Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

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By (author) Amy Chua

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 110mm x 176mm x 22mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 27 December 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1408825090
  • ISBN 13: 9781408825099
  • Edition statement: Export ed
  • Sales rank: 5,461

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Updated with a new postscript by Amy Chua and a letter from her eldest daughter, Sophia Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is a story about a mother, two daughters, and two dogs. It was supposed to be a story of how Chinese parents are better at raising kids than Western ones. But instead, it's about a bitter clash of cultures, a fleeting taste of glory, and how you can be humbled by a thirteen-year-old. Witty, entertaining and provocative, this is a unique and important book that will transform your perspective of parenting forever.

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Author information

Amy Chua is the John M. Duff Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Her first book, World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability, translated into eight languages, was a New York Times bestseller, an Economist Best Book of the Year and one of the Guardian's Top Political Reads of 2003. Her second book, Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance - and Why They Fall, was a critically acclaimed Foreign Affairs bestseller. Amy Chua has appeared frequently on radio and television and her writing has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review and the Wilson Quarterly. She lives with her husband, two daughters and two Samoyeds in New Haven, Connecticut.

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By Ben 07 Feb 2014 4

For me the pleasure of reading this book was like being on a rollercoaster. One minute I wanted to throw it out the window (I nearly did a quarter of the way through) and then the next minute I was enjoying what Amy Chua had to say. The frustrating parts are when Chua bangs on almost bragging about how badass a mother she was, how she got her way with her children and how determined she was to be a 'Chinese mother' and not a 'Western mother'. The enjoyable parts are her insights into Western parenting (generally speaking) and how education tends to be pushed in Western families, hearing how much her children achieved with a strong parent behind them and that, ultimately, the 'Chinese parent' model does have its flaws. Three quarters of the way through it I was wondering where it was all going and how it was going to end, and a little bit worried about it, but once I had finished it I was glad I had stuck through it. The book has a lot of food for thought and in my view is worth reading if you have young children.
I'd like to give it a 3.5 rating to be honest - four is too high but three is too low.

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'Blissfully funny' India Knight, Sunday Times When an entire nation reacts so strongly to something you know you have hit a nerve. And Amy did ... she should be applauded for raising these issues with a thoughtful, humorous and authentic voice Sheryl Sandberg (author of LEAN IN), Time magazine's '100 most influential people in the world' Millions of British children could use a Tiger Mother in their tank Allison Pearson, Daily Telegraph 'A treat from first to last: ruefully funny, endlessly self-deprecating, riven with ironies .. I relished this memoir' Independent Entertaining, bracingly honest and, yes, thought-provoking New York Times