Tiger Mom’s New Book Triple Package Explains Why We Suck So Much
Amy Chua, who wrote Battle Hymn of Tiger Mother, is back with a new book called Triple Package, which seems to be called as such because she attempts to offend people on three fronts. Oh sorry. It’s called that because in order to have success, you need the triple package of feeling superior, being insecure, and having impulse control. It turns out that she’s offending people on more than three fronts, anyway.
The book lists the eight superior groups in the world. Do you belong to one? More than one? That would make you doubly superior:
- Cuban (but only exiles. Apparently remaining in Cuba makes you not superior)
I know what you’re thinking right now. You’re thinking, “I had a book that could have put something good into the world, but it was rejected by every agent, and THAT woman gets another chance to offend all of us? Those are the sorts of books that hit bookshelves?”
And the short answer would be yes. I believe that the US, in looking at alternative fuel options, is trying to generate power with our ire. Amy Chua is an ire-generating machine. All she needs to say by this point is “I have a book idea…” and she doesn’t even need to write it. The mere fact that she is thinking of a new thesis is enough to enrage. Because she is a superior rage inducer. Because she has that triple package.
In the same way that I didn’t need to read the Bell Curve once I heard the premise, I equally do not need to read the Triple Package, regardless that it’s “coolly and cogently argued” according to Kirkus Reviews. I have a limited amount of hours on this earth, and I don’t want to spend any of them with this book. Just as I spent zero hours with her other book. Life is too short to spend it with manufactured controversy.
I am disappointed when I think about all the books that won’t get published this year: the ones that people will shop around, trying to find a home. They’re good books that would put good information into the world. But apparently good doesn’t sell; offensiveness does.