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Why Aren’t the Japanese Looting?

In tones of awe, many news outlets are starting to raise this question. Also: why are supermarkets cutting prices, and vending machine owners handing out free soft drinks? Why haven’t the Japanese devolved into a brute “every person for himself” mentality? Where did this breathtaking display of social unity come from? But we shouldn’t be […]


Are Asian-Americans Too Quiet to Lead U.S. Businesses?

Um. Of course not. This would seem a strange question to, say, the 1.2 billion people in China whose economy enjoys more than 10% annual growth and a $250 billion trade surplus with the U.S., on the strength of home-grown leadership. But in the U.S., there’s a terrible dearth of Asian-American leaders. Asian-Americans are a […]


What Amy Chua (and David Brooks) Didn’t Tell You: The Real Reason “Chinese Mothers are Superior”

While researching my book, I met Tiffany Liao, a soft-spoken Taiwanese-American high school senior from Silicon Valley.  She’d been a shy and quiet child, she told me.  When she accompanied her parents to their friends’ houses, she always brought a book. The grown-ups praised her.  She’s so studious, they marveled. It’s hard to imagine Caucasian-American […]

Quiet: The Book

- Wall Street Journal

Bill Gates names "The Power of Introverts" one of his all-time favorite TED Talks.

Best Nonfiction Book of 2012

QUIET has been voted the best nonfiction book of 2012


1. There’s a word for “people who are in their heads too much”: thinkers.

2. Our culture rightly admires risk-takers, but we need our “heed-takers” more than ever.

3. Solitude is a catalyst for innovation.

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