Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations Hardcover – 22 Feb 2018
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Political Tribes is a beautifully written, eminently readable, and uniquely important challenge to conventional wisdom ... Chua's book is a clarion call, encouraging us to reject the primal pull of identitarianism and return to that most radical of ideas, that Americans share something bigger than race or ethnicity or ideology: common citizenship and purpose (J. D. Vance, author of 'Hillbilly Elegy')
Political Tribes is a punchy book that advances a single idea with admirable clarity. And also with admirable brevity (Danny Finkelstein The Times)
Amy Chua speaks hard truths that no one can ignore. We are, as Chua makes clear, living in denial about the power of tribalism over our domestic and foreign policy - blinded, it seems, by our own optimism and distaste for essentialism. A page turner and revelation, Political Tribes will change the way you think (Tim Wu, author of 'The Attention Merchants' and 'The Master Switch')
America is now bitterly polarised into rival identities. Amy Chua does a brilliant job of showing how it has happened and why it is a tragedy. In Britain, we need to read Political Tribes as a warning. For Americans, it is too late for that: it will need to be force-fed to them (Paul Collier, Oxford University)
As an explanation of why American politics has become so sectarian and polarised, Chua's analysis feels spot-on. And it is increasingly relevant to our politics as well (Spectator)
Amy Chua confronts the failures of modern liberalism to understand ethnic and group attachments. Anyone who wants to understand the contemporary west, and its foreign policy failures, should read this revealing and important book (David Goodhart, journalist and think-tanker and author of ‘The British Dream’ and ‘The Road to Somewhere’)
True to form, Amy Chua presents a provocative prescription to cure our political ills. She challenges us to cross the chasm between groups - not by denying differences, but by celebrating them (Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of 'Give and Take' and 'Option B' with Sheryl Sandberg)
Another wonderful book by Amy Chua! In Political Tribes, she demonstrates once again that she ranks with the keenest observers of the contemporary landscape, establishing convincingly that 'Humans are tribal', and that this reality holds significant implications for America if we truly are to achieve a 'more perfect union' (General David Petraeus, US Army (Ret), former commander of coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and former Director of the CIA)
Brilliant, timeless and timely. Political Tribes concisely explains the forces that made our experiences in Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq so maddeningly difficult to comprehend, and brings that same thoughtful analysis to America today. Amy Chua provokes thought - and we need that (General Stan McChrystal, US Army (Ret))
Amy Chua's insightful, provocative and deeply troubling book is the place to begin our long overdue national discussion on how to repair the deep divisions in the American political landscape. Political Tribes is a wake-up call to the dangers of surrendering national unity to a fractured landscape of feuding and narrow interests (Tom Brokaw, author of 'The Greatest Generation')
From international bestselling author Amy Chua, a bracing and original look at the tension between our tribal instincts and our democratic political idealsSee all Product description
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Very logical and compelling conclusions
Manages to very succinctly explain complex issues in an interesting and extremely readable way
A must read to dwell on how societies wor and to learn from past mistakes
Can be applied outside of foreign policy
On the surface I am not the ideal person to read this book as I know very little about politics, current affairs or modern history. However, I found it extremely readable and absolutely fascinating. It is a tribute to the author that she wrote a book which is accessible and comprehensible to somebody like me. Whilst I am in no position to judge whether she is correct in her assessments and evaluations of the situations which she analyses, she presents her ideas in a very convincing way, using reasoned well-thought out arguments which are logical, cohesive and powerful. In particular I found the first few chapters, which concentrated on specific instances in which tribal influence was one of the main factors, full of insights which made perfect sense to me. Apart from the content itself, one other excellent side-effect of the book was that I had to concentrate quite hard while reading it in order to get the most out of it. Whilst I concede that this was largely because of my ignorance in these matters, at my age anything which gets my brain working has got to be good news.
There is only one minor negative point about the book and it is not important enough to reduce its 5-star rating. The last few chapters which focused on the current state of American politics and the influences which have brought it to this point were slightly more muddled than the earlier parts of the book and somehow more subjective. As a result I found them less convincing.
I am very glad that I have read this book. It was interesting, well-written, well-argued and very compelling. I learnt a lot from it and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone, not just those of you who are particularly interested in politics.