Why did crime in New York drop in the mid-90s? Why is teenage smoking out of control? Why are television shows like Sesame Street good at teaching kids how to read?
In The Tipping Point, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in society happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.
Gladwell uncovers the personality types who are natural pollinators of new ideas and trends. He analyzes fashion trends, smoking, children's television, direct mail and the early days of the American Revolution for clues about making ideas infectious.
The Tipping Point is an intellectual adventure story with an infectious enthusiasm for the power and joy of new ideas. Most of all, it is a road map to change, with a profoundly hopeful message: that one imaginative person applying a well-placed lever can move the world.
©2007 Malcolm Gladwell; (P)2007 Hachette Audio
"Gladwell, a New Yorker staff writer, offers an incisive and piquant theory of social dynamics that is bound to provoke a paradigm shift in our understanding of mass behavioral change." (Booklist)
"Hip and hopeful, The Tipping Point is like the idea it describes: concise, elegant, but packed with social power. A book for anyone who cares about how society works and how we can make it better." (George Stephanopoulos)
Great description of the findings from many case studies surrounding human social behavior. Good book to listen to in order to focus marketing efforts more effectively.
I get the point of the book and understand that the research must have been interesting. Personally, I found it drawn out and redundant. Easily could have all been said in many less chapters.
anyone who is or was a student of Psychology would have already been aware of the case-studies this book pulls from. The author puts them in a different context though and makes a very convincing case for his theory. In all, it's fairly short, incredible compact with intelligent ideas, to-the-point, and in the end makes sense.
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
study of how popular things get that way.
I was so fascinated with this book that I had to keep re-reading sections to re-absorb the information. LOVED, LOVED, LOVED IT!!!
I ordered this book on the recomendation of several colleagues and found it to be dissapointing. Many of the concepts are introduced but never brought full circle. While Galdwell often over describes the personality types in the book, he offers painfully little information on how to capture these individuals and profit from them.
The book was OK. It reads like "Freakonomics", which I loved. However, its case studies are far less compelling and too drawn out. To be honest, I only made it half way through the book before deciding to save my time for more compelling material.
A fascinating account of how the world works. It is a fantastic essay of how the smallest and seemingly insignificant events are catalyst for epidemics of all kinds. Fashion trends as epidemics may seem a strange concept but the author provides you with an "Ah-ha!" moment so often, you truly begin to realize how cause and effect really work on a world scale. The narration (by the author) is strong without being overly dramatic. A great listen...
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