The Triple Package is a highly provocative and racially-loaded treatise on why some groups succeed when others don’t, writes Pradyot Lal in Tehelka

Amy-ChuaSome three years after she gained fame, and to many stoked fires in the mommy wars, Yale law professor Amy Chua is back with a bang, this time along with co-author and husband, fellow professor and novelist Jed Rubenfeld. Their book, The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America, is a sort of racism camouflaged as social science, and has already created a stir in academic and social circles.

A new book from Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld seeks to explain why some groups succeed in America, and some fail. But when does cultural pride cross over into racism, asks Suketu Mehta in Time

I bankrupted myself while writing Maximum City: Suketu Mehta Recently, though, the language of racism in America has changed, though the plot remains the same. It’s not about skin color anymore–it’s about “cultural traits.” And it comes cloaked in a whole lot of social-science babble. The new racialists are too smart to denigrate particular cultures. Instead, they come at things the other way. They praise certain cultures, hold them up as exemplary. The implication–sometimes overt, sometimes only winked at–is that other cultures are inferior and this accounts for their inability to succeed.