If reading for you is to explore different ways of thinking about a subject, then this is for you. I found the book clear and succint with accessible common examples to cement the ideas.
The premise of the book is basically that no-one is self made and the community the person exists in and the opportunities afforded them make much of the difference. This is at odds with the current fashion in the West where the success or failure is posited with the individual. Those who believe in the primacy of the individual probably will not enjoy this book.
Although I found the first 1/3 a little slow, I really enjoyed the application of the author's insights in many anecdotes in the last 2/3. Interesting to realize that many of the one a million people are really not quite as "special" as we are accustomed to thinking.
Although some of Gladwell's assertions are subject to debate, there is no doubt that they are well presented and certainly make good "food for thought".
I usually listen to fiction, but the summary caught my attention and I was intrigued. I am so glad! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and was as enthralled as if listening to a thriller. It flows well, and I really like the anecdotal supporting stories.
The invocation of Hofstede's theory of social power distribution (PDI) was quite refreshing, and how one's socio-cultural background has so much influence on his/her success on the world stage. Gladwell writes so clear and concise that taking a break from the book was nearly impossible!
This may be his best work. Tipping points are now a clich? in business and media, but this work is a uniquely valuable insight about our misconceptions on personal success and is actually strongly tied to the Fundamental Attribution Error in psychology, which dates back to work done in 1967 and later coined in 1977;. It is absolutely worth the time and should improve your view on how success in yourself and others is best obtained.
Gladwell uses compelling stories to make a convincing case. On top of it being a well-written, well researched book, he narrates his work effectively and beautifully.
My only knock is that he occasionally finds things "hilarious" that are barely even funny, but overall this book is serious, compassionate, brilliant, and endlessly interesting. Get this book and you will know what goes into the making of an outlier. Very highly recommended.
This and an additional title, Cradle to Cradle, were compelling listening. This book initially talks about the source of success but the thought provoking information goes much further. Read this for light entertainment or for much deeper reflection - it has the uncanny ability to reach eash of us where we are.