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In this stunning new audiobook, 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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"Journalist Gladwell has established himself on the nonfiction bestseller lists by breaking down complex social science research into approachable concepts that can spark discussion around water coolers and cafe tables. Some of Gladwell's critics fault him for zeroing in on compelling anecdotes that may not consistently add up to empirical proof, but his flair for narrative serves him well as a reader. Gladwell builds dramatic tension into his storytelling — from the unique childhood of software tycoon Bill Gates to the secrets of success found along the rice fields of ancient China and Japan — making for an engaging listening experience even though the threads may not always tie together into a seamless package. The bonus author interview features some entertaining insights, including Canadian Gladwell's explanation for why so many comedy superstars hail from America's northern neighbor. A Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 22). (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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An investigation into the roots of success is conducted by the author of the bestselling "The Tipping Point" and "Blink."

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There is a story that is usually told about extremely successful people, a story that focuses on intelligence and ambition. Gladwell argues that the true story of success is very different, and that if we want to understand how some people thrive, we should spend more time looking around them-at such things as their family, their birthplace, or even their birth date. And in revealing that hidden logic, Gladwell presents a fascinating and provocative blueprint for making the most of human potential.

In The Tipping Point Gladwell changed the way we understand the world. In Blink he changed the way we think about thinking. In OUTLIERS he transforms the way we understand success.

About the Author

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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Denise Morland, February 18, 2009 (view all comments by Denise Morland)
In this interesting, well researched book Malcolm Gladwell discuss what the real factors to success are. He debunks the myth of the self-made man who succeeds through hard work and determination alone and uncovers the luck that helped these people out along the way.

I liked the way the book is presented. Gladwell takes this information, that some people are predestined to suceed because of their circumstances, and interprets it as there are a lot of other people out there who could also be big successes. If Bill Gates achieved so much because of opportunites he had in high school then how many stories like Bill Gates' would we have if all high school students had his opportunities? By not recognizing the hidden factors to success we are failing to realize, as a society, the full potential of many people.

Its an interesting idea and definately makes you wonder about your own life. What has happened that you don't even realize to get you where you are today? What hidden talents do you have that were just never given the opportunity to shine? Unfortunately without Gladwells' extraordinary data analysis skills these are hard questions to answer. Still, if this book makes people even a little more aware of unequal advantages it could be helpful in leveling the playing field.

I listened to this book on audio, read by Gladwell himself. He does a great job and the book has an easy flow that is pleasant to listen to. The interview with him at the end about how these ideas apply to his personal life is especially interesting.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781600243912
Subtitle:
The Story of Success
Author:
Gladwell, Malcolm
Author:
Author
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Subject:
Social Psychology
Subject:
General
Subject:
Success
Subject:
Success in business
Subject:
Psychology : General
Subject:
Psychology
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20081118
Binding:
CD-audio
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.82x5.26x.76 in. .40 lbs.
Media Run Time:
420

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Journalist Gladwell has established himself on the nonfiction bestseller lists by breaking down complex social science research into approachable concepts that can spark discussion around water coolers and cafe tables. Some of Gladwell's critics fault him for zeroing in on compelling anecdotes that may not consistently add up to empirical proof, but his flair for narrative serves him well as a reader. Gladwell builds dramatic tension into his storytelling — from the unique childhood of software tycoon Bill Gates to the secrets of success found along the rice fields of ancient China and Japan — making for an engaging listening experience even though the threads may not always tie together into a seamless package. The bonus author interview features some entertaining insights, including Canadian Gladwell's explanation for why so many comedy superstars hail from America's northern neighbor. A Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 22). (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , An investigation into the roots of success is conducted by the author of the bestselling "The Tipping Point" and "Blink."
"Synopsis" by , There is a story that is usually told about extremely successful people, a story that focuses on intelligence and ambition. Gladwell argues that the true story of success is very different, and that if we want to understand how some people thrive, we should spend more time looking around them-at such things as their family, their birthplace, or even their birth date. And in revealing that hidden logic, Gladwell presents a fascinating and provocative blueprint for making the most of human potential.

In The Tipping Point Gladwell changed the way we understand the world. In Blink he changed the way we think about thinking. In OUTLIERS he transforms the way we understand success.

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