secondary school in rural Namibia. She is a graduate of Harvard Business School, the Harvard Kennedy School, and Harvard College.

About Nancy Wu

Nancy Wu has narrated audiobooks since 2004, winning three AudioFile Earphones Awards. A New York theater, television, and film actor, she has recorded in studios all over the world—from Italy to Switzerland to Thailand. Her credits include Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Hope & Faith, All My Children, Made for Each Other, and the Oscar-nominated film Frozen River.