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Outliers: The Story of Success

By Malcolm Gladwell

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Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 24 June 2009
Why do some people achieve so much more than others? Can they lie so far out of the ordinary? Malcolm Gladwell looks at everyone from rock stars to scientific geniuses to show that the story of success is far more surprising, and inspiring, than we ever imagined. 'Malcolm Gladwell ... has a genius for making everything he writes seem like an impossible adventure' Tim Adams, Observer'The best kind of writer - the kind who makes you feel like you're a genius, rather than he's a genius' Dominic Maxwell, The Times'I wanted to cheer or clap' William Leith, Evening Standard'Fizzingly entertaining and enlightening' Harry Ritchie, Daily Mail
EAN: 9780141036250
ISBN: 0141036257
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.8 centimetres (0.24 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

About the Author

Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, and author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What The Dog Saw and David and Goliath.


Journalist Gladwell has established himself on the nonfiction bestseller lists by breaking down complex social science research into approachable concepts that can spark discussion around water coolers and cafe tables. Some of Gladwell's critics fault him for zeroing in on compelling anecdotes that may not consistently add up to empirical proof, but his flair for narrative serves him well as a reader. Gladwell builds dramatic tension into his storytelling-from the unique childhood of software tycoon Bill Gates to the secrets of success found along the rice fields of ancient China and Japan-making for an engaging listening experience even though the threads may not always tie together into a seamless package. The bonus author interview features some entertaining insights, including Canadian Gladwell's explanation for why so many comedy superstars hail from America's northern neighbor. A Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 22). (Nov.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

You will never again think as you did before about [success] ... This book deserves the gold star that adorns its front cover * The Times * Malcolm Gladwell is a cerebral and jaunty writer, with an unusual gift for making the complex seem simple * Observer * Makes geniuses look a bit less special, and the rest of us a bit more so * Time * Gladwell deploys a wealth of fascinating data and information to illustrate his thesis ... Outliers challenges accepted wisdom * FT *

Gladwell's third self-read audiobook, after The Tipping Point and Blink. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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Margaret Birrell on
A very insightful book. Well written and easy to read, I really like it. The author explains very well his theory on how greatly successful people become so successful - is it chance or pure luck or just being in the right place at the right time. He backs up his theories with lots of evidence. A very intelligent writer!
Kim Dewe on
I found "Outliers" on the "Best-Sellers" shelf in the busy budget terminal of Changi Airport in Singapore. I had never heard of it before but after flicking through a few pages, it had an idea which interested me - success.

This book gave me optimism which I still have now - 1 year after I finished reading the book. It reminds me of how someone like me, living in a small town in New Zealand can too have success in any field if I am willing to put the hours in. Despite the many statements Caldwell puts together without proving they came from any reputable source and the many obvious conclusions he makes, I quite enjoyed reading about the theories of others which without doubt were quite convincing.

I would definitely recommend reading "Outliers" for many reasons - changing your mentality about life, reading short biographies on famous and rich people and lastly to help develop your own ideas on the theories produced by Caldwell.
Marie Budimir on
loved it - one of those books that you don't want to put down and can't wait to pick up - just to see where Gladwell's mind goes in painting the picture of how success really comes to be. It makes you wonder how random success really is and why some people who don't seem that bright get to be very successful. This book sheds light on a lot of mysterious human happenings. Love his easy writing style and his attention to detail.
D J Shin on
By reading this book some will get very disappointed about his/her situation and even feel no hard work will make them rewarded. However, as real people examples show if you put at least 10,000 hours of practice on one field you will be the expert and may start making money. So don't give up, don't complain, just do what you want to do again and again!!
Gavin MacMillan on
Another Gladwell classic. He just keeps on debunking and explaining human phenomena in a way that's interesting and accessible.

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