Outliers: The Story Of Success

Paperback | June 7, 2011

byMalcolm Gladwell

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There is a story that is usually told about extremely successful people, a story that focuses on intelligence and ambition. Gladwell argues that the true story of success is very different, and that if we want to understand how some people thrive, we should spend more time looking around them-at such things as their family, their birthplace, or even their birth date. And in revealing that hidden logic, Gladwell presents a fascinating and provocative blueprint for making the most of human potential.

In The Tipping Point Gladwell changed the way we understand the world. In Blink he changed the way we think about thinking. In OUTLIERS he transforms the way we understand success.

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There is a story that is usually told about extremely successful people, a story that focuses on intelligence and ambition. Gladwell argues that the true story of success is very different, and that if we want to understand how some people thrive, we should spend more time looking around them-at such things as their family, their birth...

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of three other books, The Tipping Point, Blink, and What the Dog Saw, all of which are New York Times bestsellers. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996, prior to which he was a reporter with the Washington Post, where he covered business and science and also served as the newspaper's N...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.88 inPublished:June 7, 2011Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite Malcolm Gladwell book I enjoyed the different anecdotes, the easy languages, and examples. Gladwell's research was phenomenal and interesting.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read! I just finished reading all of Gladwell's books - Tipping point, Blink, David and Goliath, and Outliers- and this was another amazing read. If you are a fan of Gladwell this book will definitely intrigue you. A great mix between psychology and business.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great finish to trio Reading Gladwell's three books in a row -- Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers -- is a great way to look at the massive and seemingly hidden forces at play in our lives. Well worth reading together. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting and very readable! This is one of my favourite non-fiction books. Malcolm Gladwell shares his research in a very readable way with fun anecdotes. I have read other similar books where the authors seemed to add unnecessary fancy language to make the book sound intellectual but in my opinion made them boring. This was definitely not the case for Outliers!
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Correlation does not equal causation Parts of this book really grabbed me, like the hockey player anecdotes right off the bat and the school system analysis near the end. However other parts had me mindlessly reading through to move on. Overall it was easy to follow how opportunities and cultural histories shaped how some people were able to be successful over others. At the same time, that point was also shoved down your throat on repeat and you were reminded at the end of many anecdotes about all the past anecdotes mentioned thus far. Worth the read for a new perspective on success and some fun facts to bring up at parties to sound smart!
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Outliers is not a textbook of success, which would help you to invest in the right company that will become the next "google". Rather, Outliers is a series of lectures on the factors that one may overlook when pursuing her/his passion tiredlessly. I was delighted to read a quarter of the book in one go, while other times I had to put down the book between paragraph from the excitment. Outliers addresses some questions in my life: Why would a friend of mine never hand a decent job, even if he had a phd? Why would some regions in a country have better economy (or offer better opportunity) than the other regions do? This is just my two cents. On contrary, if I didn't want to achieve more than I was given for, Outlier might just be as good as a well-writen TV show to me.
Date published: 2015-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down. Fantastically written and not at all what I was expecting. A very eye-opening book.
Date published: 2015-10-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from don't bother well written, but poorly researched - no women worthy of mention so thumbs down from this reviewer.
Date published: 2013-12-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Read Malcolm Gladwell looks at circumstances surrounding the success of some very successful people like Bill Gates and Joe Flom, and concludes that No one has ever succeeded alone. He looks at success again and explains how culture, class and luck collide with hard work in some people's lives and end up giving us success stories like Microsoft, Skadden Arps, etc.
Date published: 2013-04-10

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"No other book I read this year combines such a distinctive prose style with truly thought-provoking content. Gladwell writes with a high degree of dazzle but at the same time remains as clear and direct as even Strunk or White could hope for."-Atlanta Journal Constitution