"Midler has written a fascinating, funny and important book." (Asia Times)
"..an invaluable book for anyone considering doing business in China or teaching a course in international trade...a book for all consumers in countries that import products from China." (Epoch Times)
"...a must-read for people engaged in mainland business." (South China Morning Post)
"Poorly Made in China manages to be both instructive and entertaining, with lessons not only for businesspeople looking to China for profits, but also for our politicians seeking to promote honest trade and U.S. national interests." (National Review)
"Poorly Made In China is not so much a hatchet job on Chinese manufacturers than a lively dissection of the cultural clash between Chinese and Western businessmen." (The Star)
"By the time Midler finishes telling his tale, he has upended a lot of the assumptions about this factory for the world..." (Forbes)
"This book has plenty of laugh-out-loud moments." (Financial Times)
In this entertaining behind-the-scenes account, Paul Midler tells us all that is wrong with our effort to shift manufacturing to China. Now updated and expanded, Poorly Made in China reveals industry secrets, including the dangerous practice of quality fade—the deliberate and secret habit of Chinese manufacturers to widen profit margins through the reduction of quality inputs. U.S. importers don’t stand a chance, Midler explains, against savvy Chinese suppliers who feel they have little to lose by placing consumer safety at risk for the sake of greater profit. This is a lively and impassioned personal account, a collection of true stories, told by an American who has worked in the country for close to two decades. Poorly Made in China touches on a number of issues that affect us all.