China Inc. Book Review
When beginning to read China, Inc.: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World, it seemed the book would be a bit dated, having been published in 2005. Wouldn’t you think so?
When just starting into (or before getting into) the opening chapters of China, Inc., you too might feel the information is a little dated and that the author doesn’t quite ‘get’ China. Boy was I wrong, and you would be too to dismiss this book out of hand.
China Inc. Touches Upon Nearly Every China Related Issue We See Today
Ted Fishman touches upon pretty much every China related issue you can think of, objectively and without much added opinion.
Who China Inc. is For
If you need an overview of China’s current state in the world and the challenges & opportunities it presents, there may be no better book than this one. Included among the many issues presented in the book, you’ll learn about the following (and much more):
- How Wenzhou & the rest of Zhejiang province helped shake China out of its sleeping slumber on its way to super-capitalism
- How the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, along with other long dead initiatives and other policies of communist China actually helped to shape a workforce and country that would much more easily fit the mold of capitalism
- China’s growing income gap & worsening environmental problems
- Why piracy helps China compete on the global stage – and why piracy is likely to go away slowly at best
- All of the factors contributing to the China price
- The sometimes strange connections between China and America’s economies
Who Might not Like China Inc.
If you are someone who has read every book to come out about China in the past several years, then you probably already read this book. If you have read everything else about China from the past several years, than this book might not be worth your time – but then again you might want another look at everything ground-shattering going on in China.
The Bottom Line
China, Inc. is a much better book than I thought it would be. It presents pretty much everything you would want to know about China today.
But one thing it severely lacks is meaningful analysis. The author leaves this up to you. This isn’t a bad thing if you enjoy making such judgement calls for yourself – and there are plenty such calls to make from the book.
All in all, it’s a book about China that is well worth reading.