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Editorial Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Like the best social dynamics professor you never had, Malcolm Gladwell deconstructs a wide range of phenomena (from the reduction of crime in New York to the rise of Sesame Street) to deliver a fascinating understanding of how "social epidemics" spread. And while author/narrators are often a mixed blessing, Gladwell is so friendly and well-paced that I was actually disappointed when The Tipping Point was over. —Ed Walloga

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Featuring a new afterword.

Why did crime in New York drop in the mid-90s? Why is teenage smoking out of control? Why are television shows like Sesame Street good at teaching kids how to read?

In The Tipping Point, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in society happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.

Gladwell uncovers the personality types who are natural pollinators of new ideas and trends. He analyzes fashion trends, smoking, children's television, direct mail and the early days of the American Revolution for clues about making ideas infectious.

The Tipping Point is an intellectual adventure story with an infectious enthusiasm for the power and joy of new ideas. Most of all, it is a road map to change, with a profoundly hopeful message: that one imaginative person applying a well-placed lever can move the world.

©2007 Malcolm Gladwell; (P)2007 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Gladwell, a New Yorker staff writer, offers an incisive and piquant theory of social dynamics that is bound to provoke a paradigm shift in our understanding of mass behavioral change." (Booklist)
"Hip and hopeful, The Tipping Point is like the idea it describes: concise, elegant, but packed with social power. A book for anyone who cares about how society works and how we can make it better." (George Stephanopoulos)

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Great story often hard to follow

I loved the stories, and the reality of real world events to explain his theories. It seemed fast pace sometimes with heavy amounts of information and I found myself drifting off lots. It took a long time to get through because i could only absorb so much info in a sitting. I will try and listen to it again because there was so much that I'm sure I learn more the second time.

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Though invoking

I really enjoyed all the real world examples with the story behind the story. It really gets the point across without being dry and boring.

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amazing

this book is not only that easy to get the best way to go back and enjoy.

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  • 03-15-17

At the tippy top of my list of favorites

Would you consider the audio edition of The Tipping Point to be better than the print version?

I'd have to say so. Mr Gladwell's narration really made the book come alive, more so than just printed text could.

What did you like best about this story?

The exploration of an idea. What makes something "go viral" to borrow a phrase. The book does a great job of exploring this concept.

Which scene was your favorite?

Likely the story that starts it out, the resurgence of Hush Puppies from an event that was out of their companies control, and not even deliberate on their part.

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So what can I add that hasn't already been said? Mr Gladwell is such a popular author it is hard to know how I can add value, but I shall nonetheless attempt to do so.<br/><br/>Out of all of Mr. Gladwell's books, this one is my favorite (and I've read all of them). Perhaps it is due to it being the first one I read, but I really love the exploration of this concept of a tipping point. <br/><br/>In addition, his narration is delightful. His voice is calming, and puts you in a frame of mind to be thoughtful and receptive to the concepts. I could almost envision sitting out front of a coffee shop, enjoying a nice Chai tea latte, in a small group with Mr Gladwell leading a fascinating discussion.<br/><br/>When it comes to the exploration of ideas, Mr Gladwell leads the pack of authors, and this book especially so.

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Great book as expected.

very insightful just as you'd expect from Malcolm Gladwell. there were parts of the book that required higher concentration but it was very educational.

however it might require a more up-beat, lively voice for the kind of material being shared.

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Gladwellesque

Well researched, not too long, tackles things close to everyday life and offers a perspective to give you a pause and look at things differently. Enjoyed it...

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Thought provoking listen

Really enjoyed listening to this. Malcolm brings up some really interesting ideas, highlighted with compelling studies. Made for daily conversation points with my significant other. Didn't like the background transition music though because it made hearing what Malcolm was actually saying challenging.

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Good, but hoping for more

Well written and narrated by Malcom with excellent examples. Very articulate.
But I'd love to hear examples of how people have since put his observations and Tipping Point criteria into practice. Another book perhaps?

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My first audio book

Was a good book with lots of intresting facts and informatio . unfortunately I found it repetitive and hard to finish.

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Learning to tip

Great review of the elements that cause a tipping point. Personally love the inclusion of so many real world examples covering a wide variety of industries. I have some great tips now on how to do more with my own real estate business!