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Publisher's Summary

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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You have opened a curiosity in me. That's why I open books every time. Thank you.

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Sad Allegory

As an American, I truly prefer a tale which is much less serendipitous. This is a perspective from entitled, elitist.... there is some truth... and ancestry provided advantages..... but discouraging synopsis for anyone midlife.

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Interesting but not a must read!

It's an interesting and well write book and the audio version is well done. However, it solely focused on the circumstance of what led successful people to become who they are without almost no regards to their efforts and perseverance.

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Good Read

Would you consider the audio edition of Outliers to be better than the print version?

I never read the print version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Outliers?

It was interesting to study equally smart students raised in different social settings and following less qualified academic students to find that after school they have done as well as their more qualified counterparts. The plane crash study was interesting a well.

What does Malcolm Gladwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It was well read. I can't compare the two experiences since I never read the book.

If you could give Outliers a new subtitle, what would it be?

A story of success

Any additional comments?

I have to agree with past reviewers about it having selective/questionable evidence. It was worth the read none the less.

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interesting

nice read. interesting stories that come up with conclusions I would like to continue to look into myself. I feel like a bad person for saying that the epilogue about his family was the least interesting part of the book.

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The book shows that anyone can be a success.

I loved how the writer broke down all the elements that contributed to the success of some of our greatest men and women. You could put yourself into the category and understand given the same life circumstances you to could have been a success.

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loved it. sent copies of the book to my family.

loved it,sent copies of the book to my6 family. Reading all of the authors books.

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Great listen

Enjoyed the entire book thoroughly. He takes you on a journey to many parts of the world and makes a strong case for the theory of success. Fantastic.

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Must read

One of the best books I have ever read. Loved each and every chapter of it.

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A Must listen book

Complex ideas explained clear with examples that are easily memorable so that enlighted topics last in mind.
Many thanks author for such useful product.