Outliers: The Story Of Success by Malcolm GladwellOutliers: The Story Of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers: The Story Of Success

byMalcolm Gladwell

Paperback | June 7, 2011

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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,Outliersis a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.
Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996. He is the host of the podcast Revisionist History and the author of The Tipping Point, Blink, and What the Dog Saw. Prior to joining The New Yorker, he was a reporter at the Washington Post. Gladwell was born in England and grew up in rural Ontario. He now lives in ...
Title:Outliers: The Story Of SuccessFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.45 × 1.15 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.45 × 1.15 inPublished:June 7, 2011Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent A fascinating book on the topic of success. Great read, highly recommend it.
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big Fan of Malcom Gladwell I first enjoyed Freakonomics and now, Outliers. Malcolm Gladwell has definitely mastered a new style of writing that combines academic research and analysis with popular prose. A great read for anyone who is has ever wondered what makes high-achievers different.
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A new perspective on success A fresh perspective on life, perceived advantages and perceived disadvantages and how both play a role in terms of defining our lives. A must read for anyone even just vaguely interested in psychology.
Date published: 2018-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! Malcolm Gladwell is a literary genius! I have read and love all of his books! This one is no exception, I wouldn't say it is his best book (go read Blink!) BUT it is still amazing. If you do decide to tackle the Gladwell series, start with What the Dog Saw (a collection of pieces) and end with Blink. Gladwell provides an interesting take on success that many of us probably haven't thought about until now.
Date published: 2018-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Read This book presents a different way of looking at things that isn't often thought about. Great read.
Date published: 2018-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended, all of his titles, in fact Loved the individual stories that Gladwell details in such convincing narrative. One of the great intellectuals of our time, a true genius. A highly recommended collection of books he is able to boast in his CV.
Date published: 2018-05-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very interesting read but too many examples and redundancy This is a book from which everyone can learn a thing or two. Gladwell discusses the different factors that play into a person's success - hard work and dedication, the demographic into which one is born, genetic talent, and LUCK. I learnt so many interesting facts from this book, however, I didn't quite enjoy the author's redundancy. He used more examples than necessary to make his point. The book could have been a few pages shorter.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful Gladwell does a wonderful job making a large amount of factual information into an insightful and entertaining book. I found it fascinating to learn about the backstory of so many successful figures and the complex interaction of the factors that contributed to their success.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Informative A book that everyone should read - and how natural talent shouldn't be our go-to assumption for someone's success.
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reaffirming and even more informative I highly enjoyed reading this fascinating book. Malcolm Gladwell basically reaffirmed everything I learned in my sociology classes in university, and expanded my horizon even further. The book is split into two parts, “Part One: Opportunity” and “Part Two: Legacy.” My favourite chapters were “The Matthew Effect,” “Rice Paddies and Math Tests”, and “A Jamaican Story.” What I took from this book was that there is no such thing as self-made success – there is much more going on behind the scenes to help successful people succeed. I think everyone should read it.
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a great lesson a great lesson to those who hope to coast on talent alone
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Insightful exploration of the mechanics of success
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read. Eye opener. Its a great read and a whole new book/concept. Great style of writing. Great examples. Helps you understand what makes mpeople successful.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Another interesting, well-written book from Malcolm Gladwell.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from meh. Gladwell presents an intriguing question, but he offers no control cases, except for the case of Mr. Langan. As a scientist, and someone who looks at statistics daily, I am underwhelmed by assigning validity to a phenomenon without having a control group against which to compare the results. Gladwell fails at this, and I feel he is making conclusions based on personal emotional attachment to his family's history. This book is less a complete concept and more a hypothesis with an incomplete examination of his thesis. This was more about an indictment of the haves, and an excuse for the have-nots to assign their locus of control to external forces, than it was an exploration of what makes the successful truly successful.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting read Not normally my flavor of reading, but I was strongly recommended this title by my boyfriend. He's quite the interesting individual with a keen sense for thought processes that I have never witnessed in another individual. Titles like this give a whole new perspective on how to look at the world through social and cultural stereotypes, stigmas, and characteristics.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entertaining, and informational Gladwell provides an entertaining trek deep into the psyche of success. Written as if it is a series of consecutive articles, the appeal of this story is found in diversity of sources drawn on. Flying from the frozen rinks of the prairies to tragic accidents in South East Asia, Gladwell reveals the core of 'success' across seemingly unrelated fields. In all of this, however, one cannot distill a definition of success used throughout; rather surprising for a book graced with a subtitle such as this. Is success found in providing a universal benefit, or selfish pursuit? This is a captivating read that you can sail through thanks to Gladwell's conversational style. Recommended for all those interested in the phenomenon of success, whatever that word means to you.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye Opening! I listened to the audiobook version and thoroughly enjoyed it! So interesting and eye opening. I told people in my circle random facts from the book for weeks afterwards! Parts of it definitely stuck with me!
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A read on good common sense Once you start reading it is impossible to stop. Reinforces everything that we might have noticed but couldn't quite prove. Inspiring and motivating.
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting perspective Expected a book about geniuses, but it looks like Gladwell makes a great case for success being nurtured.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought provoking Interesting take on what brings about success.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Interesting perspectives on what creates success. Quite enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Interesting perspectives on what creates success. Quite enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought-provoking and fascinating read. Thought-provoking and fascinating read.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Many books from Gladwell aren't ground breaking but are nonetheless interesting because of the social concepts and principles that he discusses. There's a great deal of marketing notions involved but if you haven't studied in marketing or sociology, these perceptions aren't "natural." If you liked Outliers, you'll also enjoy his book Tipping Point
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ironically mediocre For a book dedicated to recounting and explaining the stories of people who have achieved massive success in life, its absolute mediocrity is both ironic and more than a little unfortunate. Sure, the tales Gladwell describes are fascinating and diverse, ranging from childhood geniuses to Korean air pilots to billionaire software tycoons, and I’m sure you could score some points on a date or at a cocktail party by sharing them. However, the theories that Gladwell proposes to explain these remarkable examples of success range from perplexingly obvious to eye-rollingly far-fetched. You mean to say that success results from a combination of hard work, opportunity, and good luck?? Wow, how utterly revolutionary! You think Asian kids are good at math solely because their ancestors worked in rice paddies? Um, I’m going to need some hard evidence. And that is exactly where Gladwell’s polished little postulations begin to collapse. In addition to not quite fully grasping the critical distinction between correlation and causation, he invariably utilizes cherry-picked anecdotal evidence and sloppy statistical analyses to support his claims. Wow, the limited and biased “data” he provides perfectly align with his arguments every time--what a coincidence! Likewise, other logical fallacies—false cause, appeal to authority, Texas sharpshooter, etc., etc.--abound in his writing. Overall, a quick and engaging read, but nothing special. Gladwell should have taken a leaf from his own book if he had been aiming for success—or, on second thought, maybe not.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gladwell has a great narrative voice! I've read a couple of Gladwell's books and listened to his podcast, and I just love the way he simply explains concepts and challenges the way we see the world. His narrative voice is excellent and makes for very captivating non-fiction
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from INteresting book Helps bring perspective on things
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought Provoking A very good read. From someone who almost exclusively reads fiction, I really enjoyed this.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read His books are amazing, they make you think of things in new ways.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this I still think about this book years after reading it, a great perspective of what success and luck are and how they could be related
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I read this on a recommendation from a friend and coworker as my first introduction to Gladwell. Absolutely fascinating. Whether you agree or not, Gladwell forces you to turn the conversation inward and look at your own life and the world around you in a completely different way. Very easy to read while covering some complex thinking. Definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent book Gladwell definitely has some interesting insights!
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable. I read this book a while ago and can't remember exactly every point from it. Considering I have read all of the Malcom Gladwell books, I would definitely put this one near the top. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mindblowing I was fascinated by this book. Amazing read of you are looking for self development advises. This book shows what we consider result of hard work and tons of luck in a totally different way. Everything is so much more simple and obvious. I couldn't but the book down. It made me feel a range of emotions starting from surprise to great amusement.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was okay Decent book, makes you think about yourself in relation to others and how to excel. However watch out for using this book to inflate your ego!
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly recommended Excellent author with some really interesting observations to share
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very interesting read This is a book from which everyone can learn a thing or two. Gladwell discusses the different factors that play into a person's success - hard work and dedication, the demographic into which one is born, genetic talent, and so much more. I learnt so many interesting facts from this book. The one downside which I didn't quite enjoy is the author's redundancy. He used more examples than necessary to make his point. The book could have been a few pages shorter.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Great book, can read it over and over. It definitely gets to thinking about your everyday encounters.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite book I've read this book over four times already and love it every time. I'm a psychology student and just about in all of my classes my professors mention this book at least once. It's a great book for everyone to read.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Malcolm Gladwell book You cannot go wrong reading any of Malcolm Gladwell's books, but I find I often find myself thinking back to some of the ideas and concepts he discussed in this book. Very interesting read, full of research and examples that will stay with you long after you finish.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! One of my favorites! Great insight into the power of practice
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Have read this a few times since it was published. It's a fun, engaging read, and the quick stories are applicable to the "average" reader.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from educational definitely teaches you something, may or may not find them useful but doesn't hurt to know. you can treat this book like a non-fictional book, interesting. the theories are well supported with examples.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outliers Very interesting read that makes you think. Well written, definitely going to be reading this again.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful book I read this over a year ago. Think I'll read it again soon.
Date published: 2016-12-03
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

Editorial Reviews

"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