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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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    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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

    Membre since March 2008.

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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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    Mike Wesley Chapel, FL, USA 03-01-09
    Mike Wesley Chapel, FL, USA 03-01-09
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    "Where and When you were born"

    This book explains how and why (in theory) people become very successful. He gives a fantastic perspective on birth dates and opportunities when you're young.

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    Nathan Atlanta, GA, USA 02-18-09
    Nathan Atlanta, GA, USA 02-18-09
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    "Highly Recommended"

    While some of the conclusions seem a bit overstated, this book will challenge you to THINK.

    It discards the simplistic labels like "genius" and "smart", and digs deep into the reasons for ultra achievement.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    daniel 02-17-09
    daniel 02-17-09
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    "!!Changed My Perception On Success and People!!"

    There is never a short cut to success, there is however circumstances that many see as disadvantages but in the end play as the fabric of a suit being carefully woven by a master tailor, at the end you get a beutiful suit that makes people wonder where you got it. This book changed how I see success. From the idea of genius to how the way your raised actually does affect you for the rest of you life. I couldnt stop listening. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of success!!

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    Daniel. Princeton, NJ, USA 02-17-09
    Daniel. Princeton, NJ, USA 02-17-09
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    "Makes you think"

    "Outliers" may not persuade you, but it will make you rethink the meaning of the words like "intelligence" and "talent." It will also make you question how much of "success" really comes from culture, cohort, and circumstance.

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    Samuel Eagle River, AK, United States 02-17-09
    Samuel Eagle River, AK, United States 02-17-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Fascinating"

    I couldn't stop listening. It kept me up late several nights in a row. This is probably Gladwell's best to date.

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    Janine Cary, NC, USA 02-15-09
    Janine Cary, NC, USA 02-15-09
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    "Could Change Your View of Success"

    This is a very well written book that outlines how it's not just the individual who creates his/her own success, but how success is dependent on a number of factors that are completely outside of his/her control. He emphasizes the need for hard work - 10,000 hours - a message I believe we don't spend enough time advocating to our children today and he raises what I would consider some valid concerns about our public school system that seems to validate what is also advocated by Thomas Friedman in The World is Flat. What we need now is a book that provides some concrete recommendations that can balance the need to better educate ALL children while still allowing them to have "free time" to think, as is urged by professionals like Ned Hallowell, to avoid being "Crazy Busy". The narrator/author has a voice you want to listen to and his personal story at the end should make him more real to you.

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