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Chasing China: How I Went to China in Search of a Fortune and Found a Life

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An astonishing, cautionary tale of how Westerner Mark Kitto built a successful media empire in China, creating and running 3 magazines, only to have the state take his business, and his livelihood, away.

“I had fought off attacks from jealous rivals and been investigated by every bureau with the slightest connection to publishing, and by many who did not: nine in total. I
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 22nd 2009 by Skyhorse Publishing (first published April 1st 2009)
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I don't know. Maybe the title of this book is a little misleading.Chasing China ?Chasing fortune ?Mark failed to accomplish that in China obviously .He says he liked China.Why .maybe he just wanted to find his fortune there only he didn't. And then he begins his revealing of China ,of the social system and so on .Most of them are true ,however it's like a grumpy guy rambling about a so complicated country.By the way I am a Chinese and I am totally OK with those critiques of the negative stuffs i ...more
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This book would help the reader in several platforms; for it could be (and it is) a guidebook on starting, running and surviving in business in China dodging the official onslaught. Or it could be a tour guide to china or more precisely Moganshan. Simultaneously it would strike you as a source of inspiration, which gives you a “well-detailed” tale of a man who fought the Chinese official dragon and its several sister entities in course of doing his business in china.
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Crazy story, this.

So my husband and I decided to take a small vacation over our winter break to a local mountain called Moganshan - about an hour and a half from Hangzhou. We arranged to stay at a hotel through a guy who runs a restaurant at the mountaintop called "The Lodge," where we also made arrangements for dinner.

So that evening we arrive to have dinner there, whereupon our host mentions that he's just written a book about the mountain - the first of its kind in English about the area. Jo
Jul 21, 2009 Catherine rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
The description lead me to believe that this book would focus on living and working in modern day China from Kitto's perspective, who is an ex-patriot entrepreneur. All of that was true.

What the description didn’t reveal was that Kitto’s account would be ponderous, poorly written, and an appallingly edited book of clumsily compiled essays written by a pompous, whiny egomaniac. Most of the stories were painfully dull. By the time I was two-thirds of the way through I began skimming. Really disapp
Nov 02, 2009 Louvaine marked it as to-read
Just started it, but intriguing account of a forgotten resort city in the mountains has me hooked.
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