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The Tipping Point Audiobook

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

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.
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Why we think it's Essential: Like the best social dynamics professor you never had, Malcolm Gladwell deconstructs a wide range of phenomena (from the reduction of crime in New York to the rise of Sesame Street) to deliver a fascinating understanding of how "social epidemics" spread. And while author/narrators are often a mixed blessing, Gladwell is so friendly and well-paced that I was actually disappointed when The Tipping Point was over. —Ed Walloga

Publisher's Summary

Featuring a new afterword.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Fantastically well thought-out. Malcolm really knows how to take a subject and intertwine stories, in order to deliver a piece a wisdom. Already read two, and can't wait to read more of his books.

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    Very rich and insightful. Has many practical application in starting up a business. At first thought the narrator could have been better but the more you listen the more perfect his tone is.

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    Great style, awesome stories to serve as examples of a very thought provoking theory. Would recommend to anybody that likes Mr Gladwell's other books.

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    david 05-01-15
    david 05-01-15 Member Since 2014

    Reader of wisdom, constantly hungry to improve.

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    the tipping point is a concept that will change the way you look at everything

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    "Loved it !"

    I like hearing Malcolm Gladwell read his own work. There's an ease to his performance not found in other audio books. The material is thought provoking and instantly applicable to everyday interactions. Really enjoyed the tipping point !

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    "mind blowing"

    Even 15 years later this book is very applicable. Defiantly changes the way I approach solving problems in my life. Also makes me way more frustrated with conservatives and religious groups. They all NEED to listen/read this!

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    Malcolm is a brilliant thinker. I love his books. If you've ever wanted to understand the bigger picture of why things go "viral" than this is the place to start.

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    Sallu 04-20-15
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    "Good story, excellent narration"

    A well written book. It does provide insights on few tipping points that we otherwise fail to realize.
    What I didn't like about the book was the author's obsession with Sesame Street. In my opinion, the section could be abbreviated a bit.
    Overall, if your interest is in behavioral science, intellectual perspective etc, this is one book you shouldn't miss.
    I might get an actual hard copy as well, just to highlight few important points the author mentioned for future reading.

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    I like the premise of the book. Just goes to prove the world is very complex.

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    "Interesting and engaging read!"

    The most memorable takeaway, is that to take and idea to the next level you need three categories of people: mavens, connectors and salesman!

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