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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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good book

very interesting read/listen. the author delivers their point across clearly, would recommend it to anyone wanting some insights in what makes great people great...

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  • 07-27-16

Did not meet my expectations

I've expected more from the book based on what people say about it.
There were some interesting points.

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Practical application missing...

It was a great start. The individual stories were great but in the middle it starts dragging all the way to the end.

It gave me appreciation for the different reasons that affect success, but didn't give me practical tools that I was looking for.

I don't like theory. I like something I can put to practice.

This is coming from a person who is already pretty successful with multimillion dollar businesses in US and India.

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great book. very nicely presented data

loved it. the book opens your eyes to the reality of how success isn't always under your control

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Interesting perspective

I enjoyed the book overall. I liked the different perspective explaining ideas leading to success. The book was well written and read. I didn't give 5 stars due to a lack of content. I hoped there would be more information and research done. It lays out a clear cause for outliers but I just wanted much more information.

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Sensational

it tells nothing happens by chance, esp. outstanding outliers, which is combination of all the different sources.

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Amazing

I really enjoyed this book on my way to work everyday. Insightful and interesting. Consider increasing the speed if you find that its's read too slowly as I did.

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Solid book

Life (and success therein) is a product not only of our own hard work but also of the circumstances we are bestowed with and experiences we have throughout.

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Don't waste your time or money

The story begins by eluding to possible ways where you (reader) might also become an "Outlier" but every example and story reverts to the same basic premise - "You won't find greatness without advantages beyond your own merits", "those who were fortunate enough to be born in the months January, February, and March are the only ones who could achieve the Outlier status", "all advantages in life just HAPPEN to fall into place for the selected elite."

One example is the brief and biased study of Bill Gates. All of his success, as the author illustrates, was more a product of chance and luck where he HAPPEN to be at the right place at the right time.

If you want to spend the next several hours cursing your parents for not scheduling your birth for a more Outlier conducive season, or depressed that life hasn't chosen you to be amongst the select fortunate then feel free to spend your money on this waste of paper and ink.

I recommend The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle.

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great listen, really enjoyed the narrative

As a Seattlite and a hockey player with a September birthday I could relate to the information and the narrative.