Outliers : The Story of Success

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Why do some people achieve so much more than others? Can they lie so far out of the ordinary? Malcolm Gladwell looks at everyone from rock stars to scientific geniuses to show that the story of success is far more surprising, and inspiring, than we ever imagined.

'Malcolm Gladwell ... has a genius for making everything he writes seem like an impossible adventure' Tim Adams, Observer

'The best kind of writer - the kind who makes you feel like you're a genius, rather than he's a genius' Dominic Maxwell, The Times

'I wanted to cheer or clap' William Leith, Evening Standard

'Fizzingly entertaining and enlightening' Harry Ritchie, Daily Mail
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 20mm | 180g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141036257
  • 9780141036250
  • 11,462

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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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About Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, and author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What The Dog Saw and David and Goliath.
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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
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377,738 ratings
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4 40% (152,165)
3 17% (63,602)
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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
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