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


Baker & Taylor
"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"--

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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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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.

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Book News
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)

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Penguin Putnam
"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.



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