This book covers intersting social factors that may determine successful individuals. The author makes you think about culture, educational achievement, and hard work in a new way. As it is an entertaining read, the applied economic theories are a bit stretched. Overall, I would recommend Outliers but, follow it up with a book written by a true economist.
The content has slight biases but they do not detract from the viability of the analysis. There never appears to be an agenda to find demons or victims -- just reasonable explanations. The ideas were very eye-opening.
My family is from Scotland and Germany and we are a family of engineers. Because all my family are raised and taught that science and measurement are real.
I think this way because of the family I came from and how I was raised. I solve problems this way because my family is based more in science than faith. How can you measure faith? Or God?
Wonderful good full of insights and should be given to teachers everywhere.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this. Gladwell's books always seemed to teach me new things and this certainly did the same. It provided me an excellent education about many of the strange things that seemed like a coincidence learned that it was not in fact a coincidence but a strange series of events that all were very definable using numbers.
My one complaint was the reader (Gladwell himself) was a little dry however was not terrible.
Excellent book with lots to think about. However, I often thought while reading that he is not considering the influence of personal motivation which may also be effecting individual's success
Another must read book by this author. My preferences in order are: Blink, Outliers and Tipping Point.
Another fascinating look at how life works when you look at it from uncommon angles.
There is not much to add, if you enjoyed his other books you will enjoy this one.
Gladwell continues to give us new views into our society and its workings. Great stuff. There is a lot here even if some subject are open to ongoing debate. I do think Gladwell should be a bit more forthcoming in discussing the opposition to his statistical conclusions though.