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Outliers: The Story of Success | [Malcolm Gladwell]

Outliers: The Story of Success

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.
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In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.

Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.

©2008 Malcom Gladwell; (P)2008 Hachette Audio

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    Robert W JOHNSON CITY, TN, USA 05-09-09
    Robert W JOHNSON CITY, TN, USA 05-09-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Intriguing but the research is questionable"

    This book is quite intriguing, but often as I listened I began to wonder about his research methodology. His facts, while compelling seem to be only part of the picture and I began to wonder as to how much picking and choosing of facts was going on to support his points. His determination to support his rather deterministic view is clear throughout the piece.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dylan Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada 11-30-08
    Dylan Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada 11-30-08
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    "Intriguing concepts"

    Well thought-out book, written in a flowing and entertaining way, well read by the author... even if you don't 100% agree with everything said, you will find much value here!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Koh Bock Huat 12-29-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Not Convince By His Reasoning"

    After many rave reviews, I expected to enjoy the book but I didn't. I thought the point that success is factored upon opportunity and having the support of influential ppl was obvious. And you don't need a scientific research to figure that out or there is a need to proof it. However, I think he forgot that opportunities can be pursued and not brought to you and that's one major factor of successful ppl. In some cases, opportunities is a greater factor while in some cases the personal drive plays a greater role. I still feel it cannot be generalized.

    The 10,000 hrs rule is another ridiculous generalization and I am not convinced by his reasoning and neither do I see any meaning in such a finding.

    Sorry for the bad review... but this is just what I feel after listening.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Neale Blackwood PERTH, WA Australia 11-27-08
    Neale Blackwood PERTH, WA Australia 11-27-08 Member Since 2006

    Neale

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    "Great listen"

    A great listen. It takes you on a journey of understanding into the stories behind how many well known people succeeded. Very interesting and sure to provide some enlightening conversations about the stories. Covers things from air crashes to ice hockey and maths in between. Highly recommend.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan JUNEAU, AK, United States 09-29-13
    Ryan JUNEAU, AK, United States 09-29-13
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    "interesting but not enough"

    Interesting information but I got bored of it halfway through. Probably just not my cup of tea.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    S. MARIETTA, GA, United States 09-18-13
    S. MARIETTA, GA, United States 09-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Liberal Propaganda"
    What does Malcolm Gladwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His passion for his work is clear in his reading.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    His obvious socialist leanings are in your face throughout the whole book. Unqualified statements, such as 'tax breaks are only for the wealthy' are abundant. The 'anti-individualism' mandate of current left-wing thinking dominates this work.


    Any additional comments?

    There is plenty of interesting research in this book, it is just presented in the authors very biased world view instead of a purely factual manner.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gohar Issaquah, WA 05-19-09
    Gohar Issaquah, WA 05-19-09 Member Since 2008

    I Like scifi-fantasy, non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Wot, Got, Pillars of Earth, Century trilogy. Last read: Maritan. luvd it

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    "A new perspective to success"

    This book talks about successful people and how everything around them helped them get there. There were a few chapters that were stretched just to make a point. Certain chapters like the first one where the author keeps on talking about hockey players born in January was very slow and boring. but the latter ones with software entrepreneurs was very interesting. Malcolm Gladwell doesn't say anything new here except for the fact that every individual needs to work hard and practice makes perfect. The only difference here is the amount of research the author has gathered is remarkable and many of his facts and researches prove a point. The epilogue chapter was completely unrequired. I gave a 4 rating beacuse of those certain unrequired chapters. Great research and a good book to read once.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle Grand Haven, MI, United States 03-23-13
    Danielle Grand Haven, MI, United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    Success seemed to be defined by wealth and status. To me success can also be how well you meet your goals, relative improvement in living standard (i.e. moving from poverty to middle class), or even contribution to society. This book wasn't for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brian 03-19-13
    Brian 03-19-13

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    "Statistical Stupidity"

    In a culture of conformity, it doesn't take a rocket scientist or even a statistician to predict that success is predicated on an individual's environment. This is not a book about outliers. It is a statistical substitution of social determinism for true accomplishment.

    Completely vacuous.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Winfield BRYAN, TX, United States 09-03-12
    Winfield BRYAN, TX, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "You Did Not Make That"
    What did you like best about Outliers? What did you like least?

    Because Gladwell's "Outliers" were born into wealthy families, or at certain times, went to the best schools or whatever, they excelled at the creation of new technologies, wealth, etc. -- was at first reading an interesting and slightly novel idea.


    Has Outliers turned you off from other books in this genre?

    But by the time I was finished I was struck with the thought that maybe President Obama had just read this book before he made his now-infamous claim that "You did not build that."


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Gladwell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Do you think Outliers needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. He needs to explain why American freedoms created the conditions for American exceptionalism and wealth which is a key factor in the evolution of these successful people.


    Any additional comments?

    I suspect that Gladwell's hidden motive for writing this book is that he is likely just another socialist hack who is envious of successful people and by attributing their success primarily to luck, can detract from their accomplishments.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Athula
    Abingdon, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "An outlier in itself"

    This is a fascinating book and in some ways an outlier in itself. I was hooked and could not turn off from listening to it (at least the Part-I of it). I think Part-II is a little bit more of the fillers and he has run out of things to say and continue with the rant (althouh occasionally you will find some useful things). But the first part is gold and I was so impressed and bought the kindle edition and gave it to my teenage son (hopefully who might have realized it is much better to be an outlier than the norm). The audio book is really nice, read at a phase thinking about the listner. Highly recommend to anybody who is interested in becoming "unusual" (given that norm today -- especially in 2013, is to become a failure -- look at the Euroland and Eurpoe in general), and would like to know what it might have taken some outliers to be successful (the forgotten norm in the not too distant past).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • IYER
    Singapore, Singapore
    12/24/12
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    "Spellbinding"

    A tour de force from Malcolm Gladwell – again! Gladwell throws up multiple examples in an attempt to answer a generic question – what drives success. While other have attempted to answer this question from the standpoint of psychology, history, and even climate, Gladwell takes the micro approach in trying to see what determines peculiar cases of success, and whether the received knowledge and consensus views on the ingredients of success holds true. The results are a surprise, and eye opening!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Reading, United Kingdom
    11/1/12
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    "Read it"

    Everyone should read this book. Particularly if you have kids. But even if you don't. And it will give you a new appreciation of the Beatles musical skills.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Birgitte
    Taastrup, Denmark
    9/6/12
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    "Very entertaining and eye opening"

    I love the easy way of this author. He reads superbly, is funny, smart and very scientific, actually.

    One little thing, though: the book could do with a little cutting here and there, sometimes a bit too dragged out. But - great read nevertheless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chad
    Warrington, Cheshire, United Kingdom
    9/3/09
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    "Almost right on the money"

    So far the best Audiobook I have read. As an entreprenuer myself, I was interested to hear this take on success. Very interesting but doesn't recognise that successful people "don't let opportunities pass" and that this is just as important as his other points. Read it though, it is good.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wybrand
    JohannesburgSouth Africa
    7/27/09
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    "Interesting topics wrapped in great stories"

    Malcolm Gladwell not only brings across the facts, but keeps your thoughts captured by wrapping the facts up in great stories that makes it easy to relate to the topics! Great book!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Marina
    Abanto y Zierbana, Spain
    12/23/12
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    "Excellent listening"

    A remarkable book. Really interesting and gripping. I mostly appreciated the final interview with Gladwell. Understanding how it works the success should contribute to develop further opportunities to our entire society. Clear to follow even for non-native English speakers.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    London, United Kingdom
    5/21/12
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    "Fascinating Insight into the Worlds Elite"

    Gladwell offers evidence on what really leads to success, and it's not what the self help shamans want you to think.

    This was a great source of reference, along with a few others for my own book on personal improvement.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alistair
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    1/18/09
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    "Excellent!!"

    A really interesting book about what makes people successful.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Niall
    Longniddry, East Lothian, United Kingdom
    10/20/09
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    "Surprise!"

    Malcolm Gladwell is a God! This book will open your eyes to effects of seemingly innocuous every day events.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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