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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ted C. Fishman  

Pen Name: None


Born: Highland Park, Illinois



Illinois Connection

Fishman was born in Highland Park. A former floor trader and member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, he lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Fishman is a veteran journalist and former commodities trader who has emerged as a leading expert on the People's Republic of China and its development as a world power. He is noted for taking complex topics - particularly how global economic trends influence people's everyday experieces - and making them understandable and meaningful for a general audiences. Fishman has been featured on ABC, CNN, Fox, the BBC, CNBC, PBS, NPR, Public Radio International, and Sky News (UK), among many others. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Money, Esquire, USA Today, GQ and Chicago Magazine. He also frequently consults local, state, and federal leaders concerned about how to navigate China's economic rise. 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. He is a graduate of Princeton University and currently lives in Chicago.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

China, Inc.: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World
ISBN: 0743257359

Scribner. 2006

China, Inc.: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World

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
ISBN: 1416551026

Scribner. 2010

The New York Times bestselling author of China, Inc. reports on the astounding economic and political ramifications of an aging world.

The world’s population is rapidly aging—by the year 2030, one billion people will be sixty-five or older. As the ratio of the old to the young grows ever larger, global aging has gone critical: For the first time in history, the number of people over age fifty will be greater than those under age seventeen. Few of us under­stand the resulting massive effects on economies, jobs, and families. Everyone is touched by this issue—parents and children, rich and poor, retirees and workers—and now veteran jour­nalist Ted C. Fishman masterfully and movingly explains how our world is being altered in ways no one ever expected.

What happens when too few young people must support older people? How do shrinking families cope with aging loved ones?

What happens when countries need millions of young workers but lack them? How do compa­nies compete for young workers? Why, exactly, do they shed old workers?

How are entire industries being both created and destroyed by demographic change? How do communities and countries remake themselves for ever-growing populations of older citizens? Who will suffer? Who will benefit?

With vivid and witty reporting from American cities and around the world, and through compelling interviews with families, employers, workers, economists, gerontologists, government officials, health-care professionals, corporate executives, and small business owners, Fishman reveals the astonishing and interconnected effects of global aging, and why nations, cultures, and crucial human relationships are changing in this timely, brilliant, and important read.