I will try.
My reaction to Gladwells work is much the same as my feelings toward Michael Moore when he became
known. I want to say
"Thank you, thank you for existing"
Outliers is fascinating, immpeccably researched and accessible. Gladwell consistantly chooses research in areas that most of us think we know about, assuming our conventional wisdom must be
based on something factual. The reality being, much of it is nothing more than long term societal brainwashing. When Gladwell reveals the big picture, which he does in a style as captivating as any novel; I'm left thinking
"these topics affect us on an intimate level why was this not done before?"
I suppose the answer is obvious. Sometimes we like our minds to stay comfortable.
No pretense, no elitism, no shock value, it's not necessary. Brilliantly researched and narrated work that stands on it's own.
Malcolm you rock!
If you are somewhat of a modern philosopher and also wonder "why are things the way they are today with...?" This is the audible book for you too! Fun, factual, and entertaining listening, with helpful insights.
This was so interesting and also well-written and well-read--he could have gone on with many more examples and I would have just kept listening! Particularly interesting to me was the information on intelligence and highly intelligent people. I love the idea that a certain IQ is "smart enough" and beyond does not predict increased success. I do know at least one person who is Mensa-certifed who was never able to hold a job or attain any level of success. Also, it is nice to know that good, old-fashioned hard work accounts for most of success that people achieve.
A lot to think about, though I might need to buy a paper copy to check out some of the references. Although admittedly, listening to these ideas made me a little depressed...
This book provides a lot of food for thought. Outliers is written so even my parents can understand and appreciate the principles surrounding hard work and opportunity it discusses.
I found it hard to get my father to listen to any audiobook for any decent amount of time. Outliers had both him and my brother spellbound.
As usual, Gladwell makes a great case for thinking in new ways about the world. His accessible writing and compelling stories keeps the reader engaged. Well worth my money and time.
I found this book entertaining and informative. While Mr. Gladwell does not discount talent he asserts that opportunity is the main driver of becoming excellent at something. That and practice and/or persistence.
Interesting and provocative, this work has the usual preface to each chapter consisting of a small story- individual or localized situation- and then broadens the perspective of the time, the place, and the mental attitudes of the people involved. The insights on heart disease were particularly interesting, as well as the differing parenting methods and how some kids get lost in the cracks and some excel. Things you know are true, but have a new light shed on them. Every teacher and parent should read this book.