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alibaba: The Inside Story Behind Jack Ma and the Creation of the World's Biggest Online Marketplace

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  57 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
The first in-depth look at the multibillion-dollar company—known to many as "China's eBay"—and the inspirational story behind the man who created it.

A bestseller in China and now translated into English and updated with recent events, Alibaba by Liu Shiying and Martha Avery tells the remarkable story behind the Internet phenomenon and its founder Ja
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 24th 2009 by HarperBusiness
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Lemuel Dennis
Nov 19, 2016 Lemuel Dennis rated it it was ok
Interesting facts, but poorly written. Reads like a textbook, not enough detail. And its obvious that, to the author, Jack Ma and Alibaba can do no wrong.
Jan 03, 2015 Laura rated it did not like it
This book should have been far better than it was: the lead author is a Chinese journalist, and the secondary author is an author/translator. So, where was the editor? Why no footnotes supporting the claims, quotes and statistics cited? Why no complex sentences?

Given the importance of China, this book could have been a Must Read for businesses looking to figure out how/what to do in that country. Instead it's a 288-page essay written by someone in the 8th/9th grade. Ma "feels", "knows", "states"
Dec 26, 2009 Jonathan rated it did not like it
While it was interesting learning a bit about Ma and alibaba, this book comes across as a glowing PR puff piece. The goal of the book seems to have been to suck up to Ma rather than actually tell the story of the man and his company.

Several times, the authors refer to events and stories that may or may not be true, saying as such. Isn't it your job as a writer to do some research and prove/disprove them?

Also, the writing itself is horrific. It is appalling that someone like Martha Avery (who is
Jun 04, 2014 Aditya rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
Horribly written, this book still gives a glimpse into what made AliBaba the massive success it is. As other reviews have noted, the book seems like a propaganda piece for Jack Ma. I think it is worse. It reads like a school girl writing about her favorite Bollywood hero.

The sad part is that Jack Ma has indeed done something remarkable. The least he deserves is a balanced review. Hope other books are written lest this caricature of a book remains the only record.

I give two stars for Jack Ma. Th
Savil Srivastava
Jan 17, 2010 Savil Srivastava rated it liked it
This book was an interesting introduction to Jack Ma and the company he created. The first few chapters give inspiring insight into Jack's energy and how he grew from his humble beginnings to recognize the potential of the internet to transform how Chinese businesses can be run. Unfortunately, the second half reads like some Alibaba Inc. propaganda sheet on how the company rose to its current heights. Hence the 3 stars for what is actually a 4.5 star story.
Jul 20, 2009 Matthew rated it did not like it
Shelves: business-history
This counts as journalism? Informative in some respects and thus perhaps a necessary read for investors, but otherwise utterly one-sided. Co-authors Liu Shiying and Martha Avery are apparently respectively a journalist and head of a media consulting company, and a Chinese business author with a Wharton MBA. Whatever. They should be ashamed of themselves.
Jia Yuan
Sep 24, 2010 Jia Yuan rated it really liked it
Told a good story about Jack Ma, and business is done in Asia or more specifically China (its not the usual American narrative stuff - which can be a turn off sometimes).
Inspiring and had quite a bit of quoteworthy lines.
Definitely worth a reread in the future.
Oct 06, 2012 Duncan rated it liked it
The first half was decent, then the dates of the events are blurred and wrong, and the last half was butchered and half-assed. Felt like some copy and paste was involved between chapters. Also felt like some parts of the book was written by translating the interviews from youtube videos.
Joo Parn Ong
Apr 30, 2015 Joo Parn Ong rated it really liked it
A page turner on how Jack Ma built Ali Baba from scratch, from the crocodile in Yangtze eating off eBay and on how it slowly paves it way to global.

Insightful and easy to read.

Thumbs up!
I think the author got the dates wrong. 10 ppl started working on Taobao in April 2003, and in May 2003 they released it to the public? In just a few months?
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Sep 25, 2013 Steven rated it really liked it
Great Biography on one of the great entrepreneur's of china
Enjiao rated it it was ok
Jan 21, 2012
Aug 09, 2009 Kate rated it it was ok
Corporate hagiography. Not that Jack Ma hasn't earned one, but still.
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Aug 13, 2016 Kwang Wei Long rated it it was amazing
good chronological detailing of Jack Ma and Alibaba and his thoughts about business
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