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October 14th, 2009

11Poorly Made in China continues to do well. For those interested, a quick roundup of good news from around the world:

1. Bangkok Post. In a recent editorial, the Thai newspaper said that the book is “strongly recommended,” especially for those who want to study Chinese business practices.

2. Financial Times. A brief review was printed along with mentions of two others, noting that there has been a shift from quantity to quality in books on China. An unusual side note: Poorly Made in China was a nominee for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs business book of 2009. It was exciting there for a while. In the end, just glad to see that we at least made their paper, and pleased that the book was (appropriately) mentioned in the travel section!

3. Germany Chamber of Commerce. In the group’s October-November 2009 publication, the Shanghai-based club had some nice things to say about the book (“strong meat with a sweet note”).

4. Globe and Mail. The Canadian paper wrote about how China has a long way to go in the area of quality control. One of the points from the article: Chinese workers cannot often afford the products that they manufacture. I made a point of it in the book, that this is a contributing factory to quality failures.

5. Business Times (Singapore). “Chronicling The China Rip-Off” was the title of this book review by Victor Fic. He praised the book as a meaningful warning and asked: “Is China listening?” Unfortunately, the article is locked behind a firewall.

6. Audible. Poorly Made in China has been picked up by Audible, the audio company now owned by Amazon.com. It may take a while to produce, but this is good news for those who prefer the sound of a book to the look of it.

You might notice that all of the publications mentioned above are foreign. Not a single American publication. I don’t know why U.S. media has not been on top of this title, but they might have been more aggressive on the reporting– especially given how much is at stake for consumers in America.

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