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Midler is direct, pulls no punches and leaves you with a clear understanding of the hows and whys behind all those news stories you hear of yet another recalled product that was made (poorly) in China. I can truely say, I could'nt put it down and listened every moment I could until the end. Having just investigated a the recall of a life-protecting and China-made spring for Scuba Diving that corroded in salt water, this book made it all clear as to the likely scenario.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Midler worked as a consultant to firms, mostly American, wanting to manufacture in China, and served as a translator/mediator/man-on-the-ground for his American employers. As such he often discovered the ways the Chinese factory owners play various quality games to increase their profits, regardless of contracts, previous understanding, or even what we view as basic safety and quality standards.
His book provides a fascinating view into what goes on in such factories, and the different point-of-view the Chinese manufacturers have of things, both economic and cultural, which make dialogue often difficult and frustrating.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, which was very ably read by Midler himself (a reasonable choice, as he often mentions and explains Chinese words and phrases).
I found only two issues with this book - first, the points he makes are sometimes repetitive, making the same observation twice or more. Some judicious editing would have removed these instances. Second, being mostly a collection of different experiences, the book feels disjointed at times. Though every tale serves a purpose, and Midler ties them together reasonably well, it doesn't feel continuous enough.
These points are minor, though, and did not seriously affect my enjoyment of this enlightening work.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Certainly a must listen to for anyone contemplating finding manufacturers for their goods in China. What we realise is the Chinese are a completely different culture to ours in the west and play the business game to their own set of rules - and the rules frequently change as they go along!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Author goes over many interesting scenarios and stories which are eye openers how China culture is different from the Western. However, I am unsure if I would recommend this book with the notion &quot;it's a must have if you want to import from china&quot; because the book leaves you with a bitter sweet taste in your mouth. You might even end up hating Chinese after listening to this.
The author focuses only on the parts how Chinese always have the upper hand. There was only one story in the whole book where Bernie used smart tactics to get the upper hand with the negotiations. I feel like there should had been more positive lessons.