Outliers: The Story of Success

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Little, Brown, Nov 18, 2008 - Psychology - 320 pages
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n 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.
 

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When I found out that I had to read this (a nonfiction book) for summer reading instead of a fictional novel, my expectations were pretty low considering the fact that I prefer fiction over nonfiction ... Read full review

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Very well presented book which changed my mind about success. Personally, while I concede that serendipity plays a much more important role in success than most of us realise (or like to admit), I ... Read full review

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Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996. He is the host of the podcast Revisionist History and the author of The Tipping Point, Blink, and What the Dog Saw. Prior to joining The New Yorker, he was a reporter at the Washington Post. Gladwell was born in England and grew up in rural Ontario. He now lives in New York.

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