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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)
Thinker Meets Explorer
Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point was the first book I ever listened to, well at least completely. I had a hard time grasping all the characters and unfolding plot lines in fiction at first – and had listened to the beginnings of some novels as many as seven times – before I fell in love with being read to in The Tipping Point.
I’m not sure if it was Gladwell’s fascinating concepts, or the feeling as if he was talking right with me, but I remember listening the whole way through, alone at home, one quiet autumn night.
…And the rest is history. I’ve listened to many more books since then – both fiction and nonfiction – but this one will always remain a favorite of mine.
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Malcolm Gladwell's book are very alike- full of stories behind a theory. This one is about the tipping point, something that can turn the luck of something/ someone around, and he tries to explain how we could achieve it.
Very good book. In my opinion, is 5 stars, the level of Outliers, and better than Blink.
Worth the read!
l'enfer c'est les autres
The author is an incredibly good story teller. He tells us many great stories from the ride of Paul Revere, the resurgent popularity of Hush Puppies, Sesame Street and to the reduction of violence in New York City. He links them all together with the overriding theme of fundamental change (the tipping point) within society. Each of the vignettes are exciting and will keep you on the edge of your seat and support his main narrative. In addition, he provides a survey of the then current state of the art of the relevant science.
The book was originally published in 2002 and his concept of 'connectors' is only enhanced by what has transpired with Facebook and the further development of the internet. The book is still just as relevant today.
After listening, you will quote some of his stories to your friends and will embrace them within yourself as your own version of reality. Any book which makes you see the world in a different way is a good book and this is a good book.
Usually, I don't like it when an author reads his own book. This one is an exception. I wish that all authors who read their own book would first listen to this book and emulate his style since he does such a good job in the reading.
I love learning, teaching, and exploring!
This book contained some very interesting examples of epidemics and provided mainly anecdotal evidence for how the tipping could be reached. The author presents some interesting insights into human behavior. I was left uncertain as to how to apply his ideas. Nonetheless, it is a good read and very interesting.
If you are fan of Gladwell, this book is more of the same: great stories distilled from studies by random social scientists. If you are looking for a first book of his to listen to, I would recommend 'Outliers' instead--it is more coheisive and an all around more compelling book. One thing about this version of the Tipping Point was the weird musical interludes at the end of each chapter--I have never heard anything quite as tacky in other Audible books. Some producer made a bad call on that one.
This is the first time I've done this, but I purchased both the paperback and unabridged audiobook. The audiobook was for doiong cardio at the gym, and the paperback was for the local coffee shop. Both were great. One thing that stood out about the audiobook was that it was read by the author. I found this really added to the value of the audiobook as Gladwell tells his stories very well.
I enjoyed "The Tipping Point" more than "Blink," if you're trying to decide which to do first, but both were very enjoyable.
- Excellent main topic
- Good arguments and insights
- Interesting stories and examples
- Too long and not down-to-the-point
- Could have been cut by 30%
- Examples sometimes stand alone without a clear relevance to the main argument
- The author goes too much into details instead of keeping in mind the main message
An interesting listen, but an abridged version would be a lot better.
This the second book I have read of Mr. Gladwell. His books are typical, typically amazing! He has a way with telling a story, which makes it the most enjoyable experience.
As I listened the time flew by. I think a lot of his conclusions are subjective to opinion, but a great listen non the less. He is a fantastic writer and I would recomend this book to anyone.
Eye-Opening, Smart, Entertaining.
It reminded me of Freakonomics because of how statistics were used to explain things and the issues discussed (both books talked about reasons why the crime rate dropped in the 90s). But I thought Tipping Point was better than Freakonomics because it had more of a unifying theme.
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