Following the style of George Plimpton or A. J. Jacobs, the author puts himself in the story and gives a history of the role of memory. First with theFollowing the style of George Plimpton or A. J. Jacobs, the author puts himself in the story and gives a history of the role of memory. First with the advent of the printing press, and most recently with computers, there is less and less need for people to memorize, a skill that was once of immense importance. In the course of writing the book, the author ran across the modern memorizing athletes who perform feats of incredible recall. None of them do this by some innate gift, rather they use tricks that anyone willing to take the time can use to improve memory. He puts their training to use to show how a novice with a horrible memory (he once came home on the subway, forgetting he took his car that day), can use these tricks to improve his own memory....more
I first heard of this book when Time Magazine did a pre-publication article that turned out to be a hit piece by Suketu Mehta that labeled the book raI first heard of this book when Time Magazine did a pre-publication article that turned out to be a hit piece by Suketu Mehta that labeled the book racist. In many circles, there is nothing worse that you can be than racist.
I think that part of Mehta's beef with this book is that it should be coming from the likes of Glenn Beck or Ann Coulter who can be dismissed as conservative loonies. Unfortunately, the book is written by a husband-wife team of Yale law professors with impeccable establishment credentials, what's more, they back up their ¨racist¨ views with 88 pages of fine print endnotes. So, in typical liberal fashion, when you can't argue facts, you start name calling - ¨You racist.¨
The uncomfortable message of The Triple Package is that (horrors!) some cultures are more successful than others. And equally horrendous, the reason they are successful is that they reject modern American values of promoting equality, high self esteem, instant gratification, and diversity. The authors are actually very apologetic in presenting their arguments, knowing that their conclusions are very disturbing to many liberals who embrace and promote the current decedent culture.
The Triple Package is 1) having a superiority complex, 2) insecurity, and 3) impulse control. Their research discovered that there are eight cultural groups in America that do far better than other groups because they embrace these three elements. Cubans do better than other Latino groups. Nigerians do better than other black groups. Chinese and Indians do better than other Asian groups. Iranians and Lebanese do better than other Middle Eastern groups. Jews and Mormons do better than other religious groups.
Groups that do not have the Triple Package like the descendants of black slaves, hillbillies, and the Amish do not achieve the same levels of accomplishment.
The authors clearly point out that you can have Triple Package traits even if you come from a non-Triple Package culture, but it is a lot harder to get there without the cultural support.
While still partway through the book I noticed that the Triple Package traits matched up with American culture at the time of the American Revolution and contributed to our early success as a country. To my surprise, this turned out to be a main point in the final chapter along with the recognition that modern America no longer has this key combination to greater success. As a nation we still think we are better than other countries, but we no longer try harder and we lack self control.
The book ends with a challenge for America to return to its roots and once again embrace the Triple Package culture.
The book does not go on to say who is best to get this done, but to me the answer is clear. The Democrats don't believe America is better than others and they have no impulse control. The establishment Republicans have no insecurity and also have displayed lack of impulse control. To me it is clear that the only political culture that embraces the Triple Package is the much maligned Tea Party, but the facts clearly support Tea Party values as what America needs....more
The book was written 70 years ago, but the writer and his wife did not dare publish it while they were alive. The book is a criticism of Americans andThe book was written 70 years ago, but the writer and his wife did not dare publish it while they were alive. The book is a criticism of Americans and many of their institutions and habits. Hill addresses problems with society that are even more relevant now than when he wrote this book. I highly recommend this book....more
This book was a national best seller for a very good reason - here in one book is a very readable explanation of how habits develop and how people canThis book was a national best seller for a very good reason - here in one book is a very readable explanation of how habits develop and how people can change them. The author explains what recent science has discovered about the brain that provides understanding as to the nature of habits....more
Every parent, teacher and coach would benefit from reading this book. It shows the benefits of a growth mindset over a fixed mindset. The last chapterEvery parent, teacher and coach would benefit from reading this book. It shows the benefits of a growth mindset over a fixed mindset. The last chapter was not as strong as I was expecting, otherwise I would have given it 5 stars....more