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The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America

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It may be taboo to say, but some groups in America do better than others. Mormons have recently risen to astonishing business success. Cubans in Miami climbed from poverty to prosperity in a generation. Nigerians earn doctorates at stunningly high rates. Indian and Chinese Americans have much higher incomes than other Americans; Jews may have the highest of all.

Why do some groups rise? Drawing on groundbreaking original research and startling statistics, The Triple Package uncovers the secret to their success. A superiority complex, insecurity, impulse control — these are the elements of the Triple Package, the rare and potent cultural constellation that drives disproportionate group success. The Triple Package is open to anyone. America itself was once a Triple Package culture. Its been losing that edge for a long time now. Even as headlines proclaim the death of upward mobility in America, the truth is that the oldfashioned American Dream is very much alive — but some groups have a cultural edge, which enables them to take advantage of opportunity far more than others.

  • Americans are taught that everyone is equal, that no group is superior to another. But remarkably, all of America's most successful groups believe (even if they don't say so aloud) that they're exceptional, chosen, superior in some way.
  • Americans are taught that self-esteem — feeling good about yourself — is the key to a successful life. But in all of America's most successful groups, people tend to feel insecure, inadequate, that they have to prove themselves.
  • America today spreads a message of immediate gratification, living for the moment. But all of America's most successful groups cultivate heightened discipline and impulse control.

But the Triple Package has a dark underside too. Each of its elements carries distinctive pathologies; when taken to an extreme, they can have truly toxic effects. Should people strive for the Triple Package? Should America? Ultimately, the authors conclude that the Triple Package is a ladder that should be climbed and then kicked away, drawing on its power but breaking free from its constraints.

Provocative and profound, The Triple Package will transform the way we think about success and achievement.

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“On a highly touchy subject, the authors tread carefully, backing their assertions with copious notes. Though coolly and cogently argued, this book is bound to be the spark for many potentially heated discussions.” Kirkus Reviews

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“Provocative….Supported by statistics and original research….This comprehensive, lucid sociological study balances its findings with a probing look at the downsides of the triple package — the burden of carrying a family's expectations, and deep insecurities that come at a psychological price.” Publishers Weekly (starred)

About the Author

Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld are professors at Yale Law School. Chua, one of Time magazines 100 most influential people in the world in 2011, is the author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, which unleashed a firestorm debate about the cultural value of self-discipline, as well as the bestselling World on Fire. Rubenfeld examined the political dangers of “living in the moment” in Freedom and Time; he is also the author of the international bestseller The Interpretation of Murder.

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writermala, May 27, 2014 (view all comments by writermala)
I picked up this book only because it was coauthored by Amy Chua, the writer of "Battle Hymn of the tiger mom." "Triple Package", while still dealing with success, and in particular, success by specific groups within America, was much more controlled. The book, by Chua and her husband Rubenfeld, talks about the premise, that the three traits of Superiority Complex, Insecurity, and Impulse control, all combined together, is largely responsible for certain ethnic and cultural groups within America. While this sounds counter-intuitive and paradoxical, I found the authors make their case so well and support their arguments so well with facts and statistics that it is difficult to argue with. I liked this book even more than "Battle Hymn...
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594205460
Subtitle:
How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America
Author:
Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld
Author:
Chua, Amy
Author:
Rubenfeld, Jed
Author:
Ross, Jonathan Todd
Publisher:
Penguin Press HC, The
Subject:
Sociology - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20140204
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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