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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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    Alison Manville, NJ, USA 05-04-09
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    "An Intriguing Read...."

    This book covers intersting social factors that may determine successful individuals. The author makes you think about culture, educational achievement, and hard work in a new way. As it is an entertaining read, the applied economic theories are a bit stretched. Overall, I would recommend Outliers but, follow it up with a book written by a true economist.

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    DSH 05-04-09
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    "Well worth the time"

    The content has slight biases but they do not detract from the viability of the analysis. There never appears to be an agenda to find demons or victims -- just reasonable explanations. The ideas were very eye-opening.

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    Jason 04-28-09
    Jason 04-28-09
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    "It helped me understand how I got to be who I am."

    My family is from Scotland and Germany and we are a family of engineers. Because all my family are raised and taught that science and measurement are real.

    I think this way because of the family I came from and how I was raised. I solve problems this way because my family is based more in science than faith. How can you measure faith? Or God?

    Wonderful good full of insights and should be given to teachers everywhere.

    Jason

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    Eric D. Barstad Minnetonka, MN 04-20-09
    Eric D. Barstad Minnetonka, MN 04-20-09 Member Since 2010

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    Ben amarillo, TX, USA 04-13-09
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    "Good but not great"

    Tipping Point and Blink were a much better read then this latest effort from Gladwell. Still, I enjoy his incredible research!

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    Paul Tomasch 03-12-09 Member Since 2007
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    "perfect read!"

    very interesting book. I did not want to stop listening to it. Completely different than what i read before. a must read for everyone.

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    Jamison Thomaston, CT, USA 03-06-09
    Jamison Thomaston, CT, USA 03-06-09
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    "Excellent book"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this. Gladwell's books always seemed to teach me new things and this certainly did the same. It provided me an excellent education about many of the strange things that seemed like a coincidence learned that it was not in fact a coincidence but a strange series of events that all were very definable using numbers.

    My one complaint was the reader (Gladwell himself) was a little dry however was not terrible.

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    Gerald Mesa, AZ, USA 03-05-09
    Gerald Mesa, AZ, USA 03-05-09 Member Since 2007
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    "He needs to also review motivations to succeed"

    Excellent book with lots to think about. However, I often thought while reading that he is not considering the influence of personal motivation which may also be effecting individual's success

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    Blashy Québec, Canada 03-02-09
    Blashy Québec, Canada 03-02-09 Member Since 2014

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    "If you like his other books this one is a must."

    Another must read book by this author. My preferences in order are: Blink, Outliers and Tipping Point.

    Another fascinating look at how life works when you look at it from uncommon angles.

    There is not much to add, if you enjoyed his other books you will enjoy this one.

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    Ginger Birmingham, Al USA 03-02-09
    Ginger Birmingham, Al USA 03-02-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Gladwell does it again"

    Gladwell continues to give us new views into our society and its workings. Great stuff. There is a lot here even if some subject are open to ongoing debate. I do think Gladwell should be a bit more forthcoming in discussing the opposition to his statistical conclusions though.

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