Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.
©2008 Malcom Gladwell; (P)2008 Hachette Audio
Gladwell ferrets out the myths that we would like to be true but always knew weren't that simple. I'd give the book 4.5 stars because the section on education doesn't address how Finish kids manage to score the best globally while at the same time not attending school in the same proportion as the children in the far east.
A great book that suprisingly to me turned out to b great to listen to. I was a little worried knowing that Gladwell typically uses a lot of statistics in his writing, but it held my attention quite well.
This is an amazing book. Explanation on why some children are smarter and some not is a great read and something every parent should be aware of. It will help guard against cultural traits (every culture has some) that could prevent future generation from becoming successful/outliers.
I will try.
My reaction to Gladwells work is much the same as my feelings toward Michael Moore when he became
known. I want to say
"Thank you, thank you for existing"
Outliers is fascinating, immpeccably researched and accessible. Gladwell consistantly chooses research in areas that most of us think we know about, assuming our conventional wisdom must be
based on something factual. The reality being, much of it is nothing more than long term societal brainwashing. When Gladwell reveals the big picture, which he does in a style as captivating as any novel; I'm left thinking
"these topics affect us on an intimate level why was this not done before?"
I suppose the answer is obvious. Sometimes we like our minds to stay comfortable.
No pretense, no elitism, no shock value, it's not necessary. Brilliantly researched and narrated work that stands on it's own.
Malcolm you rock!
If you are somewhat of a modern philosopher and also wonder "why are things the way they are today with...?" This is the audible book for you too! Fun, factual, and entertaining listening, with helpful insights.
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