Death by China

Confronting the Dragon - A Global Call to Action
Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Money & Finance, Economics
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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Peter Navarro (The Coming China Wars) and Greg Autry challenge the dominant paradigm of a "Chinese Miracle" - the one featuring a modernizing, progressive Chinese state heading toward political reform and driving global economic growth with its new found embrace of capitalism and freedom. Tearing this delusion away, Death by China documents the myriad ways that a powerful, wealthy, and corrupt Chinese Communist Party emboldened by a growing nationalistic frenzy is becoming the biggest threat to global peace, prosperity, and health since Nazi Germany.

From currency manipulation and abusive trade policies, to slave labor and deadly consumer products, China's ruthless rulers threaten the livelihood of the citizens of every developed nation. These thugs have created a frightening, amoral society ruled by a constant fear hidden to outsiders and bought off with the ill-gotten profits of a myopic quest for economic advantage at any cost - social, environmental, or civil rights concerns be damned. Worse, as with everything else, China is scaling and exporting this model around this world, threatening its neighbors and exploiting developing nations across the globe with a new imperialism.

While America worries that Al Qaeda or Iran might get their hands on a weapon of mass destruction, China is using our Wal-Mart dollars to build them by the score, filling brand new nuclear submarines with missiles aimed at our heartland and building stealth planes designed to obliterate our friends in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.

America's policy of appeasement and perpetual bending to Beijing's tacit threat to stop funding our unsustainable consumption-based economy and deficit-addicted government has left the Chinese people and the world in a frightening position while achieving absolutely nothing. With each new attempt at further "engagement", China simply rounds up more artists, writers, and political dissidents into its gulags and continues its policies of virtual genocide against the peoples of Tibet and the Uighars of East Turkestan. It tightens control over media and the Internet and expands its regional, territorial, and resource claims. Laughing at our timidity, it becomes ever bolder in executing its plan to shutter every last manufacturing plant in the West.

Meanwhile, Western turncoat CEO's are content with pumping up one more quarterly report by driving every last high-value manufacturing jobs to Guangzhou or Chengdu. Congress is happy to be re-elected with contributions from those same corporations. Together they are happy to leave the rest of us with a future of low-paying service and retail "careers" based on selling junk made in China to each other while accumulating a pile of Chinese debt and building a geopolitical time bomb of epic proportions.

For every American, European, Japanese, or Korean listener who wonders where his job has gone and worries about the world his children will inherit, Death by China is a must listen. The book features an inspiring forward by Chinese Dissident Baiqiao Tang and a brilliant epilogue by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher.

©2011 Pearson Education, Inc. (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Like a modern-day Paul Revere, this book offers the most urgent of warnings about how China is systematically destroying the American economy under the false banner of 'free' trade - and in the process, severely weakening our national defenses." (Ian Fletcher, Senior Economist, Coalition for a Prosperous America)
"A high-powered rifle shot that hits the Beijing bull’s-eye dead-on." (Dylan Ratigan, host of MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show)

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Ridiculous fear monger

This book is ridiculous on so many levels. After listening to a couple chapters I did some research and this guy is a kook

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The author will negotiate our new Trade Deals!

For those not involved in manufacturing and production. You should know that this author is 1000% correct about the lack of concern of many Chinese suppliers with doing good work.

I have seen, personally, many bad castings. Bad forgings, bad valves, and bad workmanship that had to be manually sorted from finished goods to protect clients. I have also seen many designs and products basically stolen from companies.

The author goes beyond manufacturing into agriculture, food processing, mining practices, and computer hacking by America's not so good friend, the "People's" Republic of China

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An Eye Opening Summary of Events in China

Where does Death by China rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would rank this book in the very top of my list of Audio Books simply because of the relevant content and how the author uses verbal footnotes and references from other publications and organizations to back up and support his information.

What did you like best about this story?

The purchase of a new Kindle Fire to pass the time in airports and long car rides brought me back to reading and of course listening to audiobooks. This book turned out to be a great reintroduction to audio books since my wife and I were actually in China for 14 days while I listened to it.When some of the information seemed to be going into gray areas or down paths of interpretation by the Author he provided the names of newspapers, magazines and government agency reports to support his summaries of the actual events.

What does Christopher Hurt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The tone of the audio was very matter of fact with a hint of intrigue. It was almost like listening to a spy reporting to his superiors. Listening to it as opposed to reading it brought out the Authors intended meanings. It would be hard to read this book and get the full impact of the information without the audio.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

As I said, my wife and I were actually in China on a 14 day tour while I listened to the book.It was very difficult to put the Kindle down while visiting many of the sites referenced in the book and seeing first hand the incredible rate of growth China is going through.The book helped explain how and why these changes are happening while our tour guides could only gloss over many of the questions the other members of the tour were asking.

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I'd love to see a follow up by the author now that a few years have past since it was written and many of his predictions or summations have actually proven to be correct.

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Final wake up call for America

Amazinglly well written. The narrator was outstanding in his deliverance of details. This is my very first review, and i have bought almost 200 titles from audible. The greatest book to date from Peter Navarro.

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meh, dated and... so what?

The vitriol spewing in this book is impressive. This is no to say what he's saying isn't for the most part true (some of it is spurious and based on rumors, in that we have no hard evidence to back it up, but the rest is all straight from the newspapers and Chinese friends of mine wouldn't contradict it)... but so what? His suggestions on what we should do to counter China's growing dominance are naive at best. That and some of the bad behaviors that are NOT state sanctioned, well you know that point system everyone has been talking about was set up? It's in part because the central government in China really has a lot less sway over its own people than Americans assume it does, and this is you can't get your kids into a good school or fly on a plane thing is their way of trying put teeth to their laws that till now the average Chinese has just ignored. Also, at this point a lot of what's in the book is heavily dated.

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Very extremist, fringe views already proven wrong

So sorry I bought this. It pushes very extremist, alarmist, fringe views already proven to be wrong.

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Eye opening!

Peter Navarro pointed out the obvious that we somehow don’t see about the whole situation with China and America. We have a sense of something is wrong yet we are conditioned to accept America’s economic decline with a bit of fatalism, as if it is inevitable with no remedy, no culprit, just a natural course of things to come. But once you read this book, you will see the situation clearly and realize that there is way out, if we act now. It is a wake up call to action indeed. Peter laid out the full scope of the economic assault China is waging against America and you realize how wrong many pundits on TV have been and still are. This is a must read for anyone who care about America and its future. It also help us recognize the Communist, totalitarian regime in China that must be dealt with seriously. It is painful to listen to Peter describe how foolish America corporations and CEO’s are and how that foolishness, with greed and ideological blindness, cause some of the most self-defeating decisions to take American company, American wealth, American job off-short.

As an immigrant from Taiwan, I heard of so many story of business from Taiwan moving to China with a naive belief in striking gold but ended up broken and lost everything to a mercantilistic capitalist system that is profit only, morality none.

When China never follows the rule of free trade, it is naive for any country to pretend a one-sided free trade practice will eventually resolve the problem. It won’t. Wrong doing must be called out and confronted. I think we now have a President who is willing and able to do so - I only hope it is not too late. I sincerely hope so.

And I also have hope for the people of China, who has been oppressed and fooled into believing that it is worth giving up freedom in order to profit under totalitarianism. I hope the people wake up soon.

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Do you still really want/ need Chinese stuff

after learning contents of this book one would have to be an abject fool and idiot too think all is well with America. Our lives are literally in their hands and that is not good.

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Nail Biting Facts and Truths. About Time!

if you like Tom Clancy's works you'll love this. sadly it's based on facts and Truths .

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Borderline conspiracy theory. Huge bias.

Ok, China is far from perfect. But this book takes examples of problems and twists them into a way to make people believe there is some kind of greater plan to take over the universe. I am a foreigner living in China. Many of his claims are extremely far fetched. The US doesn't have hackers? US businessmen don't try to cut corners? US politicians are not corrupt? US doesn't use it's military inappropriately? give me a break.
For more insightful books on China, read books by Peter Hessler.

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  • 01-14-19

Only moans.... No solutions or anything...

Not worth downloading... Just moans... Moans and moans.

Navaro Ideas are not very clear... He moans about poor quality of Chinese product then moans about value chain...

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  • 10-26-18

So that’s what’s going on

Great book that explains the economic actions of China that are impacting the world today.