The Triple Package

The Triple Package

How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America

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"That certain groups do much better in America than others?as measured by income, occupational status, test scores, and so on?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, there’s a demonstrable arc to group success?in immigrant groups, it typically dissipates by the third generation?puncturing the notion of innate group differences and undermining the whole concept of 'model minorities.'"

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. It’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 alive?butsome 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.



Random House, Inc.
"That certain groups do much better in America than othersas measured by income, occupational status, test scores, and so onis 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, there’s a demonstrable arc to group successin immigrant groups, it typically dissipates by the third generationpuncturing the notion of innate group differences and undermining the whole concept of 'model minorities.'"
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. It’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 alive—butsome 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.



Baker & Taylor
A controversial examination of the performance rates of disparate cultural groups in America reveals how some ethnic groups appear to achieve greater income and productivity levels in spite of overall American beliefs about equality and self-esteem, discussing how the seeming benefits of a given group's cultural discipline and impulse control can also have consequences.

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Chua and Rubenfeld explore why certain minority and immigrant groups in the US are strikingly high achievers regarding wealth, position, and other conventional measures of success. They identify three forces that, existing together within a group's culture, foster success while running counter to the core American values. The first is a deeply internalized superiority complex enabling group members to believe in their specialness, exceptionality, or superiority, in contrast to the American emphasis on equality. Most Americans imagine positive self-esteem is a key to success, but Chua and Rubenfeld found feelings of insecurity--the second factor--common to successful groups as a motivator to prove themselves. The third factor is greater impulse control enabling some groups to resist temptation and persevere in the face of difficulty, as opposed to the mainstream American tendency toward immediate gratification. The authors also identify potential drawbacks to the "Triple Package" and other causes of success and nonsuccess. They close by examining how the US as a nation began with the "Triple Package," but has evolved away from the three values over time. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Baker
& Taylor

A controversial examination of the performance rates of disparate cultural groups in America reveals how some ethnic groups appear to achieve greater income and productivity levels in spite of overall American beliefs about equality and self-esteem.
"It may be taboo to say, but some groups in America do better than others.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.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. 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"--

Publisher: New York : The Penguin Press, c2014
ISBN: 9781594205460
Branch Call Number: 305.523 CHU
Characteristics: 320 p. ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Rubenfeld, Jed 1959-

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pcfalci
Aug 10, 2015

Very interesting and thought-provoking. I thought I would disagree with the authors' thesis but they persuaded me. Well-written.

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writermala
May 27, 2014

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...

Vincent T Lombardo May 17, 2014

This is one of the best and most important books that I have ever read! Deeply researched, well written, and intellectually stimulating, it debunks a lot of conventional wisdom about how to succeed, such as high self-esteem is a prerequisite to success. The book is practically a self-help guide on how to succeed in the United States, although Chua and Rubenfeld do not pull any punches about the dark side of The Triple Package. This book should be read by every parent, educator, politician, and technocrat who shapes public policy. It is not popular to say, but culture matters!!!

debwalker Feb 07, 2014

Tiger mother (and her husband) wades into more controversy.

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StarGladiator
Jan 06, 2014

The basic and underlying assumptions of what some reviewers have called a racist diatribe require that the reader fully accepts the fantasy of an American meritocracy, and that Amy Chua did not receive extra points on her college admissions for being a minority? (She would no doubt bristle at this, but we are talking the facts, aren't we?) So the Mormon political family of Romney, which fled Mexico with a mysterious amount of money of mysterious origins, to evade the Mexican authorities, have a "secret" to their success, which these authors aren't going to divulge? The Indian immigrants, sponsored by hedge funds and corporations as "legal" foreign scab workers, don't have an edge to begin with? Cuban immigrants had many benefits other groups didn't, simply go back and read over federal government legislation (an unheard of American pastime). Indian immigrant, Gupta, now in jail for insider trading, is profiled in "The Billionaire's Apprentice" in which the Indian-American business author, on p. 139, explains a strong negative to the American worker, and a plus for the Indian scab worker - - do read it. Never depend upon an attorney pushing an agenda, especially two of them! 2014 in America may be a dangerous time for a Jewish-American like Rubenfeld espousing Jewish superiority given the names of some of the major perpetrators of the global economic meltdown: Robert Rubin, Alan Greenspan, Larry Summers (legally changed from Samuelson), John Paulson, Lloyd Blankfein, Arthur Leavitt, Neal Wolin, Timothy Geithner, Jack Lew and on and on. (And then there's that super-criminal, Bernie Madoff!) Unfamiliar with the special foreign visa category called "EB5" ? Read about that, and you'll understand how it would skew the statistics on Chinese immigrants and earnings. Two of the most underrated figures in American history (not groups, I know) are Alexander Hamilton, from Barbados, who was George Washington's chief of staff during all of Washington's successful military campaigns (and first Secretary of the US Treasury, and tried to promote the first national industrial policy, et cetera), and Nikola Tesla, from Serbia, the father of the power grid (without which there would be no electrical devices nor high tech). Neither fell into any of the groups cited. [Possibly Rubenfeld is thinking of subsidized Jews, like treasury secretary Jack Lew, who couldn't pay off his mortgage loans, but New York University did for him, no doubt because he ended collective bargaining rights there among the grad student assistants, and who received his Citigroup bonus paid from TARP bailout funds, or taxpayer monies? And also, David Brooks, who has never worked at a real job in his life, but spews forth from the stink tank, the Brookings Institution.]

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