What s Wrong with China is the most cogent, insightful and penetrating examination I have read on the paradoxes and self-deceptions of Modern China, written by someone who has lived in the country and dealt with it day to day for decades. This book will be hated by the commissars, because it is a triumph of analysis and good sense. PAUL THEROUX
I sure wish I d read this book before heading to China or Chinatown, for that matter. China runs on an entirely different operating system both commercial and personal. Midler s clear, clever analysis and illuminating, often hilarious tales foster not only understanding but respect. MARY ROACH
From the Back Cover
What s Wrong with China is the widely anticipated follow-up to Paul Midler s Poorly Made in China, an expose of China manufacturing practices. Applying a wider lens in this account, he reveals many of the deep problems affecting Chinese society as a whole. Once again, Midler delivers the goods by rejecting commonly held notions, breaking down old myths, and providing fresh explanations of lesser-understood cultural phenomena.
Paul Midler has lived twenty years in East Asia and speaks Mandarin. He works as a consultant and advisor to companies with business interests in the region. His first book, Poorly Made in China, was published to significant acclaim and his follow-up, What's Wrong with China, has been widely anticipated.
Chapter 1: The Pirate Ship Chapter 2: A Mania for Money Chapter 3: Blush of Shame Chapter 4: Beating the System Chapter 5: Intermediaries Chapter 6: Dulled Senses Chapter 7: Emotional Negotiators Chapter 8: Oliver Wendell Holmes Chapter 9: Chemicals, Guns, and Gimcracks Chapter 10: Sinocentric Thinking Chapter 11: "That's My Hand" Chapter 12: Lack of Conscience Chapter 13: Tacit Collusion Chapter 14: Networked Behaviors Chapter 15: Partner on the Deal Chapter 16: Self-Regulating Empire Chapter 17: Corps De Ballet Chapter 18: Informal Paradox Chapter 19: Brown Numbers Chapter 20: Reform, Reform, Reform Chapter 21: The Dynastic Cycle Chapter 22: Nibble, Nibble... Chapter 23: The Social Order Chapter 24: Cat s Paws and Telegraphed Punches Chapter 25: The Great Absorber Chapter 26: Kleptoparasitism Chapter 27: Cleaning the Slate Chapter 28: Massacred in Business Chapter 29: The China Watchers Chapter 30: Isolationist PastChapter 31: The Benefit of the Doubt