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The China Dream

Wandering through the bookstore in Changi just now, I found an older (2002) book by the writer of the article in Newsweek I mentioned yesterday, Joe Studwell.

Snaffled it up!

Image of The China Dream

Something struck me as I read the back-cover blurb:

Ever since the time of Marco Polo, the world has seen China as an unrivaled opportunity for expanding trade. Century after century, businessmen have invested time and resources only to have the economy crash and their dreams turn to dust. Yet they will always return.


The one unignorable law of history is that people will always ignore the law of history.

You may quote me. CC licence applies.

Of course, this doesn't refer to a friend of mine who got REALLY rich from an investment in an Australian company that is kicking butt in China - they won a contract for his small super-efficient hot-water heaters for new domestic apartment blocks in Shanghai and/or Beijing.

Most of his money however is going to his ex-wife after the divorce... Actually I think the history quote could almost apply here as well.


Been a bit slack with Anobii lately, must catch up on my recent purchases.



Posted by: expat@large on Jul 26, 07 | 1:05 pm | Profile


i've been buying what i call "future reads" because if i don't i'll forget ... now i need new bookcases

Posted by: savannah on Jul 27, 07 | 1:57 am

Sav: stop channelling my obsessions...

Posted by: expat@large on Jul 28, 07 | 1:40 am

must i, sugar?

Posted by: savannah on Jul 28, 07 | 5:24 am

My IT-Gimp, after a severe beating, informs me that the error in the forums submission table has now been corrected. Hope to see you on board soon.

Lord Playboy

Posted by: Lord Playboy on Jul 30, 07 | 11:46 am


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