Political Tribes

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Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations is a book by Amy Chua. It was published in February, 2018, and covers the topic of how loyalty to groups can be more important than ideology, and applies this idea to both failures of American foreign policy abroad and the rise of Donald Trump within the United States.[1]


The book was criticised by The Guardian, which stated that it was "a well-intentioned book that never quite comes together.[2] The Financial Times stated that it was an important book, and supported Chua’s argument "that America’s liberal elite has contributed to Trump’s rise by failing to acknowledge its own sense of tribalism"; it did, however, also state that it left the "crucial question" of how to create a "non-tribal world" unanswered.[3]

The book was praised by author J. D. Vance, a former student of Chua and author of Hillbilly Elegy, saying that "Political Tribes is a beautifully written, eminently readable, and uniquely important challenge to conventional wisdom."[1]


  1. ^ a b Political Tribes by Amy Chua | PenguinRandomHouse.com.
  2. ^ Anthony, Andrew (2018-02-25). "Political Tribes review – an unreliable guide to the American Dream". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  3. ^ Tett, Gillian (2018-02-21). "Us and them: how America divided into tribes". Financial Times. Retrieved 2018-03-04.