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Outliers: The Story of Success

By Malcolm Gladwell

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Format: Hardcover, 309 pages
Published In: United States, 01 November 2008
In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band. Brilliant and entertaining, OUTLIERS is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.
EAN: 9780316017923
ISBN: 0316017922
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Dimensions: 20.73 x 14.17 x 2.74 centimetres (0.43 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

About the Author

Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for The New Yorker. He was formerly a business and science reporter at the Washington Post.


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

"In the vast world of nonfiction writing, [Malcolm Gladwell] is as close to a singular talent as exists today...[Outliers] is a pleasure to read and leaves you mulling over its inventive theories for days afterward...Outliers represents a new kind of book for Gladwell...It is almost a manifesto." -- New York Times Book Review "...The explosively entertaining Outliers might be [Gladwell's] best and most useful work yet...there are both brilliant yarns and life lessons here: Outliers is riveting science, self-help, and entertainment, all in one book.-A." -- Entertainment Weekly

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.

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peta smith on
A fabulous read. A realistic insight into the attributes of success based on research and scientific knowledge rather than marketing assumptions or political drivers. Questions why communities accept explanations at face value without attmepting to understand them. Equal opportunity could be addressed practically adn aspiring leaders could take note, using Gladwell's identified ingredients
Joseph Antoun on
Another great book by M Gladwell! Some of the ideas in the book are perhaps not ground-breaking although his writing style and research brings everything together nicely. Everyone will get something from this book - The average reader will prob read this book and feel much better, while the vetran reader will be left asking more questions and wanting more answers. Gladwell uses real life traits and cultures to explain some of the world's most succeful (and unsucessful) stories; even though he accepts natural talent, he argues it doesn't start or end there.

The book is def worth a read, and if you like it, then i would recommend Blink and Tipping point as well.


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