Outliers: Story of Success
This national bestseller examines the outliers, those who excel in particular ways. Is their success because they are brilliant? Or is it a combination of circumstances? In an accessible style, Malcolm Gladwell presents case studies from science, sports, feuding mountain folk, education, and more. His premise: successful individuals are more a product of the opportunities provided by environment, culture, situations, etc., and whether they seized those opportunities and worked hard. The combination of science, anecdotes and conversational tone make this a fascinating read. It may also expose personal misconceptions you have about success—and positively influence personal decisions as you educate your children. Note: some minor mild language as well as some potentially troubling situations are included. This edition includes notes, an index, an interview with author Malcom Gladwell, and reading group discussion questions. 321 pgs, pb. ~ Ruth
In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?
His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.
Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.