I recently read Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua, and liked it a lot. I never thought I'd read it because I bought into all the the negative reviews it received. The media made the author sound like an arrogant mother who thought her methods reigned supreme and was using the Chinese aspect of her culture to sell the book.
Boy, was I wrong! I'm so glad I gave it a chance because it's nothing like what the media made it out to be. It did not read like a parenting manual at all. To me, it sounded more like a memoir written for her daughters, so that they could understand why she raised them in the "Chinese Mother" way. It certainly helped me understand a little bit of why my mom does the things she does.
I highly recommend it! Though, I can in no way recommend this way of child-rearing.