China's Economy

What Everyone Needs to Know®
Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (162 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Informative but a tad dull

Nothing about the military or tax system or internal economy of the Communist party or relevance oh Hong Kong or Tibet. Useful for what it had to offer. Worthwhile by limited.

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China’s development alternatives set in context

Manages to structure complexities of China’s developmental agenda. Book quantifies standard developmental metrics (GDPpc, rise in purchasing power, FDI trends, financial leverage, domestic fiscal capacity), contrasting China’s path to East Asian economies that have followed “Developmental state” theory. Book introduces China’s institutional arrangement. Above mentioned trends are set in the political, environmental and social context. Linking developments to root policy decisions / reactions, to extent it is possible.

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robotic narration is distracting

The narration is so poor that it distracts from the actual content of the book. It almost sounded robotic - like if Siri had read the book. The pronunciation of Chinese names was absolutely egregious. I don't expect 100% authentic pronunciations, but in this book it was particularly bad.

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comprehensible and encompassing

a brilliant presentation of china's economy and future prospect using a simplified approach... Book has great expository values and highly detailed with facts.

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great information, but a lot had happened since

I only wish it were written yesterday instead of 2015. one belt, one road has moved forward a great deal. I am very interested in the current statistics

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good information. detailed.

very detailed and inciteful. explores all aspects of China economy and political developments over the past 50 years. written in 2015, so its pretty current but I bet it will get updated in a few years as much is happening over there.

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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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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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  • Charles Robinson
  • 10-06-19

Interested and detailed

I am new to audio books and was interested in the Subject matter which is well research and delivered in detail on wish the narrator would have been easier to listen to. I would recommend this book if you are very interested in how China has developed since 1970 to 2014 and where China is going.

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  • s t ollis
  • 05-01-19

a very good listen

a very informative listen. i really appreciated the unbiased nature of the author and the analysis based outcome of his rationale. brilliant stuff

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  • Fabian Fuentes
  • 07-25-18

Readers voice is horrible.

I can’t speak to the book because I had to stop after 1 chapter because the reader was so bad. Sounds like a computer generated voice with unnatural pauses. I suggest you skip the audiobook and just get this on kindle if you’re interest in the topic. That’s what I’m now doing having wasted my money on this crappy audiobook.

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