Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Triple Package by Chua and Rubenfeld

This book’s full title is “The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America”, by Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld. They talk about three cultural traits that make certain groups in the US very successful. These groups have a superiority complex, they are insecure and they value impulse control. It is quite an interesting book on American successful groups and why they are successful. It was an interesting point of view.

I often start off to read book reviews on Amazon. You have to scroll down a bit to find them, but they are often worthwhile. There is a good review of this book at the New Republic by William Deresiewicz. This review is probably the best one, but there is also one in the Telegraph by Allison Pearson. I generally like the Telegraph reviews, but this one did not seem to have anything interesting or critical to say about the book.

At Politics and Prose bookstore Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld have a chance to speak about their book. This video is almost one hour long. There is a shorter just over 15 minute talk by the authors at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. This talk covers a lot of what was talked about at Politics and Prose. The interview at Book TV After Words have the authors talk about the three qualities discussed in the book.

On my website is how to find this book on Amazon if you care to purchase it. See Chua, Rubenfeld. Also, this book review and other books I have reviewed are on my website at Book Reviews.

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