Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can…

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (2000)

by Malcolm Gladwell

Other authors: See the other authors section.

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
16,742265106 (3.85)201

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 201 mentions

English (260)  Swedish (1)  German (1)  Catalan (1)  Dutch (1)  Spanish (1)  Danish (1)  All (266)
Showing 1-5 of 260 (next | show all)
In this book, Malcolm Gladwell explores the concept of the "tipping point", that moment when an idea, a product or a mode of behaviour becomes suddenly - and sometimes spectacularly - successful. Gladwell identifies three elements which he believes are necessary for this to happen : (i) influential individuals who "spread the word" (what he calls "the law of the few") (ii) an attractiveness intrinsic in the "message" or idea (its "stickiness") (iii) the environment or "context" which can, in subtle and effective ways, lead to a "tipping point". Gladwell then delves into each of these three elements, illustrating them with several examples and anecdotes taken from the fields of social psychology, history, economics and anthropology.

This is not the book I'd generally read. However, it was given to me as a Christmas present (together with another two Gladwell books) and I surprised myself by eagerly lapping it up in a couple of days. Are Gladwell's theories "verifiable"? I honestly don't know, and there might be other writers out there who hold very different views. However, the book's arguments are certainly laid out lucidly and convincingly. And Gladwell does know how to tell a good story, making what could have been a dry, theoretical book really "stick". ( )
  JosephCamilleri | Mar 8, 2017 |
Overall, the idea of tipping points is a fascinating concept that Gladwell explores through interesting, well-chosen examples. However, Gladwell's evidence lacks a modern relevance for the digital age, a fact he briefly acknowledges in the Afterward. I'm intrigued by how this book has affected the way people who have read it approach their goals, as in online petitioning/fundraising websites like thepoint.com and the 1,000 True Fans hypothesis for artists (http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2008/03/1000_true_fans.php). ( )
  StefanieBrookTrout | Feb 4, 2017 |
Not as good as Outliers...I don't see why this book should propel Gladwell to be a bestselling author. There are interesting nuggets of information like the 150 rule and transactive memory, but what he says are difficult to apply in real life. It is more applicable to the marketing and advertising world, rather than the world in general. After reading this, I am even more convinced that Gladwell is a good collector of good ideas, don't look to him for something original, and you won't be disappointed if you read his books with this frame of mind." ( )
  siok | Feb 4, 2017 |
Better than Freakonomics, I guess. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
Definitely worth multiple reads. ( )
  Zunaira | Dec 4, 2016 |
Showing 1-5 of 260 (next | show all)
This is a test.
added by timspalding | editTesting, Testing Testing (Jan 1, 2001)
I wish Malcolm Gladwell had chosen to use his considerable skills as a journalist to describe more examples of actual tipping points. In reaching instead for theory, he reaches well beyond where he, or anyone else, can safely travel.
What Mr. Gladwell has to say is instructive. If he hasn't got all the answers, he certainly offers a fresh way of looking at the problems.
This is a test.
added by timspalding | editTesting, Testing Testing (Jan 1, 2000)
Gladwell's narrative voice is so chummy and seductive, it's easy to get drawn into his worldview.

» Add other authors (4 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Malcolm Gladwellprimary authorall editionscalculated
Sandin, GunnarTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Information from the Catalan Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
To my parents,
Joyce and Graham Gladwell
First words
For Hush Puppies -- the classic American brushed-suede shoes with lightweight crepe sole -- the Tipping Point came somewhere between late 1994 and early 1995.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Information from the Catalan Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Original language
Book description
In this brilliant and groundbreaking book, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in out society so often happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Ideas, behavior, messages, and products, he argues, often spread like outbreaks of infectious disease. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0316346624, Paperback)

"The best way to understand the dramatic transformation of unknown books into bestsellers, or the rise of teenage smoking, or the phenomena of word of mouth or any number of the other mysterious changes that mark everyday life," writes Malcolm Gladwell, "is to think of them as epidemics. Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread just like viruses do." Although anyone familiar with the theory of memetics will recognize this concept, Gladwell's The Tipping Point has quite a few interesting twists on the subject.

For example, Paul Revere was able to galvanize the forces of resistance so effectively in part because he was what Gladwell calls a "Connector": he knew just about everybody, particularly the revolutionary leaders in each of the towns that he rode through. But Revere "wasn't just the man with the biggest Rolodex in colonial Boston," he was also a "Maven" who gathered extensive information about the British. He knew what was going on and he knew exactly whom to tell. The phenomenon continues to this day--think of how often you've received information in an e-mail message that had been forwarded at least half a dozen times before reaching you.

Gladwell develops these and other concepts (such as the "stickiness" of ideas or the effect of population size on information dispersal) through simple, clear explanations and entertainingly illustrative anecdotes, such as comparing the pedagogical methods of Sesame Street and Blue's Clues, or explaining why it would be even easier to play Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon with the actor Rod Steiger. Although some readers may find the transitional passages between chapters hold their hands a little too tightly, and Gladwell's closing invocation of the possibilities of social engineering sketchy, even chilling, The Tipping Point is one of the most effective books on science for a general audience in ages. It seems inevitable that "tipping point," like "future shock" or "chaos theory," will soon become one of those ideas that everybody knows--or at least knows by name. --Ron Hogan

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:45 -0400)

(see all 4 descriptions)

An introduction to the Tipping Point theory explains how minor changes in ideas and products can increase their popularity and how small adjustments in an individual's immediate environment can alter group behavior.

» see all 8 descriptions

Quick Links

Popular covers


Average: (3.85)
0.5 6
1 52
1.5 11
2 197
2.5 40
3 912
3.5 214
4 1705
4.5 134
5 967


11 editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 113,893,483 books! | Top bar: Always visible