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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; Export/Airside ed edition (February 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408852241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408852248
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #893,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mari on March 8, 2014
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I liked the presentation of the facts clearly showing why they came to a conclusion but I did not like all the repeating .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Regina Dumas on June 27, 2014
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A wonderful read. This book content has obviously been well researched and is analyzed and presented in a totally convincing fashion. Certainly I have learned a great deal and would recommend it to all persons of a contemplative nature. Five stars.
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Chua and Rubenstein make a plausible though not a conclusive case that a Triple Package of attributes is necessary for success - which for convenience they define in terms of economic security, while recognizing that the definition of success is subjective. The Triple Package consists of a sense of group superiority, a feeling of personal inadequacy, and the ability to control one’s impulses.

But this idea is not well developed in the book and no attempt is made to explain the spectacular inventions of past centuries, made, primarily, by men of wealth and security. Might it be that, rather than a feeling of insecurity, a more reliable second leg of the Triple Package stool is humility?

A young America, they point out, certainly had the Triple Package in spades. We were a special people, we were insecure on the untamed edge of a new and largely unknown land, and we were willing to endure great hardships and take great risks to prove ourselves to our European “superiors.” While Americans obviously retain an elevated sense of “specialness,” it’s debatable whether we are any longer possessed of the humility necessary to feel any level inadequacy. As to impulse control – the willingness to forego immediate gratification for some future benefit – sadly, no.

Chua and Rubenstein examine various groups that have achieved economic success despite having to overcome social disadvantages. The successes of Chinese, Japanese, Jewish and Lebanese immigrants, for example, are described in detail. Interestingly, the authors make a point that great success leads, inevitably, to a loss of insecurity and thereby threatens further success.

Blacks in America, as a group, are spectacularly and visibly under-performing almost everyone else.
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