Ted Fishman

Ted Fishman

Author of the international bestselling book "China, Inc., How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World"

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International Expert on the Emergence of China as a Superpower, Author of China, Inc.

The author of the international bestselling book China, Inc., How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World, has helped describe for the world the effects of China's momentous change on the lives and businesses of people everywhere.  In addition to its success in America, the book, translated and published in 21 languages, is an international bestseller.  In 2006, it will appear in Chinese editions in both The People’s Republic and Taiwan.  Fishman’s has testified before Congressional committees and commissions and consults on China with a wide range of government officials, including some of the nation’s most influential office holders. 

Other Writings

His essays and reports appear in many of the world's most prominent journals, including The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Esquire, USA Today, GQ, The Times of London, Money, Worth, INC, Business 2.0, German GEO and Chicago Magazine. His commentaries have been featured on Public Radio International's "This American Life and American Public Media’s Marketplace."

International Speaker and Presenter

An accomplished public speaker who has addressed gatherings worldwide, Ted Fishman’s speeches reflect the intelligence and wit readers find in his writing.  Most recently his talks have focused on the emergence of China and its impact of the lives of Americans as consumers, workers, managers and citizens.  His presentations combine engaging story telling with a wide ranging knowledge about the world economy, putting into context the his audiences top concerns and exploring how they relate to big, global economic trends. His talks are lively and stimulating.  Question and answer periods are inevitably engaging.

Areas of Interest

Fishman's writing is noted for taking seemingly vastly complex topics and making them understandable and meaningful for a general audience. Fishman is particularly interested in how big global economic trends bare on people's everyday experience.  He has been featured on ABC World News Tonight, NBC’s Today Show, CNN, Fox, CNBC, NPR, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC and Sky News (UK). A former floor trader and member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, he ran his own trading firm until 1992.  He has lived and worked in Japan and Indonesia.

Education

Fishman is a graduate of Princeton University.

The Urgency of China: How the China’s Next Act Changes Our World

No country--since the rise of the United States--has ever challenged the rest of the world on so many fronts as the rise of China does today. Ted Fishman explores the dynamic behind China's rise and how the vast changes in that country change life for the rest of us as workers, managers, consumers, citizens and even as parents. In the wake of the global financial crisis, China has embarked on the most ambition stimulus plan and infrastructure building effort in the world. It is also vastly expanding it education system so help push the nation and its people to the top of world economy. The stakes are enormously high for people everywhere, and nothing about China’s continual rise is assured. Fishman explores the fundamental drivers of China’s push and what the rest of the world must do to insure that China’s drive creates prosperity at home, in the United States or wherever home may be. With urgency, humor and insight, Fishman brings China’s next stage vividly home.

Gray New World

Two remarkable, recent facts separate our age from every other. Nearly everywhere in the world families are shrinking dramatically in size and people are living longer than ever before. Through story, statistics and keen analysis, Ted Fishman makes a powerful case that these two historic changes lie at the heart of nearly every major social and economic trend today, driving globalization and propelling the movement of money, goods and people. The average age of people in the industrialized world is climbing, and worldwide the population over 55 is vastly expanding. The populations of many countries at the heart of the world economy are shrinking. Workforces in Europe and East Asia will shrink by hundreds of millions of workers, and spur vast waves of immigration. Even the world economic crisis is inseparable from the big demographic shift. Understanding this immense, unprecedented change is essential to the stewardship of companies, organizations and communities that aim to endure and thrive. Fishman has traveled our grayer future and found what's bright, what's stormy, and he is creating a map we all will need to navigate a great change. Fishman’s book, on these themes will appear in 2010 from Scribner Books.

Small Places, Big Advantages

Smaller places can thrive in the global economy if they harness their best assets: strong community, committed boosters and close-knit networks. Ted Fishman whose book, China, Inc., describes the effects of changes in the world’s most populous country on people everywhere, explores how smaller places are uniquely poised to profit as the needs of large economies propel globalization. Fishman matches the strengths of smaller places with the needs of the world’s biggest economic actors. While not all small places thrive, nearly all of the world’s richest places (per capita) are small-scale places, and nearly all of the world’s most globalized economies, with highest skilled professional workforces are also small places. Fishman’s talks build on interviews and research into the economy of his local audiences. He provides insights that can serve, among others, communities, local economic development bodies, workforce boards, educational institutions, chambers of commerce and local industries looking to provide thought leadership in their communities.

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  • Shock of Gray: The Aging of the World's Population and How it Pits Young Against Old, Child Against Parent, Worker Against Boss, Company Against Rival, and Nation Against Nation
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Testimonials

  • “China, Inc. is the amazing story of how the slumbering Red giant woke up and, at warp speed, transformed itself into the greatest superpower of the very near future -- with the biggest, tallest, longest, and fastest of just about everything there is. Fishman will forever change your view not just of China's place in the world -- but of America's as well.”

    Craig Unger
    author of House of Bush, House of Saud
  • If the 20th was the American century, then the 21st belongs to China. It’s that simple, Ted C. Fishman says, and anyone who doubts it should take his whirlwind tour of the world’s fastest-developing economy.

    William Grimes
    NEW YORK TIMES
  • China, Inc.: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World is a must-read for American business people who operate in, buy from or compete with China… journalist Ted C. Fishman presents a first-rate read about how China came to be the economic power it is today.

    Philip C. Adams
    Chicago Sun-Times
  • THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK may be growing up too fast. Warnings about the downside of China’s galloping economic growth and its increasing impact on the global balance of power have begun bleeding through the happy talk about its vast market, its endless supply of lowest-wage workers, and the unbeatable bargains it delivers to U.S. consumers.

    Susan Witty
    Barron's
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