|A memoir on the perils of doing business in China|
When I was almost finished reading Paul Midler's Poorly Made in China, the friend who lent me the book suggested I also read Mr. China by Tim Clissold.I had actually bought the book several years ago on one of my trips to Hong Kong when I was living in Beijing. I read through about half of it and then gave up because the business jargon went over my head and I lost track of the characters in the book.
And so Clissold, Pat and Ai Jian raised over $400 million, bought up a number of factories all over China, signed contracts, put seemly capable managers in place, and then expected the money crank out too fast for them to count.
Clissold talked about similar factory production problems as Midler did, illustrating this in the Chinese beer factory they invested in. The bottles either had flat beer, or not enough, or labels were plastered on upside down.
|Tom Clissold's witty writing makes for a fascinating read|