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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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It was a quick read, and the anecdotes were fun (my favorite was about airplane crashes), but I don't know if I'm.... impressed, you know? Like, ok hard work and circumstance creates "success" but that's just like, uh, whatever? Like I get that. But then his arguments weren't as convincing as I thought they should be. Like, lots of successful people (and he consistently defines success as a high powered job with a lot of money, like being a lawyer or something, honestly he mentions lawyers so much! not like, having happy relationships or being emotionally and/or spiritually healthy), you can look back at their history and see privilege and hard work. But what about people who have done all the hard work but no success? and all the privilege and success without hard work? I don't think we get their stories and it feels like he's sweeping something under the rug and hoping we won't notice. Maybe if he even just mentioned it in passing. So basically it starts off as like, "the world is NOT a meritocracy!" but then it ends with "the world is actually a pretty good meritocracy if you are realistic." Weird.

Well, a meritocracy of hard work as opposed to a meritocracy of talent/brains. Which... now makes me think that is this like his defense of... sure Gladwell is smart but it was more important that he was lucky and worked hard? which maybe that irritates Gladwell more than it irritates me. As an American I get irritated by the "pull yourself up by the bootstraps" BS so. ( )
  Joanna.Oyzon | Apr 17, 2018 |
This was such an unexpected pleasure to listen to. The narration was fantastic. The information clear and written is such a way that I absorbed and considered the facts presented. For me that is amazing, I am easily distracted and seldom retain most information, ADHD yep. Some of the information seemed stretching, borderline ridiculous, but there were numbers to back the claim. I found his research on the learning systems around the world and the KIPP program the most interesting. It was just another wake up call for American school systems. I listened to this one and want to read it now so I can spend more time thinking about the revelations he explores.
I loved it. I think it was one of the best information books I've read on this subject. ( )
  TheYodamom | Mar 29, 2018 |
Amazing stuff. ( )
  LiteraryW | Mar 19, 2018 |
Not as good as his other books. I felt he tended to jump from topic to topic. The last chapter was also rather sudden. It seemed trhust in, although it was a little sweet. I can't say I felt it was a good tie in to the other parts of the book. ( )
  acciolibros | Feb 11, 2018 |
This just depressed me. It took me a year to read because of that. The American Dream is dead. Rather, it was a myth from the start. I'd rather just read it in fiction like GATSBY. It's much more glamorous and one-step removed that way. ( )
  MsKathleen | Jan 29, 2018 |
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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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