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Outliers: The Story of Success (edition 2011)

by Malcolm Gladwell

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Title:Outliers: The Story of Success
Authors:Malcolm Gladwell
Info:Back Bay Books (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 336 pages
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Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

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Narrated by the author. Malcolm Gladwell posits that success isn't the result of individualism, high intelligence and pulling up bootstraps as American society believes but a matter of basically being in the right place at the right time. This includes the month or year you were born, your cultural legacy, and often, pure damn luck. He illustrates with examples such as the best hockey players are born in January and software titans Bill Gates and others were born in 1954-55. The most intriguing example described why Asians are better in math (it all goes back to rice paddies and philosophy about work). All very interesting but there were times when I said, "Duh, of course, kids in higher income families are going to have better opportunities" or "Who doesn't know lighter-skinned blacks had it easier?" The book also bummed me out a bit because now I wonder what I've missed out on being born when I was with my current cultural legacy! Of course, on the other hand, how have I benefited?

I'd like to see a chapter on why some kids born into less than ideal situations (poor, bad neighborhoods, unstable families, etc.) are able to rise to success while their peers remain trapped in the old environment. Sonia Sotomayor as a recent example.

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  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
insightful ( )
  jimifenway | Feb 2, 2016 |
I found Outliers fascinating. This book reinforces the adage that practice makes perfect and blows away the falsehood of the self-made man. ( )
  CHPLAdultServic | Jan 27, 2016 |
I found Outliers fascinating. This book reinforces the adage that practice makes perfect and blows away the falsehood of the self-made man. ( )
  CHPLAdultServic | Jan 27, 2016 |
If I could give 1/2 stars this would have gotten 2 1/2 stars instead of 3. This was the first book of Gladwell's I read and although it was interesting at times, I felt like the salient points could have been summarized in ten bullets on the first page. I remember reading reviews of this book when it came out and wasn't moved to read it until a friend at work recommended it. No harm, no foul, but I wouldn't pass the recommendation along to any of my other friends. ( )
  Charlie-Ravioli | Jan 18, 2016 |
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“Outliers” has much in common with Gladwell’s earlier work. It is a pleasure to read and leaves you mulling over its inventive theories for days afterward. It also, unfortunately, avoids grappling in a few instances with research that casts doubt on those theories. This is a particular shame, because it would be a delight to watch someone of his intellect and clarity make sense of seemingly conflicting claims.
 
The world for Gladwell is a text that he reads as closely as he can in seeking to decode and interpret it. He is adept at identifying underlying trends from which he extrapolates to form hypotheses, presenting them as if they were general laws of social behaviour. But his work has little philosophical rigour. He's not an epistemologist; his interest is in what we think, rather than in the how and why of knowledge itself.
added by mikeg2 | editThe Guardian, Jason Cowley (Nov 23, 2008)
 
The book, which purports to explain the real reason some people — like Bill Gates and the Beatles — are successful, is peppy, brightly written and provocative in a buzzy sort of way. It is also glib, poorly reasoned and thoroughly unconvincing.
 
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Pretty good book to discuss some interesting phenomena in real life, and tries to find a reasonable explanation for them. It is good to read a book life this to discuss the success, by uncovering not so well-known facts like for Bill Gates, and some other people in computer science, which I have been learning by self-study for a long time.
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Amazon Best of the Month, November 2008: Now that he's gotten us talking about the viral life of ideas and the power of gut reactions, Malcolm Gladwell poses a more provocative question in Outliers: why do some people succeed, living remarkably productive and impactful lives, while so many more never reach their potential? Challenging our cherished belief of the "self-made man," he makes the democratic assertion that superstars don't arise out of nowhere, propelled by genius and talent: "they are invariably the beneficiaries of hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies that allow them to learn and work hard and make sense of the world in ways others cannot." Examining the lives of outliers from Mozart to Bill Gates, he builds a convincing case for how successful people rise on a tide of advantages, "some deserved, some not, some earned, some just plain lucky."

Outliers can be enjoyed for its bits of trivia, like why most pro hockey players were born in January, how many hours of practice it takes to master a skill, why the descendents of Jewish immigrant garment workers became the most powerful lawyers in New York, how a pilots' culture impacts their crash record, how a centuries-old culture of rice farming helps Asian kids master math. But there's more to it than that. Throughout all of these examples--and in more that delve into the social benefits of lighter skin color, and the reasons for school achievement gaps--Gladwell invites conversations about the complex ways privilege manifests in our culture. He leaves us pondering the gifts of our own history, and how the world could benefit if more of our kids were granted the opportunities to fulfill their remarkable potential. --Mari Malcolm

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The best-selling author of Blink identifies the qualities of successful people, posing theories about the cultural, family, and idiosyncratic factors that shape high achievers, in a resource that covers such topics as the secrets of software billionaires, why certain cultures are associated with better academic performance, and why the Beatles earned their fame.… (more)

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