Chua (World on Fire), a Yale law professor and daughter of immigrants, examines a number of world-dominant powers—a none too rigorously defined group that lumps together the Persian, Roman, Mongol and British empires with the contemporary United States—and argues that tolerance and multiculturalism are indispensable features of global economic and military success. Such hyperpowers rise, Chua argues, because their tolerance of minority cultures and religions, their receptivity to foreign ideas and their willingness to absorb and empower talented provincials and immigrants lets them harness the world's human capital. Conversely, hyperpowers decline when their assimilative capacities falter and they lapse into intolerance and exclusion. The sexy concept of a world-dominant hyperpower, in addition to being somewhat erratic—the smallish Dutch Republic makes the cut, while the far-flung (but inconveniently intolerant) Spanish empire doesn't—is doubtful when examining an America that can hardly dominate Baghdad and not much more convincing when applied to earlier hegemons. Chua does offer an illuminating survey of the benefits of tolerance and pluralism, often as a tacit brief for maintaining America's generous immigration policies. (Nov.)
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“Clear-eyed and hard-headed. . . . Chua writes with a wry, breezy wit, giving her analysis a lively accessibility.” —The Los Angeles Times“Extraordinary. . . . An incredibly ambitious book, but Chua is up to the task.” —Times Literary Supplement“Convincing [and] timely. . . . Chua's lively writing makes her case studies interesting in themselves.” —The Washington Post“Takes up the challenge of 'Big History' [with] an almost Toynbeean sweep. . . . [Day of Empire] has a chance of becoming a classic.” —Paul Kennedy, Foreign AffairsSee all Editorial Reviews
This is enjoyable as it is enlightening. The premise (that diversity is one requirement for long-term success and a tolerant society) may not be universally accepted, but the... Read morePublished 20 days ago by David M. Freedman
Very good book on topics most people will avoid. The author expressed deep opinions our decision makers should at least take a look at if they care about America's future. Read morePublished 3 months ago by North Sunny
Fascinating journey through the history of many empires emphasizing the role of tolerance in ascending to greatness. Book much needed for our timesPublished 7 months ago by Tariq M Al Ghamdi
for a professor of Yale it is shameful to mix anecdotes and popular books into something to prove the point. Very profoundPublished 8 months ago by Perfect Curve Com
Amy Chua's book "Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance--and Why They Fall" does a great service = reminding us that throughout human history, the legitimate... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Book & Music thief, from HI