Outliers: Book summary and reviews of Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers

The Story of Success

by Malcolm Gladwell

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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.

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"It is the seemingly airtight nature of Gladwell's arguments that works against him...he is free to cherry-pick those cases that best illustrate his points. Real life is seldom as neat as it appears in a Malcolm Gladwell book." - Publishers Weekly (Signature Review).

"It's all very readable, but not particularly surprising. " - Library Journal.

"[T]he author's lively storytelling and infectious enthusiasm make it an engaging, perhaps even inspiring, read. Sure to be a crowd-pleaser." - Kirkus Reviews.

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Malcolm Gladwell Author Biography

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers — The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath. He is also the co-founder of Pushkin Industries, an audio content company that produces the podcasts Revisionist History, which reconsiders things both overlooked and misunderstood, and Broken Record, where he, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam interview musicians across a wide range of genres. Gladwell has been included in the TIME 100 Most Influential People list and touted as one of Foreign Policy's Top Global Thinkers.

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