Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 7:00p -
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
Lectures & Conferences
Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome Yale Law School professors AMY CHUA and JED RUBENFELD for a discussion of their latest book, The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America.
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 old fashioned 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.
Amy Chua is the John M. Duff Professor of Law at Yale Law School. She is the author of World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability and Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance—and Why They Fall. Chua's most recent book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, was an international bestseller. In 2011, Time magazine named Chua one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Jed Rubenfeld is the Robert R. Slaughter Professor at Yale Law School and an internationally recognized expert on constitutional law. His first novel, The Interpretation of Murder, was a worldwide bestseller, with over a million copies sold.