Review: Mr. China – Tim Clissold

Mr. China tells the rollicking story of a young man who goes to China with the misguided notion that he will help bring the Chinese into the modern world, only to be schooled by the most resourceful and creative operators he would ever meet. Part memoir, part parable, Mr. China is one man’s coming-of-age story where he learns to respect and admire the nation he sought to conquer.

I have a fascination with China, its still one of those mysterious countries to me, you always think you have knowledge of different places but China is a superpower yet its an enigma and this a book I picked up that told of a story how they lost a lot of money trying to bring the west to China and make money the way they know how. Tim Clissold is an English author so it was a different point of view, he lived and breathed China before jumping into the businesses in the early 90s. This book was publish in 2003 so they were telling the stories of China before it became the manufacturing superpower that it is now, when communism was everything and government had full control of every aspect. The book tells the story as he progressed to joining Patrick another big shot from Wallstreet to raise money and invest in China, but it turned out to be a different kind of beast and the Chinese were dealing with their own transformation at the time. All I knew about China back in the 90s was Tiananmen Sqaure, the One Child Rule, the Return Of Hong Kong, and Jackie Chan. Of course that changed as I grew up but still I wanted to know how the transformation happen and this book gives you that idea, even though it is a bit at a slow pace you get to go through his mind as he progressed from one issue to another.

Link: Amazon

On The Shelf

Recently I have had the chance to read a few different books and if one picks up my interest I just keep on reading it and this is how I ended up reading four books at the same time, its taking me a lot of time to finish them but still keeps it interesting. Reading them is like watching one episode of a show after another, right now I’m picking up the pace on Machine Man and I’m wrapping up Heroes Of The Valley, and Mr China looks interesting.

  • Mr China – Tim Clissold
  • Machine Man – Max Barry
  • Heroes Of The Valley – Jonathan Stroud
  • Nerd Do Well – Simon Pegg

Reading Now 03/10

I buy a ridiculous amount of books and I don’t have enough time to finish them. Recently I have been reading some interesting business and technology books, I don’t like something being dry when I read it or else I would get bored and have a hard time finishing it. Whenever I finish a good book I have no clue what to choose next and I have piles of books all over the place with items hidden left and right, so to find the right book is always a challenge after finishing a good one. Recently I have been reading more business and technology books because I feel that they will get old if I don’t read them right now, its a strange feeling I have but with other books it doesn’t matter.


Legend – David Gemmell (Old Book but new Print, one of the best fantasy stories period)
Brilliant “Shuji Nakamura” – Bob Johnstone (Work in Japan and the Revolution in Lighting Technology)
In and Out Burger – Stacy Perman (All about this little fast food burger place that turned into a cult following)
Yakuza Moon – Shoko Tendo (This book loses me at times, I want to finish the story since I started it over a year ago)