Outliers : The Story of Success

By (author) Malcolm Gladwell


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From the bestselling author of Blink and The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers: The Story of Success overturns conventional wisdom about genius to show us what makes an ordinary person an extreme overachiever. Why do some people achieve so much more than others? Can they lie so far out of the ordinary? In this provocative and inspiring book, Malcolm Gladwell looks at everyone from rock stars to professional athletes, software billionaires to scientific geniuses, to show that the story of success is far more surprising, and far more fascinating, than we could ever have imagined. He reveals that it's as much about where we're from and what we do, as who we are - and that no one, not even a genius, ever makes it alone. Outliers will change the way you think about your own life story, and about what makes us all unique. "Gladwell is not only a brilliant storyteller; he can see what those stories tell us, the lessons they contain." (Guardian). "Malcolm Gladwell is a global phenomenon...he has a genius for making everything he writes seem like an impossible adventure." (Observer). "He is the best kind of writer - the kind who makes you feel like you're a genius, rather than he's a genius." (The Times).

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 20mm | 180g
  • 01 Aug 2009
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • 0141036257
  • 9780141036250
  • 1,545

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Author Information

Author, journalist, cultural commentator and intellectual adventurer, Malcolm Gladwell was born in 1963 in England to a Jamaican mother and an English mathematician father. He grew up in Canada and graduated with a degree in history from the University of Toronto in 1984. From 1987 to 1996, he was a reporter for the Washington Post, first as a science writer and then as New York City bureau chief. Since 1996, he has been a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine. His curiosity and breadth of interests are shown in New Yorker articles ranging over a wide array of subjects including early childhood development and the flu, not to mention hair dye, shopping and what it takes to be cool. His first book The Tipping Point captured the world's attention with its theory that a curiously small change can have unforeseen effects, and the phrase has become part of our language, used by writers, politicians and business people everywhere to describe cultural trends and strange phenomena. 'His other international bestselling books are Blink, which explores how a snap judgement can be far more effective than a cautious decision, and What The Dog Saw, a collection of his most provocative and entertaining New Yorker pieces.

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You will never again think as you did before about [success] ... This book deserves the gold star that adorns its front cover The Times Malcolm Gladwell is a cerebral and jaunty writer, with an unusual gift for making the complex seem simple Observer Makes geniuses look a bit less special, and the rest of us a bit more so Time Gladwell deploys a wealth of fascinating data and information to illustrate his thesis ... Outliers challenges accepted wisdom FT

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Easy and wonderful read

Why are people successful? In this book, Malcolm Galdwell argues that it is not the innate ability, or talent, of a person that makes him or her successful, but the opportunity and legacy that are present when the person is on the road to success. The author presents his argument with stories of success drawn from around the world. It is fascinating because after reading this book, you begin to appreciate how cultural differences determine a person's achievement. You will also learn that many people succeed because they are given opportunity that they themselves may not even be aware of it. The stories are interesting as well, making this book an easy and insightful read. This is the first Malcolm Gladwell's book that I read, and I must say that I am impressed! Would definitely recommend for anyone who would like to rethink their perspectives on success.show more
by Adrian Chew