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Outliers: The Story of Success

213 Ratings: 3.2
A book by Malcolm Gladwell

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 inOutliers: why do some people succeed, living … see full wiki

Author: Malcolm Gladwell
Genre: Business & Investing, Health, Mind & Body, Nonfiction
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
22 reviews about Outliers: The Story of Success
review by . August 03, 2013
Malcolm Gladwell will have a new book out this fall, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.     Here's the bumph from his publisher Little, Brown. "Malcolm Gladwell,...   uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed. Gladwell examines the battlefields of Northern Ireland and Vietnam, takes us into the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, and …
review by . July 15, 2010
The common conception is that success is based upon intelligence: Orientals are more intelligent, therefore they excel in academics; the poor, living in slums, are not bright, therefore they achieve little or no success. Gladwell demonstrates with many examples that his notion is wrong.             Scientists have found that the people of Roseto, for example, of Italian descent, live longer than their neighbors or their ancestors because they …
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
Great book! Very motivating and an interesting study in social economics. Really made me want to read more by Malcolm Gladwell.
review by . May 24, 2010
Is Malcolm Gladwell just stating the obvious when he says really successful people achieve their success through a series of advantages? He labels such people as "outliers," a use of the word not sanctioned by the English dictionary. He's not interested in run-of-the-mill kinds of success, but of really huge kinds of success, like Bill Gates or The Beatles. Let me begin by saying that I found this book fascinating, and made my way through its 285 pages rapidly, eager to see what was on the next …
Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
I absolutely love this book! Gladwell explores the various ways and circumstances that allow people to be successful or not. Very interesting, as can be expected!
Quick Tip by . April 17, 2010
I loved Outliers - if you liked it you'll probably like Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics...as well as Gladwell's other books, of course.
review by . December 14, 2009
As many people at work were raving about this book I needed to read it for myself. I was a little reluctant at first because of some of the Amazon reviews saying that Gladwell culled information from a lot of studies and that the reader would be better served going to some of those studies themsleves.       Gladwell has done an excellent job of poring through mountains of data and presented many of these studies in a concise way that can be understood by any layman. Most of the …
review by . December 14, 2009
As many people at work were raving about this book I needed to read it for myself. I was a little reluctant at first because of some of the Amazon reviews saying that Gladwell culled information from a lot of studies and that the reader would be better served going to some of those studies themsleves.    Gladwell has done an excellent job of poring through mountains of data and presented many of these studies in a concise way that can be understood by any layman. Most of the …
review by . February 08, 2010
The common conception is that success is based upon intelligence: Orientals are more intelligent, therefore they excel in academics; the poor, living in slums, are not bright, therefore they achieve little or no success. Gladwell demonstrates with many examples that his notion is wrong.   Scientists have found that the people of Roseto, Pennsylvania, for example, of Italian descent, live longer than their neighbors or their Italian ancestors because they socialize, and the socialization …
Quick Tip by . December 10, 2009
Reading it right now based on so many of my collegues at work raving about it. After about 75 pages it rates four stars.
review by . June 07, 2009
Outliers is an excellent little book on what makes people extremely successful.  It turns out that luck (or opportunities) and hard work are the keys to extreme success.  In Outliers Gladwell provides numerous examples in sports, business, arts, and other endeavors that prove this hypothesis.  This is a well written, extremely insightful, and interesting look at the real stories behind success.
review by . May 21, 2009
A philosophical rant, if I may.   The thing that makes outliers unique is exactly the fact that, within a certain system, they lie beyond the norms. Outcasts and hermits in a society, or such a metaphor. To group them together to analyze them is taking away exactly what makes them unique. A group of outliers becomes a new standard (the standard of outliers) and amongst that group, further outliers (outcasts among outcasts) will emerge. In short, this book was a very stupid idea, from page …
review by . June 07, 2009
Outliers is an excellent little book on what makes people extremely successful. It turns out that luck (or opportunities) and hard work are the keys to extreme success. In Outliers Gladwell provides numerous examples in sports, business, arts, and other endeavors that prove this hypothesis.     This is a well written, extremely insightful, and interesting look at the real stories behind success.
review by . April 29, 2009
The Outliers
I am a huge fan of Malcolm Galdwell's yet I never had the chance to read Blink or the Tipping Point in their entirety. After reading the Outliers I will probably go back and re-read his first books.     The Outliers is a book about success, successful people and character traits, culture, uncontrolalble things about people that make them successful. Got me thinking. I'm thankful for my upbringing, the opportunities I have received in my life. Great book to get you thinking on …
review by . January 25, 2009
I read Gladwell's "Blink" and was not impressed. Now I've read "Outliers" and I am still not impressed with Gladwell's books, though I have enjoyed his column on occasion.     Gladwell has created an apparently profitable niche for himself. In "Outliers", Gladwell says he wants to lead us to an understanding of success.     He fails.     We get a mish-mash of disparate facts and then conclusions drawn without any real support. Want to excel …
review by . January 06, 2009
In reviews of Malcolm Gladwell's previous books, The Tipping Point and Blink, I express an opinion that Gladwell offers an insight that others have previously expressed and then requires 300+ pages to discuss it. His key points in both books could have been made in an article. Gladwell's "tipping point"(2002), for example, is essentially the same as Michael Kami's "trigger point" (1988) and Andrew Gove "inflection point" (1996). (Gladwell does acknowledge the importance of an article, "Broken Windows," …
review by . November 30, 2008
For me, Gladwell's books are very engaging. It's like he is solving an almost unsolvable puzzle in front of your eyes and is actually going to share the secret with you this time! It's very rewarding to read. Though Outliers is no Tipping Point (my favorite) it still works in just the same way.     Gladwell talks about people who just because of a different set of circumstances end up doing far better than their equal counterpart, a bit of the nature vs. nurture debate comes …
review by . January 27, 2009
This video review is a quick overview on what you will read about in the book, and why I found it so fascinating.
review by . January 25, 2009
In the blogging circles I follow, it's been nearly impossible to miss the frequent mentions of the book Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. I requested a review copy of the book, as I'm not sure I'd get through our library hold list for the next six months given the popularity of the book. I'm glad I made the effort to get a copy, as Outliers does an excellent job in destroying the common myths of what it takes to be successful.     Contents:  Introduction …
review by . December 16, 2008
A criticism common to both Malcolm Gladwell's previous books, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking and The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, was that while they were packed with interesting, well told, anecdotes there was no consistent underlying theme to the stories; no particular lesson to be drawn. For example, of the many anecdotes recounted about "thin slicing" some (such as an art expert's ability to instantly assess the bona fides of a statue) suggested …
review by . December 14, 2008
The difficult truth is that human success, like human failure is a result of both nature and nurture. The quality of the seed and the opportunity offered by the ground in which it is planted. For some reason, it's hard for us to keep both of these things in mind.  Gladwell's book is a neatly-told reminder of the importance of nurture, but it is definitely not a 'proof' of anything. He picks for his cases only the ones that demonstrate his conclusion. Since the pendulum seems to be swinging …
review by . November 18, 2008
Once again Gladwell gets beneath the hood of life and finds out how the engine runs. In Outliers he takes on diverse subjects, looking at them in ways that haven't been elucidated before (except by a few). He is a collector of these stories, not the original investigator, but he is more interesting for that reason. He synthesizes the knowledge, assembling disparate accounts into a coherent and surprising truth. He is also a wonderful story-teller. He makes the stories interesting and easy to read. …
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