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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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EXCITINGLY ILLUMINATING! ( )
  NatalieAsIs | Oct 23, 2014 |
Gladwell has a gift for taking topics we think we understand and explaining them from a new perspective or with different information that makes us realize we had no idea in the first place! His prose is straightforward and his illustrations are compelling. This book is well researched and well reasoned. If you've ever wondered what success really means and what it takes to succeed, this is a must read. ( )
  LaineyMac | Oct 20, 2014 |
Up until recently our group has not read a lot of non-fiction, but this year we decided to make a concerted effort to do so. The question is … what should we read? Our interests are wide and varied so it shouldn’t be too hard to find something. The problem is, as readers we have already read most of the non-fiction that appeals to us.
Here is where an author like Malcolm Gladwell comes in. His books tend to be written as a social commentary (backed with studies and statistics) on a combination of universally significant, and yet at times seemingly banal topics. In the Outliers he talks us through the circumstances which result in everything from star hockey players and award winning airlines, to software magnets and multi-millionaire entrepreneurs. His statistics can bring on a slight case of the ‘glazed eye’ syndrome, but his research is sound and generally he argues his case in a very entertaining and informative way.
On the whole we found the read to be serious food for thought with an amazing amount of information fired out at a fast pace. Certainly fast enough to keep those pages turning!
Everyone had their favourite chapter … some liked the idea of the magic 10,000 hours of practice, others the close look at cultural differences, and then Gladwell’s last chapter outlining his own family background we all found extremely interesting, adding a real human touch to an author so consumed with facts and figures.
Whichever, they all culminated in a great discussion on a huge range of topics. A perfect book for a group interested in a constantly changing and puzzling world. Highly recommended! ( )
  DaptoLibrary | Oct 2, 2014 |
An outstanding book that shares some of the themes from [b:Talent is Overrated|4485966|Talent Is Overrated What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else|Geoff Colvin|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41QHazfqyHL._SL75_.jpg|4642546] but with a different main message: anyone who has had success in life -- from Bill Gates to the Beatles -- did not succeed because of their genius or who they are, but rather because of the unique opportunities that they just happened to be given. Bill Gates happened to have been born at just the right time to be just the right age when the first personal computer appeared on the market. Then he just happened to be attending the only high school in the world with newly-developed computer-programming tools. Then he just happened to have been given free and unlimited access to a unique computer lab, allowing him to get hundreds of hours of programming experience unavailable to almost everybody else.

A very, very good book with many, many more examples like the above. ( )
  piersanti | Sep 28, 2014 |
An easy read of these sort of books, business or pop psychology, and interesting. It seems to speak to the current meme: you didn't do it by yourself. Success is a combination of timing, family, opportunities, talent, intelligence and passion. Miss one and you don't achieve as much as you could have. ( )
  susanbeamon | Aug 19, 2014 |
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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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