Simplified Chinese rights sold to Jorma Ollila’s bestselling autobiography Against All Odds!

Ollila_Mahdoton-menestys_kansi-204x300We are happy to announce that Shanghai Dook Publishing has acquired the simplified Chinese rights to Against All Odds (Otava 2013), legendary CEO Jorma Ollila’s autobiography and first-person account of the rise and fall of Nokia. Rights were sold in the beginning of December in the U.S. to Maven House Press.

Dook publishes translated and Chinese non-fiction and fiction, including the works of Mario Puzo, Isaac Asimov and Ursula Le Guin, and has had a prominent business book line since 2010. The publishing house was selected on Forbes’ list of China’s most potential businesses four years in a row, and many of their books have become huge bestsellers in the Chinese market.

Against All Odds, co-authored by Harri Saukkomaa, was Finland’s bestselling narrative nonfiction title in 2013. Jorma Ollila, CEO of  Nokia from 1992 to 2006, turned the company into the world’s leading mobile phone manufacturer. The book narrates Ollila’s personal and professional journey, exploring the fine line between stratospheric success and catastrophic failure, the nature of leadership – and the human element of business, including encounters with figures such as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.

Praise for Against All Odds: 

“The book offers an insightful account of Nokia and the mobile revolution, but just as important Ollila’s riveting stories are filled with lessons about the nature of leadership, the importance of shared values, and the need for strategic thinking.”
Jim Pennypacker, Publisher, Maven House Press

“Ollila prepared his autobiography for ten years. Journalist Harri Saukkomaa has turned it into an entertaining story in the strongest possible bestseller style. This biography is a meticulously polished diamond.”
– Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, Finland


Original publisher: FINLAND, Otava
CHINA, Shanghai Dook Publishing
ESTONIA, Äripäev (Bonnier)
UNITED STATES, Maven House Press

Reading material:

Full English text
Finnish edition
English synopsis


About author

Jorma Ollila

Jorma Ollila became the pre-eminent European businessman of his generation during his time as CEO of Nokia Corporation from 1992 to 2006. Ollila currently works as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Royal Dutch Shell and at Outokumpu. He has master’s degrees in economics from the London School of Economics, in engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology and in political science from the University of Helsinki.

Against All Odds: My Emotional Journey with Nokia (Mahdoton menestys: Kasvun paikkana Nokia, Otava 2013), Ollila’s autobiography of the company that created a global mobile revolution, was 2013’s bestselling narrative nonfiction book in Finland, and was selected as one of the year’s most fascinating books by the influential Suomen kuvalehti magazine.

Harri Saukkomaa, co-author of Against all Odds, is a well-known media expert, entrepreneur and author of several nonfiction books.


2013, General Nonfiction, Memories & Biographies

Against All Odds: Leading Nokia from Near Catastrophe to Global Success

Jorma Ollila