Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua

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15 Critic Reviews

Chua's picture of herself is not always flattering. She is both demanding and stubborn.
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Synopsis

The New York Times Book Review
“[E]ntertaining, bracingly honest and, yes, thought-provoking.”

At once provocative and laugh-out-loud funny, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother ignited a global parenting debate with its story of one mother’s journey in strict parenting.  Amy Chua argues that Western parenting tries to respect and nurture children’s individuality, while Chinese parents typically believe that arming children with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence prepares them best for the future.   Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother chronicles Chua’s iron-willed decision to raise her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, the Chinese way – and the remarkable, sometimes heartbreaking  results her choice inspires.  Achingly honest and profoundly challenging, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is one of the most talked-about books of our times.

“Few have the guts to parent in public. Amy [Chua]'s memoir is brutally honest, and her willingness to share her struggles is a gift. Whether or not you agree with her priorities and approach, she should be applauded for raising these issues with a thoughtful, humorous and authentic voice.” –Time Magazine

“[A] riveting read… Chua's story is far more complicated and interesting than what you've heard to date -- and well worth picking up… I guarantee that if you read the book, there'll undoubtedly be places where you'll cringe in recognition, and others where you'll tear up in empathy.” –San Francisco Chronicle

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother hit the parenting hot button, but also a lot more, including people's complicated feelings about ambition, intellectualism, high culture, the Ivy League, strong women and America's standing in a world where China is ascendant. Chua's conviction that hard work leads to inner confidence is a resonant one.” –Chicago Tribune

“Readers will alternately gasp at and empathize with Chua's struggles and aspirations, all the while enjoying her writing, which, like her kid-rearing philosophy, is brisk, lively and no-holds-barred. This memoir raises intriguing, sometimes uncomfortable questions about love, pride, ambition, achievement and self-worth that will resonate among success-obsessed parents… Readers of all stripes will respond to [Battle Hymn of the] Tiger Mother.” –The Washington Post


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About Amy Chua

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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, a New York Times bestseller, was selected by both The Economist and the U.K.'s Guardian as one of the Best Books 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. She lives with her husband, two daughters, and two Samoyeds in New Haven, Connecticut.
 
Published January 11, 2011 by Penguin Books. 242 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Parenting & Relationships, Education & Reference, Romance. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Good
on Jan 19 2011

...it will gratify the same people who made a hit out of the granola-hearted “Eat, Pray, Love.”

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Sun Shuyun on Jan 29 2011

...this book has already served a purpose its author probably did not intend. Chua hammers western parenting, but she could learn from it too. And if she knew her Confucius, she would know that moderation in all things is the essence of Chinese culture.

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Guardian

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on Jan 29 2011

The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother reveals a previously guessed-at but carefully closeted Chinese approach to child rearing.

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Blog Critics

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on May 19 2011

Chua's picture of herself is not always flattering. She is both demanding and stubborn.

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WSJ online

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Reviewed by Clare Mchugh on Jan 11 2011

Her sweeping statements do begin to pall after a while, but what saves "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," and makes Ms. Chua ultimately an endearing presence, is her ability to be candid about her excesses and poke fun at herself.

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Entertainment Weekly

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Reviewed by Sara Vilkomerson on Jan 06 2011

Her writing is smart and lively, but while she strives for self-deprecation, her fights with her children can be downright uncomfortable to read.

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The Washington Post

Good
on Jan 07 2011

...engagingly and provocatively chronicled. Readers of all stripes will respond to "Tiger Mother."

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The Telegraph

Excellent
on Jan 20 2011

The story of her family is not only entertaining, it also raises questions about issues that trouble all parents...

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Christian Science Monitor

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on Jan 14 2011

...many readers will be horrified upon reading Chua’s methods.

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About.com Bestsellers

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Reviewed by Matthew & Anna Limber on Mar 19 2014

You will likely reject many details of Chua’s philosophy and style, but it is still a stimulating book. And you can’t argue with success.

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Macleans

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Reviewed by macleans.ca on Jan 13 2011

In reaction, some readers will call her a heartless drill sergeant. Others will want her to raise their kids.

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USA Today

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Reviewed by Deirdre Donahue on Jan 19 2011

All hype, no heft. That's the real story of Amy Chua's memoir/Web sensation, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother...A familiar story and not worth all the hysteria.

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New York Magazine

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on Jan 21 2011

Chua may be too extreme to adopt as a role model, but that doesn’t mean these parents won’t turn to her book as their guide.

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Bookslut

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In the end, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother seems to be more of a paper tiger: for the book is also filled with a sense of guilt and cringing fear just under the surface.

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Gender Across Borders

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on Feb 03 2011

If I ever decide become a mother, you can bet I’ll be a Western one. I believe in discipline, but not in degradation...

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