Clark, Duncan. "Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built"

Casey Watters*

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Alibaba became famous in the United States in 2014 when it was listed on the
New York Stock Exchange and became the largest initial public offering (IPO) in
history. In China, the company has radically changed the way people shop and even created a national shopping holiday that surpassed Black Friday in sales. This book concentrates on the unique character and ambition of founder Jack Ma, while simultaneously chronicling the development of Alibaba from an apartment where you “could count the number of cofounders...a shelf in the bathroom,” to the multibillion dollar corporation that has transformed life in China. As an advisor to Alibaba in the early years, Clark (chairman, investment
advisory firm BDA China) is qualified to provide riveting stories about Ma, including his becoming a Tai Chi master to his role in boardroom spats. The study will appeal to those interested in business, China, ecommerce, and readers who are curious about the vibrant personality behind one of the
world’s greatest success stories.
This absorbing and well-written portrayal of Ma’s character, and his role in Alibaba’s development will appeal to a wide range of readers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120
Number of pages1
JournalLibrary Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes


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