Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations

by Chua, Amy (Author)

ISBN: 9780399562877

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 are ethnic, religious, or clan based. But because America tends to see the world in terms of nation-states engaged in ideological battles, we are often oblivious to the power of tribal politics. In the Vietnam War, we never saw that most of Vietnam's capitalists were members of the hated Chinese minority. Every move we made helped turn the Vietnamese people against us. In Iraq, we were astonishingly dismissive of the schism between that country's Sunnis and Shias. If we want to get our foreign policy right, the United States has to come to grips with political tribalism abroad.

Just as Washington 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. Amy Chua argues that America must rediscover a national identity that transcends our political tribes. It is time for a unity that acknowledges group differences and fights the inequities that divide us. Penguin: Riverhead Books Spring 2019

Format: Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Penguin Books, June 2019

Product Dimensions: 8.4 L × 5.5 W × 0 H

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