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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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Expanded my worldview

Fascinating book. It's almost impossible to comprehend all the factors that contribute to peoples' success or lack there of. He makes sure to point out that dedication and hard work are necessary, but not always sufficient factors. Can't wait to read more of Gladwell

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Loved it!

Fascinating stories I've never heard before...I read it months ago and it resonates for a long time. I find myself thinking of the interesting tidbits in this book all the time.

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Thought-provoking

This book reminded me quite a bit of David and Goliath, which is the first Gladwell book I read. Sometimes the conclusions feel oversimplified or even far-fetched, but the book certainly is though-provoking. I enjoyed it especially because the stories made me reflect on my own life, legacy and community so I could more clearly see why I am who I am and where I am going.

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Excellent

Great insight into how success is as much luck or circumstances as any thing else

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Very insightful

Interesting, profound, dot connecting at its pinnacle. Provides understanding and evolution of success. Very enjoyable

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Interesting read

this book provides an interesting perspective regarding the subject of how people that our society deems successful obtains their success.

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A rewarding challenge to conventional wisdom

A well-written and narrated book with a message that America desperately needs to hear. Listening to this book is a good step toward enlightenment.

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not as good as the tipping point

book was OK but it amounts to "practice makes perfect". not as interesting as the tipping point.

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Fascinating book

If you could sum up Outliers in three words, what would they be?

Intelligent, fascinating and informative

What did you like best about this story?

Growing up with this notion that every success is based on pulling yourself up by your bootstraps and working hard. This book really dispels the myth that only hard work will get you far. It explains that outliers are often circumstance of societal rules, traditions and timing, along with hard work.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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I had never heard the 10,000 hour rule, thinking about the Beatles and how many hours they had put in before they had their biggest hit album, really tells you a lot about both the amount of practice needed to be an elite performer and circumstance. I thought it was interesting that it takes around 10,000 hours to really master or become an expert at something.

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Best Malcolm Gladwell book.

If you could sum up Outliers in three words, what would they be?

His best book.

Any additional comments?

I've read all of Malcolm Gladwell's novels and this was easily his best.