Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother Paperback – 2 Feb 2012
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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)
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Amy Chua obviously has a great belief in her parenting methods and she is, at times, quite shockingly aggressive about 'Western' methods. However, she herself admits that she prefers to learn things by rote and found a career in Law uncomfortable by her unwillingness to 'question', which perhaps meant the model worked for her and so she approved of it whole heartedly for her own children. This, however, I believe is the true shortcoming in her approach - yes, children do need to learn some things by rote, but to be real learners for life, you need to inspire and create a love of learning and a willingness to try things without fear of failure. All you can do, ultimately, for children is to open doors - let them experience different activities and choose which of those they enjoy. To battle with your children over music practice day after day must surely be draining for everyone in the house and, you do wonder at the cost of success.Read more ›
There is nothing worse than raising a child to be an adult with low self esteem and self doubt. Too often, parents give up easily when their children throw tantrums and then these children later on grow up wishing they had put more effort into what they had been doing ("should have practised more piano, should have done this, should have tried harder etc"). The mental and physical challenges required of any individual working on something full time, be it sports, music, arts, etc, resembles a marathon, your legs are killing you but you want to get to the finishing line because you have come this far and there really is no turning back.
As with any other book I think a balanced approach must be adopted.Read more ›
I can understand her frustration with liberal parenting, and with the dumbing down endemic in the Anglophone world. (I looked at the OCR GCSE English marking criteria today; these contain two uses of a plural verb with a singular noun.) Chua implies - rightly - that these declining standards are less likely to be disadvantageous to the children of the Goldman Sachs bankers than to the children of struggling immigrants.
And yet most readers of this book will also have found themselves gasping in horror at some point: I know I did. For me, Chua's educational methods are more bearable than her character-training efforts. I agree with her that nothing is fun until you do it properly, and there is evidence that constant praise and no challenges does not make for happiness. It is also plain that few children will do enough music practice - or enough grammar or times tables - unless pressured, though conversely we could consider the long-term cost of installing perfectionism and restless dissatisfaction in every child. WE as readers could consider such things; Chua doesn't.
But the extent to which - in Chua's eyes - birthday cards and funeral eulogies also become tasks to be done 'properly' by children is chilling. Conditional love is one thing, but nobody can be perfect in every respect. Is Chua quite perfect enough herself to set standards like this for the entire world? Is it quite enough to be a soloist, or a law professor, or a novelist?Read more ›
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I've circulated this book to so many of my friends, I've lost tabs on where it... Read more
Chua is such a brilliant storyteller. This book made me howl with laughter at times and then cringe with shame at other times.
Unapologetically brilliant. Read it.
What I got out of this book was information about how an ambitious Chinese mother views bringing up her daughters, and how her obsession with her children being achievers compares... Read morePublished 3 months ago by R. E. Bentley
The book has been written in a very entertaining manner. Loved reading it!Published 4 months ago by Amit Banerjee , Sangeeta Banerjee
Its ok more a rant about personal life and goes into specific detail about instruments which felt like going off on a tangent... Not many tips, but still useful. Read morePublished 5 months ago by merve
I bought it for my Year 6 and Year 7 children. After they read it, they try hard to study themselves, which I appreciate it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Maggie
I loved every bit of self-sarcasm in this book, and what makes this book even funnier, is that the Far East Asians do not always get the western jokes or posses any sense of humour... Read morePublished 6 months ago by DiGio
Every mother should read this book.
I always though that I'm a good mother, but after reading this book, I completely changed my perception on parental responsibilities. Read more
The piece at the back about the storm this created was a big surprise to me, although it does make me wonder what my kids do with all their spare time... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ingo