Poorly Made in China
An Insider's Account of the Tactics Behind China's Production Game
By Paul Midler
Wiley, Hardcover, 9780470405581, 256pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 2009
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Praise for Poorly Made in China
"This fast-paced travelogue through the world of Chinese manufacturing is scary, fascinating, and very funny. Midler is not only a knowledgeable guide to the invisible underbelly of the global economy, he is a sympathetic and astute observer of China, its challenges, and its people. A great read."
—PIETRA RIVOLI, author of The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy
"Paul Midler takes us for a ride through the fastest-growing economy in the world, revealing what can—and sometimes does—go wrong when U.S. companies shift production to China. Working in the heart of China's export hub, in the country's southern region, he has the advantage of a front-row seat to the no-holds-barred games played between manufacturers and importers. He introduces us to a cast of real-life characters and tells his story with a mix of affection and skepticism for what is taking place in China today. Midler delivers a revealing and often funny tale of life and commerce in a country whose exports touch nearly everyone on the planet."
—SARA BONGIORNI, author of A Year Without 'Made in China': One Family's True Life Adventure in the Global Economy
Paul Midler graduated from college in 1992 with a concentration in Chinese history and language. After working in China for a number of years, he returned to the United States to complete graduate studies in business with a focus on East Asia. Midler holds an MBA from Wharton and a master's in international studies from the University of Pennsylvania's Lauder Institute. In the course of his career, he has assisted companies of all sizes in a diverse range of industries, working directly with hundreds of manufacturers in China.