The Triple Package

The Triple Package

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qThat certain groups do much better in America than othersa€”as measured by income, occupational status, test scores, and so ona€”is difficult to talk about. In large part this is because the topic feels racially charged. The irony is that the facts actually debunk racial stereotypes. There are black and Hispanic subgroups in the United States far outperforming many white and Asian subgroups. Moreover, therea€™s a demonstrable arc to group successa€”in immigrant groups, it typically dissipates by the third generationa€”puncturing the notion of innate group differences and undermining the whole concept of 'model minorities.'q 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 controla€”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. Ita€™s 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 alivea€”butsome groups have a cultural edge, which enables them to take advantage of opportunity far more than others. a€c Americans are taught that everyone is equal, that no group is superior to another. But remarkably, all of Americaa€™s most successful groups believe (even if they dona€™t say so aloud) that theya€™re exceptional, chosen, superior in some way. a€c Americans are taught that self-esteema€”feeling good about yourselfa€”is the key to a successful life. But in all of Americaa€™s most successful groups, people tend to feel insecure, inadequate, that they have to prove themselves. a€c America today spreads a message of immediate gratification, living for the moment. But all of Americaa€™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.... ranging from 108 to115: See Steven Pinker, a€œThe Lessonsofthe Ashkenazim: Groupsand Genes, a€ The New Republic, June 26, 2006. ... 499a€“518; Robert Frank , a€œThat Bright, Dying Star, the American WASP, a€ The WallStreet Journal, May 15, 2010; Noah Feldman, a€œThe ... No wonder, concluded Raynal: TheRaynal quote isfrom Kevin J. Hayes, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature( Newanbsp;...

Title:The Triple Package
Author:Amy Chua, Jed Rubenfeld
Publisher:Penguin - 2014-02-04


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