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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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    JFF 03-08-15
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    "Enjoyed this book immensely"

    Well written, well read, though provoking ideas. Very interested take on underlying factors that lead to success. Wish my teachers would have read and implemented some of Gladwell's ideas, though I am not sure what I would have though, at the time, of longer school hours and less vacation.

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    drzuhc 03-04-15
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    "Opportunity"

    The gift of opportunity is a most powerful lesson hopefully the individual can see the benefit of the opportunity. Thanks

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    Lauren 03-03-15
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    "Beyond amazing, a must read for entrepreneurs"

    Every point he makes is well validated. Would recommend to any teenager or aspiring entrepreneur, as this book is incredibly encouraging and proves that many of us have an extraordinary chance to succeed, or at least our children do if we raise, teach, enroll & encourage them in the right way, time and place.

    Amazing!

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    Carroll Alexandria, VA, United States 02-27-15
    Carroll Alexandria, VA, United States 02-27-15 Member Since 2011
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    "A thoughtful work beyond the headlines"

    This well researched piece goes well beyond the "tribal wisdom" or fables about the lucky individual who miraculously rises above their circumstances.... also well written to portray the salient points. The best of his works.

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    gina fendley LOXLEY, ALABAMA, US 02-27-15
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    "Unique!!!"

    A unique perspective of the origins, roots and causes of exceptional people... The perceptive power of Malcolm Gladwell is an outlier in and of itself!

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    RAYMOND 02-26-15
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    "Outlier, is all about life's truths!"

    This book is a must read it listen by anyone who wants to get a healthy perspective of what it takes to be successful in your chosen profession or just life itself.

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    Brian A. Babb 02-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A nice dose of anti-individualism"

    Malcolm Gladwell Texas on a journey deep into the roots of successful people to show us that we are more like them then we may have ever imagined. he also provides evidence to suggest that communities cultural legacies are as important as individual contributions in the story of a successful person.

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    Jay Mac 02-24-15
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    "Meaningful"

    It feels like a story. Even though it's 20 stories it never feels like data research. I'm astonished at how many stories he tells. I often find myself trying to retell particular stories from his book because they seem to relate quickly to the rest of my life and the lives of others around me.

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    Patrick 02-20-15
    Patrick 02-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "well written!"

    impressed with the details. really makes you think. i wonder what opportunities i missed! will read his other books.

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    murphyll 02-12-15
    murphyll 02-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    Gladwell makes some keen observations based on critical research and has a great reading voice. I really enjoyed this book & highly recommend it.

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