• China's Economy

  • What Everyone Needs to Know®
  • By: Arthur R. Kroeber
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (235 ratings)

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Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
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China's Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know® is a concise introduction to the most astonishing economic growth story of the last three decades. In the 1980s, China was an impoverished backwater, struggling to escape the political turmoil and economic mismanagement of the Mao era. Today it is the world's second biggest economy, the largest manufacturing and trading nation, the consumer of half the world's steel and coal, the biggest source of international tourists, and one of the most influential investors in developing countries from southeast Asia to Africa to Latin America.  

China's growth has lifted 700 million people out of poverty. It has also created a monumental environmental mess, with smog-blanketed cities and carbon emissions that are a leading cause of climate change. Multinational companies make billions of dollars in profits in China each year, but traders around the world shudder at every gyration of the country's unruly stock markets. Most surprising of all, its capitalist economy is governed by an authoritarian Communist Party that shows no sign of loosening its grip.

How did China grow so fast for so long? Can it keep growing and still solve its problems of environmental damage, fast-rising debt, and rampant corruption? How long can its vibrant economy co-exist with the repressive one-party state? What do China's changes mean for the rest of the world? China's Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know® answers these questions in straightforward language that you don't need to be an economist to understand, but with a wealth of detail drawn from academic research, interviews with dozens of company executives and policy makers, and a quarter-century of personal experience.

Whether you're doing business in China, negotiating with its government officials, or a student trying to navigate the complexities of this fascinating and diverse country, this is the one book that will tell you everything you need to know about how China works, where it came from and where it's going.

©2016 Oxford University Press (P)2018 Tantor

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An interesting insight

good flow and packed full of details and a must read for anyone who wishes to know China from an economic viewpoint

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Very informative but difficult to listen to

I found the information to be very interesting and timely. The book will help you understand the Chinese position in today's current events. My primary complaint is that the narrator speaks very robotically which makes it difficult to listen for longer periods.

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Massacred Chinese

While I wouldn’t expect the narrator to be completely fluent, I would appreciate if he was willing to look up even a few chinese terms’ pronunciations. Like Mao or Deng Xiaoping people talked about at length or Tiananmen when talking about the protests. It was incredibly distracting. Basically when it come to pronunciation they didn’t even do the bare minimum.

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Interesting, but unfortunately dated

Very informative and interesting analysis of the history of China and how circumstances have/had created explosive growth. Unfortunately, most of the statistics are 10 years old and things have significantly changed. Just as the "re-opening" drove growth and opportunity for China, the crackdown on private enterprise and liberty is strangling it.

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interesting view

This is a fairly balanced summary from the modem era to 2016. It needs a follow up for the last five years.

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brilliant

fantastic. This is a great topic to cover. Please publish more like this in the future. Excellent!!!

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Fine Long-Term Overview

Very glad I listened. Wished I had listened to the 2nd Edition (if it were available), but still very glad I listened to the first

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Fantastic book

This book is what I have been looking for. A very good overview of the economic and political system in China. I wish there was an update

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Just an incredible book with unbiased insight into a miracle of the last 40 years

An incredible book with unbiased insight into a miracle lasting 40 years. Concise. Clear. Extremely informative.

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very insightful

A very thorough and insightful book. I wish more politicians would read or listern to this audio book

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