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Amy Chua is a professor at Yale Law School and lectures frequently on the effects of gloabalization to government, business, and academic groups around the world. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut. Her title Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012. show more (Publisher Fact Sheets) Amy Chua was born in Champaign, Illinois in 1962. She received an A.B. in economics from Harvard College in 1984 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1987, where she was an executive editor of the Harvard Law Review. Before becoming a professor at Duke Law School, she was a corporate law associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton. She is currently 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, was selected by The Economist as one of the best books of 2003. Her other works include Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance-and Why They Fall and Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. In 2014 she had a new book on the New York Times bestseller list, The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Intermarried (2014) — Contributor — 5 copies


Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Chua, Amy
Champaign, Illinois, USA
Places of residence
Berkeley, California, USA
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Harvard University (A.B. ∙ Economics ∙ 1984) (J.D. ∙ 1987)
professor (Yale Law School)
Chua, Leon O. (father)
Rubenfeld, Jed (husband)
Yale University
Tina Bennett
Short biography
Amy Chua is the John M. Duff Professor of Law at Yale Law School. She lives with her husband, two daughters, and two Samoyeds in New Haven, Connecticut. [from Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (2011)]



Enjoyed the characters and the historical aspects, but did not like the mystery. Won't go into details as they would be spoilers! I liked Chua's writing style and her character development.
carolfoisset | 14 other reviews | Feb 20, 2024 |
There was plenty of the predictable stuff in here about the Trump insanity, fake news and all that, but there was also some enlightening discourse on the antics of the far left. Chua explains how humans are built to fall into the trap of tribalism and shows that we must always be on our guard against it, in ourselves most importantly.
BBrookes | 5 other reviews | Nov 15, 2023 |
Hard-boiled and cynical detective intermingles with both the rich and powerful elite of Nob Hill, along with the people on the fringes of society in 1940s San Francisco. If this sounds like a story written by Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett, you wouldn’t be surprised. If I told you that this is the first novel by Amy Chua of the Tiger Mom fame, you might be shocked! Chua has written a literate, historical mystery with fascinating facts about the San Francisco locale (the Port Chicago disaster is particularly horrifying and mind-boggling). Besides having written one heck of an intriguing murder mystery, she deftly interweaves social issues seamlessly into the narrative. The richly drawn characters encounter various forms of class struggles, prejudice, racial injustice, child labor abuses.

The novel focuses on Al Sullivan, a Berkeley homicide detective, who has the unenviable task of solving a complex murder case involving a presidential candidate who has been killed at the luxurious Claremont Hotel. The victim, Walter Wilkinson, had many enemies with multitudinous reasons for desiring his demise. Meanwhile, another misfortune that occurred ten years earlier at the Claremont involving the death of a seven-year-old member of the mega wealthy Bainbridge family might have implications in the murder investigation.

The author has created characters that are complex, fascinating, and develop beautifully as the story progresses. Detective Sullivan has various weaknesses and preconceptions, but overall he’s decent and adheres to certain morals. The other characters are very captivating, such as the Bainbridge family, Sullivan’s niece, and the various suspects who populate the story.

This is an excellent mystery with numerous twists and turns that aren’t far-fetched yet provide for an enjoyable roller coaster ride. The conclusion is satisfying and wraps up most things nicely while still leaving food for thought. Golden Gate is a golden novel and has become my favorite book of 2023.
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EMPLreads | 14 other reviews | Nov 3, 2023 |
A former presidential candidate is murdered in one of Berkeley's best hotels and Detective Sullivan is asked to head up the investigation. The suspects are three rich cousins, all associated with another tragedy at the hotel. However there is also politics at play, the US is at war with the Japanese and the wife of the Chinese leader is involved. Trying to balance the differing parties whilst solving a crime where no-one tells the truth pushes Sullivan to his limits. in addition he is carrying his own baggage.
I liked the sound of the blurb for this book and didn't realise it was by the non-fiction writer and 'tiger mother' Amy Chua. If I had known this I may not have picked up the book but I'm glad I did. The scope is huge, covering race, the war, the supernatural, insanity and revenge but it really works and I ended up loving the complex story and the cast of characters.
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pluckedhighbrow | 14 other reviews | Oct 24, 2023 |



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