After graduating from Cambridge, Tim Clissold set up Arthur Andersen's China Investment Services, learnt Mandarin and then co-founded a private equity group investing in China. He has lived and worked in the country for the last 20 years and since his early misadventures has negotiated deals worth over $1 billion. He lives in Beijing with his wife and children.
An instant classic. * Time * It's got big money, charismatic capitalists, Communist apparatchiks, crime and mysterious disappearances . . . [but] it's not just a novel - it's true. * Daily Telegraph * Every foreign company in China should arm its executives with a copy of this shocking, funny and culturally sympathetic account of the perils of doing business in the Wild West. * Economist * No business history can ever have been such an enjoyable read as this. Any visiting businessman should be obliged to buy a copy before boarding the plane. -- Chris Patten