Outliers: The Story of Success

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Allen Lane, 2008 - Success - 309 pages
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Why are people successful? For centuries, humankind has grappled with this question, searching for the secret to accomplishing great things. In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an invigorating intellectual journey to show us what makes an extreme overachiever. He reveals that we pay far too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where successful people are from: their culture, their family, and their generation. Gladwell examines how the careers of Bill Gates and the performance of world-class football players are alike; what top fighter pilots and The Beatles have in common; why so many top lawyers are Jewish; why Asians are good at maths; and why it is correct to say that the mathematician who solved Fermat's Theorem is not a genius. Just as he did in Blink, Gladwell overturns many of our conventional notions and creates an entirely new model for seeing the world. Brilliant and entertaining, this is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.

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Fantastic story telling. - Goodreads
I find some explanations are contrived. - Goodreads
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Fascinating premise. - Goodreads
Very readable ...Gladwell is an excellent writer. - Goodreads
Gladwell is always coming up with fascinating insights. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Dhananjay Hegde - Goodreads

While I was reading the Hockey league story I thought this was one other book that's going to explain some coincidences with some supporting data. I was a bit disappointed. However, as I read through ... Read full review

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User Review  - John Caine - Goodreads

Gladwell does a pretty good job of showing how "geniues" or "superstars" don't actually fit the narrative that we usually come up with to explain their achievements... that they overcame adversity and ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for The New Yorker. He was formerly a business and science reporter at the Washington Post.

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