"That certain groups do much better in America than
othersas measured by income, occupational status,
test scores, and so onis difficult to talk about.
In large part this is because the topic feels racially charged. The
irony is that the facts actually debunk racial stereotypes. There
are black and Hispanic subgroups in the United States far
outperforming many white and Asian subgroups. Moreover, there's a
demonstrable arc to group successin immigrant
groups, it typically dissipates by the third
generationpuncturing the notion of innate group
differences and undermining the whole concept of ''model
Mormons have recently risen to astonishing business success.
Cubans in Miami climbed from poverty to prosperity in a generation.
Nigerians earn doctorates at stunningly high rates. Indian and
Chinese Americans have much higher incomes than other Americans;
Jews may have the highest of all.
Why do some groups rise? Drawing on groundbreaking original
research and startling statistics, The Triple Package
uncovers the secret to their success. A superiority complex,
insecurity, impulse controlthese are the elements of the Triple
Package, the rare and potent cultural constellation that drives
disproportionate group success. The Triple Package is open to
anyone. America itself was once a Triple Package culture. It's been
losing that edge for a long time now. Even as headlines proclaim
the death of upward mobility in America, the truth is that the
oldfashioned American Dream is very much alivebutsome groups have
a cultural edge, which enables them to take advantage of
opportunity far more than others.
Americans are taught that everyone is equal,
that no group is superior to another. But remarkably, all of
America's most successful groups believe (even
if they don't say so aloud) that they're exceptional, chosen,
superior in some way.
Americans are taught that self-esteemfeeling
good about yourselfis the key to a successful life. But in all of
America's most successful groups,
people tend to feel insecure, inadequate, that they have to
America today spreads a message of immediate
gratification, living for the moment. But all of America's most
successful groups cultivate heightened discipline and impulse
But the Triple Package has a dark underside too. Each of its
elements carries distinctive pathologies; when taken to an extreme,
they can have truly toxic effects. 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
Provocative and profound, The Triple Package will
transform the way we think about success and achievement.