The Triple Package

Why are some groups so disproportionately successful in America, despite facing economic, cultural, and language barriers? Amy Chua (of Tiger Mother infamy) and her husband Jed Rubenfeld argue that high-performing groups teach their children impulse control, a sense of specialness or superiority, coupled with an insecure need to prove themselves to the wider world. Their argument—and the evidence they use to support it—flies in the face of popular American beliefs about equality and self-esteem.