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3.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 5 3.57 (7 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amy Chua Narrator: Amy Chua Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781101484432
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All decent parents want to do what's best for their children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother reveals is that the Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that. Western parents try to respect their children's individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions and providing a nurturing environment. The Chinese believe that the best way to protect your children is by preparing them for the future and arming them with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother chronicles Chua's iron-willed decision to raise her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, her way-the Chinese way-and the remarkable results her choice inspires.

Here are some things Amy Chua would never allow her daughters to do: have a playdate, be in a school play, complain about not being in a school play, not be the #1 student in every subject except gym and drama, play any instrument other than the piano or violin, not play the piano or violin.

The truth is Lulu and Sophia would never have had time for a playdate. They were too busy practicing their instruments (two to three hours a day and double sessions on the weekend) and perfecting their Mandarin.

Of course no one is perfect, including Chua herself. Witness this scene:

"According to Sophia, here are three things I actually said to her at the piano as I supervised her practicing:

1. Oh my God, you're just getting worse and worse.

2. I'm going to count to three, then I want musicality.

3. If the next time's not PERFECT, I'm going to take all your stuffed animals and burn them!"

But Chua demands as much of herself as she does of her daughters. And in her sacrifices-the exacting attention spent studying her daughters' performances, the office hours lost shuttling the girls to lessons-the depth of her love for her children becomes clear. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is an eye-opening exploration of the differences in Eastern and Western parenting- and the lessons parents and children everywhere teach one another.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 6/28/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was really well written and, at times, funny. I was definitely aghast at some of the anecdotes (birthday cards, anyone?) but was intrigued by her perspective on things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 6/27/2011

    " Interesting book - definitely a conversation starter! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 6/27/2011

    " Much more interesting than the media hype. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kory | 6/27/2011

    " Any woman that opens up her parenting techniques to be rated and reviewed must be commended for bravery. An entertaining and thought provoking look at parenting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 momoko | 6/27/2011

    " Great book. There were parts that I was mortified for Amy's kids, but she obviously did something right! It makes me wonder how I will raise my children. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Craignisbet | 6/26/2011

    " Chua needs to understand that Western does not always mean American. There's a whole lot of other western countries and cultures that are very different from the US. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 6/26/2011

    " Every American student and parent of a child should read this book. Very enlightening. Makes you ponder your upbringing..... "

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About the Author
Author Amy Chua

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 the Economist 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.