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The Triple Package is backed up with reams of research and qualifications. They tiptoe mirthlessly over cultural egg shells yet still manage to stir up controversy -- Will Pavia The Times Chua and Rubenfeld's explosive new meditation on success, The Triple Package, has already begun to enrage people, even those who, by their own admission, haven't read it but have simply heard about how shocking it is -- Katie Roiphe Financial Times The book is not racist - it is well-written; seductive Independent One of the most controversial books of recent years ... the authors are to be commended for dealing with a controversial subject, and for revealing some deep truths. It deserves a wide audience -- Matthew Syed The Times, Book of the Week A lot to find interesting ... They draw on eye-opening studies of the influence of stereotypes and expectations on various ethnic and cultural groups ... The authors' willingness to pursue an intellectual inquiry that others wouldn't is bracing -- Emma Brockes Guardian Provocative ... If you care at all about the social pressures underpinning success and failure, or relish fresh perspectives on how societies really work, you will want to read this -- Jenni Russell Sunday Times The authors have already been accused of racism, mostly by people who haven't read the book ... Powerful, passionate and very entertaining -- Allison Pearson Daily Telegraph The Triple Package is provocative but it is certainly not racist -- Kwasi Kwarteng New Statesman

About the Author

Amy Chua is the John M. Duff Professor of Law at Yale Law School. She is the author of three books. Her first book, World on Fire, a New York Times bestseller, was selected by the Economist as one of the best books of 2003. She is also the author of the international sensation, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. In 2011 Amy was listed as one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world. Jed Rubenfeld is the Robert R. Slaughter Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He is also the author of the bestselling Richard and Judy Best Read The Interpretation of Murder and The Death of Instinct. www.thetriplepackage.com, @amychua, facebook.com/amytigermother, amychua.com, www.jedrubenfeld.co.uk
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,140,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Fitzgerald on October 14, 2014
Format: Paperback
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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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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2 of 2 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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Format: Hardcover
I really like this. I won't go over what's in it, as I assume others will. I will simply mention the one area that they missed.

In Jim Rogers' "The Investment Biker", we see Jim and his girlfriend in China, looking at Chinese beekeepers. Jim mentions how hard the Chinese work. This is over in China, so he's not talking about Chinese Americans. I grew up Jewish, despite a later conversion to Christianity, and even though I dropped out of college and graduated a low-level Bible school, I returned to other campuses to end up a PhD chemist. There are drives within us, call it genetics, perhaps a bit of supposedly disproven Lamarckian inheritance, we really don't know understand it completely yet. These drives are perhaps greater in certain groups no matter where they are. THAT'S part of the reason I believe that Asians do so well here. THAT'S a great part of why I, a college dropout of Jewish ethnicity, couldn't look in the mirror shamelessly until I had my first earned college degree. Culture? America? Maybe it's more than that.

The problem is that this book does not take a serious look at how the Chinese are doing IN CHINA, or how the Jews are doing IN ISRAEL, which has more companies on the NASDAQ than any other nation besides the US. The Israelis aren't trying to prove themselves as immigrants, nor are the Chinese. The Nigerians do well here, great. Now how are they doing in Nigeria? I think a better look at the stock from which these immigrant groups come is in order. And forgive me if I seem racist, I'm really not. But I've been around long enough, and traveled, studied, and worked in enough countries, to get beyond modern American political correctness. And I think that showing how well certain immigrant groups do HERE is only half the story.
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