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It was a world gone wrong, one in which manufacturers thought little of manipulating product quality levels in order to save the smallest amounts, where savvy foreign business leaders were made to feel in control while they were taken for a ride by their partners, where entire manufacturing facilities sometimes vanished right into thin air... Welcome to Poorly Made in China!

At the height of the boom export manufacturing, Paul Midler returned to East Asia, a recently graduated Wharton MBA. In the right place at the right time, he was sought out by a number of foreign companies who wanted help in navigating the new economy. The adventures came fast, as did the business and cultural lessons.

Poorly Made in China is a dramatic romp through China's export manufacturing sector, one that reveals what really goes on behind the scenes. The story follows the author from one project to the next, taking the reader through a diverse set of industries and revealing a number of challenges. An engaging business narrative told with doses of humor and insight, this true story pulls back the curtain on the rising Chinese economy, providing a closer look at the rough-and-tumble environment in which so many of our consumer products are being made. For those trying to make sense of why so many quality failures could come out of China at once, this book is an especially interesting read.

Poorly Made in China is the tale of a modern-day gold rush and its consequences, the chronicling of a rising economic power and its path along a steep growth curve. Entertaining and eye-opening, the book highlights the extent to which culture affects business dealings, and the ultimate suggestion is that we may have more to be concerned about than product failures alone.

©2009 Paul Midler; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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  • Cory
  • Beeville, TX, United States
  • 07-17-12

Incredibly insightful

This book will be the center point of least three discussions the week after you finish it. I’ve always had an opinion about manufacturing in China, but I’ve never quite been able to delineate my problems with it. This book gives an honest insiders opinion and is worth every minute.

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A must listen before outsourcing to China

This book has the sorts of stories that you would only get from an insider. Having dealt with a number of Chinese suppliers when outsourcing products to China, I found myself nodding along with this book as Paul describes tricks used to dupe the western client. There are some absolutely fascinating business stories - things that you couldn't imagine happening in Austraila (I will never be buying health and beauty products made in China after listening to this book).

Author-read books are pretty hit and miss. Paul Midler does a good job though, but lacks the polish of a professional narrator. Still, I really enjoyed this book and was disappointed when it ended.

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  • Walter
  • Wheaton, IL, United States
  • 10-24-11

Revealing and Disturbing

A revealing (and disturbing) inside look at what is really going on within the Chinese economic boom. After reading this book, I never buy liquid soap without checking to make sure it was not imported from China.