Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance–and Why They Fall

In a series of brilliant chapter-length studies, she examines the most powerful cultures in history—from the ancient empires of Persia and China to the recent global empires of England and the United States—and reveals the reasons behind their success, as well as the roots of their ultimate demise.

Chua's analysis uncovers a fascinating historical pattern: while policies of tolerance and assimilation toward conquered peoples are essential for an empire to succeed, the multicultural society that results introduces new tensions and instabilities, threatening to pull the empire apart from within.

In this sweeping history, bestselling author Amy Chua explains how globally dominant empires—or hyperpowers—rise and why they fall. What this means for the United States' uncertain future is the subject of Chua's provocative and surprising conclusion.

Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations

Communism, Democracy vs. Authoritarianism, the “Free World” vs. There is a pervasive sense of collective persecution and discrimination. Just as washington’s foreign policy establishment has been blind to the power of tribal politics outside the country, so too have American political elites been oblivious to the group identities that matter most to ordinary Americans – and that are tearing the United States apart.

As the stunning rise of donald Trump laid bare, identity politics have seized both the American left and right in an especially dangerous, racially inflected way. In america today, every group feels threatened: whites and blacks, liberals and conservatives, men and women, Latinos and Asians, and so on.

. Every pro-free-market move we made helped turn the Vietnamese people against us. In iraq, we were stunningly dismissive of the hatred between that country’s Sunnis and Shias. If we want to get our foreign policy right – so as to not be perpetually caught off guard and fighting unwinnable wars – the United States has to come to grips with political tribalism abroad.

The bestselling author of battle hymn of the tiger mother, Yale Law School Professor Amy Chua offers a bold new prescription for reversing our foreign policy failures and overcoming our destructive political tribalism at home   Humans are tribal. We need to belong to groups. In many parts of the world, the group identities that matter most – the ones that people will kill and die for – are ethnic, sectarian, religious, or clan-based.

The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America

Each of its elements carries distinctive pathologies; when taken to an extreme, they can have truly toxic effects. But in all of america’s most successful groups, inadequate, people tend to feel insecure, that they have to prove themselves. America today spreads a message of immediate gratification, living for the moment.

Nigerians earn doctorates at stunningly high rates. But all of america’s most successful groups cultivate heightened discipline and impulse control. But the triple Package has a dark underside too. The irony is that the facts actually debunk racial stereotypes. Should people strive for the triple package? should America? Ultimately, the authors conclude that the Triple Package is a ladder that should be climbed and then kicked away, drawing on its power but breaking free from its constraints.

Provocative and profound, The Triple Package will transform the way we think about success and achievement. But remarkably, chosen, all of america’s most successful groups believe evenif they don’t say so aloud that they’re exceptional, superior in some way. Americans are taught that self-esteem—feeling good about yourself—is the key to a successful life.

. That certain groups do much better in America than others—as measured by income, test scores, occupational status, and so on—is difficult to talk about. Cubans in miami climbed from poverty to prosperity in a generation.

World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability

At the same time, confiscation, democracy empowers the impoverished majority, unleashing ethnic demagoguery, and sometimes genocidal revenge. These “market-dominant minorities” – chinese in southeast asia, whites in Latin America and South Africa, Croatians in the former Yugoslavia, Indians in East Africa, Lebanese in West Africa, Jews in post-communist Russia – become objects of violent hatred.

The reigning consensus holds that the combination of free markets and democracy would transform the third world and sweep away the ethnic hatred and religious zealotry associated with underdevelopment. In this revelatory investigation of the true impact of globalization, Yale Law School professor Amy Chua explains why many developing countries are in fact consumed by ethnic violence after adopting free market democracy.

She also argues that the united states has become the world’s most visible market-dominant minority, a fact that helps explain the rising tide of anti-Americanism around the world. Chua is a friend of globalization, but she urges us to find ways to spread its benefits and curb its most destructive aspects.

Chua shows how in non-western countries around the globe, free markets have concentrated starkly disproportionate wealth in the hands of a resented ethnic minority.

The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It

Democracy is wilting away. Populists who rail against this say they want to return power to the people. From india to turkey and from Poland to the United States, authoritarian populists have seized power. As the role of money in politics soared and important issues were taken out of public contestation, a system of “rights without democracy” took hold.

Citizens are falling out of love with their political system. To reverse the trend, politicians need to enact radical reforms that benefit the many, not the few. The People vs. The world is in turmoil. As a result, yascha Mounk shows, democracy itself may now be at risk. Two core components of liberal democracy—individual rights and the popular will—are increasingly at war with each other.

Democracy is the first book to go beyond a mere description of the rise of populism. Drawing on vivid stories and original research, Mounk identifies three key drivers of voters’ discontent: stagnating living standards, fears of multiethnic democracy, and the rise of social media. For those unwilling to give up on either individual rights or the popular will, Mounk shows, there is little time to waste: this may be our last chance to save democracy.

In plain language, it describes both how we got here and where we need to go. But in practice they create something just as bad: a system of “democracy without rights.

The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump

This partiality to violence and capacity for reinvention have been critical to their success. Written by a highly-regarded, the reactionary Mind ranges widely, keen observer of the contemporary political scene, from Edmund Burke to Antonin Scalia and Donald Trump, and from John C. Now updated to include trump's election and his first one hundred days in office, The Reactionary Mind is more relevant than ever.

It's like sex. With this unlikely conversation began Robin's decade-long foray into the conservative mind. What is conservatism, what excites them?in the reactionary Mind, and what's truly at stake for its proponents? If capitalism bores them, Robin traces conservatism back to its roots in the reaction against the French Revolution.

Devoting your life to it, " as conservatives do, "is horrifying if only because it's so repetitious. Despite their opposition to these movements, conservatives favor a dynamic conception of politics and society -- one that involves self-transformation, violence, and war. Buckley made a confession to Corey Robin.

He argues that the right was inspired, and is still united, by its hostility to emancipating the lower orders. When its first edition appeared in 2011, The Reactionary Mind set off a fierce debate. Capitalism is "boring, " said the founding father of the American right. Late in life, William F.

Why Liberalism Failed Politics and Culture

As patrick deneen argues in this provocative book, yet it discourages civic commitments in favor of privatism; and in its pursuit of individual autonomy, it has given rise to the most far-reaching, liberalism is built on a foundation of contradictions: it trumpets equal rights while fostering incomparable material inequality; its legitimacy rests on consent, comprehensive state system in human history.

Here, deneen offers an astringent warning that the centripetal forces now at work on our political culture are not superficial flaws but inherent features of a system whose success is generating its own failure. Has liberalism failed because it has succeeded? Of the three dominant ideologies of the twentieth century—fascism, communism, and liberalism—only the last remains.

This has created a peculiar situation in which liberalism’s proponents tend to forget that it is an ideology and not the natural end-state of human political evolution.

How Democracies Die

The good news is that there are several exit ramps on the road to authoritarianism. New york times bestseller“comprehensive, enlightening, and terrifyingly timely. New york times Book Review“Cool and persuasive. How democracies Die comes at exactly the right moment. The washington postdonald trump’s presidency has raised a question that many of us never thought we’d be asking: Is our democracy in danger? Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they believe the answer is yes.

The bad news is that, by electing Trump, we have already passed the first one. Democracy no longer ends with a bang—in a revolution or military coup—but with a whimper: the slow, steady weakening of critical institutions, such as the judiciary and the press, and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms.

Drawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples, Turkey, to the American South during Jim Crow, from 1930s Europe to contemporary Hungary, and Venezuela, Levitsky and Ziblatt show how democracies die—and how ours can be saved.

Capitalism without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy

They explore the unusual economic characteristics of intangible investment, and discuss how these features make an intangible-rich economy fundamentally different from one based on tangibles. Capitalism without capital concludes by presenting three possible scenarios for what the future of an intangible world might be like, portfolios, and policymakers can exploit the characteristics of an intangible age to grow their businesses, and by outlining how managers, investors, and economies.

For all sorts of businesses, from tech firms and pharma companies to coffee shops and gyms, the ability to deploy assets that one can neither see nor touch is increasingly the main source of long-term success. But this is not just a familiar story of the so-called new economy. Capitalism without capital shows that the growing importance of intangible assets has also played a role in some of the big economic changes of the last decade.

The first comprehensive account of the growing dominance of the intangible economyEarly in the twenty-first century, a quiet revolution occurred. For the first time, than in tangible assets, buildings, branding, the major developed economies began to invest more in intangible assets, R&D, like machinery, like design, and software, and computers.

The rise of intangible investment is, Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake argue, an underappreciated cause of phenomena from economic inequality to stagnating productivity. Haskel and westlake bring together a decade of research on how to measure intangible investment and its impact on national accounts, showing the amount different countries invest in intangibles, how this has changed over time, and the latest thinking on how to assess this.


Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past

A groundbreaking book about how ancient DNA has profoundly changed our understanding of human history. In who we are and how we got here, reich allows readers to discover how the human genome provides not only all the information a human embryo needs to develop but also the hidden story of our species. Drawing upon revolutionary findings and unparalleled scientific studies, Who We Are and How We Got Here is a captivating glimpse into humankind—where we came from and what that says about our lives today.

Reich delves into how the genomic revolution is transforming our understanding of modern humans and how DNA studies reveal deep inequalities among different populations, between the sexes, and among individuals. Provocatively, reich’s book suggests that there might very well be biological differences among human populations but that these differences are unlikely to conform to common stereotypes.

. Geneticists like david reich have made astounding advances in the field of genomics, which is proving to be as important as archeology, linguistics, and written records as a means to understand our ancestry.

Off the Charts: The Hidden Lives and Lessons of American Child Prodigies

Ann hulbert examines the lives of children whose rare accomplishments have raised hopes about untapped human potential and questions about how best to nurture it. Among the children are the math genius norbert wiener, a harvard graduate student at age fifteen; two girls, a poet and a novelist, founder of cybernetics, whose published work stirred debate in the 1920s; the movie superstar Shirley Temple and the African American pianist and composer Philippa Schuyler; the chess champion Bobby Fischer; computer pioneers and autistic "prodigious savants"; and musical prodigies, present and past.

But in these moving stories, it is the children who deliver the most important messages. Above all, she delves into the feelings of the prodigies themselves, who push back against adults more as the decades proceed. Off the charts also tells the surprising inside stories of Lewis Terman's prewar study of high-IQ children and of the postwar talent search begun at Johns Hopkins, and discovers what Tiger Mom Amy Chua really has to tell us.

She probes the changing role of parents and teachers, as well as of psychologists and a curious press. From the author of the widely praised raising America--a compelling exploration of child genius told through the gripping stories of fifteen exceptionally gifted boys and girls, from a math wonder a century ago to young jazz and classical piano virtuosos today.

A thought-provoking book for a time when parents anxiously aspire to raise "super children" and experts worry the nation is wasting the brilliant young minds it needs.