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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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Fascinating non-fiction

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A really great and interesting listen on Audible! I want to read more Malcolm Gladwell after this read.

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Interesting and useful info but many big leaps

It covers the same ideas as influence by Robert Cialdni.

But this book makes too many logic jumps and broad stroke conclusions from common events in history.

If you listened to this book, go listen to Influence for a fuller more focused analysis.

I like the cases provided though. Interesting to learn about.

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love this book!

great book gives valuable incite into different events and why things are how they are.

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Absolutely Incredible Work!!!

I am impressed with the amount of research involved with this topic and in exceptional delivery. Every professional and leader should read this book at least twice. I am currently in sales, but have worked in leadership, marketing, and education. This book would have been an asset in all of those previous roles and will be valuable in my role today. I highly recommend this book and other books written by Malcolm Gladwell. You will not be disappointed.

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Eye opening!

This book was such an easy listen and full of eye opening stories. I have a new way of looking at things now and a better understanding of how to improve my business.

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Love Malcom Gladwell.

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

I like audio books better than print books, although I have not seen the print version of this book.

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It was unique. And the concepts discussed in the story made sense, but it makes you look at things differently. I also love the way Malcolm Gladwell reads.

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He's just down to earth and his inflections etc. really make you see the story.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I'm not sure. The Tipping Point seems to be its own tagline.

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Malcolm Gladwell's research is amazing. He's so interesting in the concepts he presents and the explanations he gives. I especially like The Tipping Point, because I'd like to reach that in my own life one of these days!

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Very insightful!

The authors voice is very soothing and easy to listen to. I learned a lot about the way people react to things, it was very interesting.

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Definitely enjoy reading Gladwell's books

I first found out about Gladwell in my sociology course and ran into each title which has led me to this one which didn't disappoint.

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  • Jonathan
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 05-02-17

Reshape your life!

Malcolm Gladwell is the best! His research and how he looks at the world for themes and patterns to better understand it is so unique and excellent!

A must listen!

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  • Justin
  • Farmington, UT, United States
  • 04-25-17

Great book!

what a great book! glad well is an amazing writer loved his other books this one is no exception great great writing.