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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.

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