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Outliers

The Story of Success
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Little, Brown
 | 
June, 2011
ISBN:
9780316017930
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Banyen's Description: 

Here Malcolm Gladwell, author of the bestsellers The Tipping Point and Blink, 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.

Gladwell casts his inquisitive eye on those who have risen meteorically to the top of their fields, analyzing developmental patterns and searching for a common thread. The author asserts that there is no such thing as a self-made man; that “the true origins of high achievement” lie instead in the circumstances and influences of one’s upbringing, combined with excellent timing.

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 (their cultures demand it), why top New York lawyers all have the same resumé, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band. In short, possibility comes “from the particular opportunities that our particular place in history presents us with.” This theme appears throughout the varied anecdotes.

Intriguing and quite entertaining, Outliers will delight and illuminate, while leaving you to mull over his inventive theories for days afterwards.

Publisher’s Description: 

In the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has written three books that have radically changed how we understand our world and ourselves: The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers. Regarded by many as the most gifted and influential author and journalist in America today, Gladwell has the rare ability to connect with audiences of tremendously varied interests. There are over 10 million copies of his books in print. Now, Gladwell's landmark investigations into the world around us are collected together for the first time. Beautifully repackaged and redesigned, with newly added illustrations throughout each book, COLLECTED is a perfect treasury of prose and provocation for Gladwell fans old and new.

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