Library of Congress

National Book Festival

"Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" (Penguin) has created a sensation with its depiction of the strict, traditional child-rearing of the author's children. Her two daughters were never allowed to watch television or play computer games, be in a school play, have a play date, get any grade less than an A or attend a sleepover. Chua is the John M. Duff Professor of Law at Yale. Her first book, "World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability," was a New York Times best-seller. Her second book, also a best-seller, is the critically acclaimed "Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance -- and Why They Fall."

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Amy Chua

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