Death by China: Confronting the Dragon - A Global Call to Action
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Death by China: Confronting the Dragon - A Global Call to Action

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The world's most populous nation and soon-to-be largest economy is rapidly turning into the planet's most efficient assassin. Unscrupulous Chinese entrepreneurs are flooding world markets with lethal products. China's perverse form of capitalism combines illegal mercantilist and protectionist weapons to pick off American industries, job by job. China's emboldened military...more
ebook, 319 pages
Published May 5th 2011 by Pearson FT Press
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Lisa Eskra
After reading the blurb on the back cover, I expected this book to take an overly alarmist stance regarding China. In a few places I think it does, but for the most part the authors' present many alarming and powerful arguments against China. Some of it I remember reading about in the news, but a lot of it was brushed under the rug and forgotten about. It's a shame this doesn't get more attention by our media. I've long been wary of China siphoning away our jobs and their growing military, but t...more
Wendy Hines
Death by China is a first-hand look at how China is the greatest threat to America and why. It's discussed about how many Americans die daily from poisoned food, spiked drugs, toxic toys and more that all come from China. Many US Industries have partnered with China to get these items imported into the states at a fraction of the cost. Many jobs in the US have been disposed of because they can get the work done cheaper across seas.

But what has that done for our economy? And how are the people in...more
Stein
The authors are not afraid to stack one indictment on top of the other to convince their readers that China poses a threat of monumental proportions to all countries—especially to the USA—in virtually every sphere of international interaction whether it be political, commercial, economic, judicial, military, environmental, communicative, health, educative or religious. Indeed, the threat is intranational, to China itself, as well as international, impacting the rest of the world. In well documen...more
Bill Lockton
Now that I’m done, I still feel it does a great job at exposing how we have been creating our own long-term economic downfall by trying to maximize our near-term profits. If the US economy ends up failing and we end up becoming a client state of China, it will be because of our short sighted greed. It seems to already be happening. I picked up the book because I’ve been watching this trend myself and was curious what the authors had put together. Their point is that we are doing much of it to ou...more
Jen Rothmeyer
First, while I am glad that I read this book and will be following up with the various citations it made to explore more onto the issue, I find fault often with the language. I realize that it is a “call to action,” but I don’t generally approve of sensationalist or manipulative language. As an example, on page 34 when discussing the corrosive drywall that had a huge negative impact on the homes being rebuilt in wake of the disastrous hurricanes and flooding, the authors state the following, “As...more
Mary
Even though the book has copious end notes, it is written in such an inflammatory, exclamatory style that I found it unconvincing. I'd prefer more facts and less outrage. I guess I should have been forewarned by the title, "Call to Action". I do think we have allowed China to move into a preemptive position with regard to our economic welfare, which is why I selected the book to read. And, I do avoid consumption of the Walmart/Hobby Lobby/ prelandfill stock. More reason, less alarm would have be...more
Helen
While I don't agree with everything in the book, I do think the authors make some valid and crucial points that need to be taken seriously. The authors' claims are backed by real data, and even if the rhetoric seems alarmist or incendiary, the facts alone speak for themselves. The implications of the book will have a profound impact on every global citizen, and especially the American public (its primary audience). It needs to be read by everyone, politicians and housewives alike.
Mark
Although though Pater Navarro brings up some legitimate concerns, the book is written with such sensationalism that it negates all of the concerns. I laughed out loud many times. But congratulations to Mr. Navarro for keeping Yellow Fever alive and well.
Andy Rapt
Absurdist and racist piece of Anti-Chinese propaganda of the lowest order. Non-Americans will find this book very irritating, the writer seems to care only about the Americans losing their jobs due to the flood of Chinese imports and doesn't give a shit about people from other countries with the same problem. Why would the rest of world and especially China care about what happens to American people? Did Americans ever care about the consequences of their foreign policies?
The writer ought to sor...more
Nailmouth
Although full of potentially useful information regarding what is currently the world's second largest economy, the book is marred by its alarmist rhetoric and overall reactionary tone. As much as the book's author tries to warn readers about the dangers of what is arguably a controversial and contradictory country (I'm writing this while in China), it comes across as paranoid and ethnocentric in most chapters.

Having said that, it is worth a glance, at least to have a better idea of what potenti...more
John Vanbrunt,
Few notes from the book:

this gave me an intro into the World Trade Organization (WTO). When China enter the WTO in 2001 America believed this would help led China to a democracy or more Capitalistic society.

-In order for China to produce products for 1/10 of the cost then here in the USA, China demonstrate they are still not abiding by the rules of the WTO. Until the Chinese abandon unfair trade practices on illegal export subsides, currency manipulation and labor laws - America will not be abl...more
Viviane Crystal
The United States to any astute observer has become a nation dealing with the after-effects of multiple disasters, some natural and some very man-made in nature. What is sorely lacking is a large dose of preventative measures meant to restore our economic, military, social, psychological, cultural, educational, etc. leadership throughout the world. That usually means preventing a problem from beginning; but in this well-researched, critical novel, the call is for individuals and the government o...more
Michael Griswold
Death by China by Peter Navarro and Greg Autry was a very quick read though impact and frightening about the many ways China kills and is killing people both domestically and abroad. The analysis begins with the conventional coverage of the various food recalls that have killed or injured spates of people and pets not just in the United States, but in Japan and in China itself. Then it moves into China's weapons of job destruction through technology transfers, downright technology theft and unfa...more
Daniela
The fact that I am giving this book only three stars does not mean that it wasn't good. I did have a few qualms with it though; the main one being that I thought it was very sensationalist in terms of writing style and that it made some serious accusations that, although I do find to be credible based on what I've seen on the news and read about, were not backed up by citations. At times I also felt that the author was making broad generalizations (and even assumptions) about the motives of Chin...more
Julie
The true luxury provided to the Chinese government is their ability to plot a long view strategy that our politicians with their short term election cycle attention spans cannot imagine nor afford. This book succinctly reviews a large catalog of the threats that face us, both well covered in the press and others that are oddly absent in the public arena. The authors then challenge us as free people with self determination to take action to combat this enormous, multi-pronged crisis. While I am h...more
Word Owl
There are definitely some well-reasoned arguments in here. His tone is somewhat paranoid, but realistically so when you take into consideration the threat China may actually pose to North American economy. You can read some of my more in depth thoughts here.
Harry Nguyen
Feel like I would be working for the Chinese government & know all of its plots to rule the world: defying the US, threatening the rest of the world by its lethal products, being a nasty neighbor in East Sea disputes. The book is like a wake-up call ever to man kind to be wary of China's plots.
Isaac Raichart
In the book death by china they talk about how they use their production of low cost products. Their low costs of products puts country’s out of business. They talk about how china has bankrupted many third world countries and are now working on us. They explain how china subsidized there companies to keep their prices low and it is destroying other competing country’s economies. Chinas lack of environmental regulation and product safety regulations combined to injure and kill consumers and dest...more
Allison
2.5 for this NDA rant (no data, but angry). As a pugnacious provocateur, Navarro pulls no punches and lands some solid hits - but occasionally hits below the belt. I'm no China apologist and find that he articulates quite a few issues important to me, but the book reads like a litany of exaggerated anecdotes. Without rigorous research, these truncated news articles are reframed in inflammatory language and emotionally manipulative. I think the important messages might be drowned out by his volub...more
Brian Bigelow
Apr 14, 2012 Brian Bigelow rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Expose readers.
This won't be everyones cup of tea. I'm at the 18% mark right now and it's pretty much what I expected. It's also a book that I reviewed for Amazon's Vine program a while back.

I'm finding it well written on the final edition of the book. I'm not really noticing too many differences from the beta version I reviewed. I will note that it is extremely negative on China just to warn you if you decide to read it but that is a common thread in expose books which this one is.
Bill
This book is just too unbelievable. The author left me with the impression that he couldn't trust the facts to be convincing enough on their own, so he exaggerates them. I'm sure China exports some crap, but Navarro would have you believe every single thing that leaves their borders is either poisonous, flammable, carcinogenic, or radioactive.

I was looking for a book I could discuss with my friends. This wasn't it.
Lavinia
Though slightly propagandistic, interesting.
Holly
More like Death by Hyperbole. The author's (potentially) valid points were lost in their overly-dramatic writing style. I don't really need to constantly be reminded of the Chinese manufacturers' "black hearts". Generalizations serve no one.
Doris-Maria


A real eye-opener, fantastic recherche. One day the books predictions will be seen as true.
The Orwell of geo-politics. Sometimes a bit to fanatically written. Too much bashing.
However, professor Navarro created a "Must-Read" not only for politicians, but for everyone of us.
Jennifer Boyce
The authors main points were simple to follow, making this book an incredibly informative and easy read. The only thing I'm unsure about is how credible this book is. But overall, a decent and informative book.
Chris Lanterman
A bit of hyperbole, and a lot of "what ifs" based upon circumstantial evidence, but I like reading the whole spectrum of China books, from "China is evil!" to "China is the next model of what to be like."
jeffrey
Yes, it is alarmist, and I was bothered by the supermarket check stand magazine sensationalist language. Yet each randomly selected reference I could verify. I'm convinced this is cause for major concern.
Eric
Its writing is a little breathless, but understandable when considering the avoidable results we're all living with. Not a cheerful read but a public service and call to action.
Cindy Winder delong
Wow! What an eye-opener! I feel so bad for the exploited Chinese people. I want to have no part in increasing the power and wealth of their corrupt leaders.
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A Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. He received several teaching awards in 2010 for the MBA programs that he teaches.

Navarro ran for office in San Diego, California, three times. In 1992, he ran for mayor, winning the primary race, but losing to Susan Golding in th...more
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