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Outliers

The Story of Success
Gladwell, Malcolm (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Outliers


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Identifies the qualities of successful people, maintaining that culture, family, and idiosyncratic factors can have a decisive impact on shaping high achievers,
Authors: Gladwell, Malcolm, 1963-
Title: Outliers
the story of success
Publisher: New York :, Back Bay Books,, 2011
Edition: 1st Back Bay pbk. ed
Characteristics: xv, 309, 10 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Malcolm Gladwell
Notes: Originally published: New York : Little, Brown, 2008
Includes reading group guide
Contents: Introduction: The Roseto mystery
Opportunity. The Matthew effect (Matthew 25:29)
The 10,000 hour rule
The trouble with geniuses
The three lessons of Joe Flom
Legacy. Harlan, Kentucky
The ethnic theory of plane crashes
Rice paddies and math tests
Marita's bargain
A Jamaican story
Summary: Identifies the qualities of successful people, maintaining that culture, family, and idiosyncratic factors can have a decisive impact on shaping high achievers,
ISBN: 9780316017930
0316017930
Branch Call Number: 302 G543o 2011
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Report This Jan 25, 2014
  • talktimereader rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Interesting read and lighter than expected. Unique insights into successes and the roads to....

Report This Jan 22, 2014
  • ravishri rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

What is it about? The premise is that successful people are successful because many things beyond their control have gone in their favor. Pros: The book is well researched and well written. The author is clearly a good writer and makes his case using reasonable facts. Cons: It downplays the hard work of the successful people. It also does not applaud the successful people for making the choices (i.e. factors that WERE under their control) that eventually played a big hand in them eventually being successful. As the saying goes "u can bring a horse to water but you cannot make it drink it". Using that analogy the author seems to believe that it is really the "bringing the horse to the water" part that was primarily responsible for the success that followed instead of the "horse choosing to drink it" part.

Report This Oct 02, 2013
  • arttoad1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Well written and researched. I was expecting something else and was pleasantly surprised with the analysis by Gladwell. Rings true.

We read this book for our non-fiction book group. We found many of the factors shaping high achievers to be true in our experience. The book gave us many topics for discussion. It was well-written and highly entertaining.

Report This Aug 10, 2013
  • ser_library rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

gladwell would agree with the adage : the harder i work, the luckier i am

Report This Jun 14, 2013
  • StarGladiator rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

While I agree with Gladwell's overall thesis in the importance of externalities (too often we are fed an insane notion of solipsism today in America!) to success, I don't agree with many of the examples he posits. The comparison between a Bill Gates and a genius-level fellow from a much lower socioeconomic level, missing many advantages accorded Gates (whose mother sat on boards with the CEO of IBM, and therefore Gates was a known quantity for the DOS licensing, the sweetest licensing deal in human history, and a uncle who was the vice-president of First Interstate, original financing for the Microsoft startup, and hiring a fellow who had no qualms of copying Gary Kildall's CP/M operating system and renaming it DOS, and licensing other companies' apps and reengineering them into the Microsof OS, and on and on). When "pundits" claim little correlation between intelligence and success, therefore inferring that intelligence is unnecessary, they neglect to mention conclusive studies indicating that the greatest predictor of success is what family (as in the richest) one is born to! Real history does not ignore the theft of great inventions and work, be it Edwin Armstrong's FM frequency work (stolen by Sarnoff), Farnsworth's invention of the TV (also stolen by Sarnoff), the theft of the laser from the original inventor, Sears' theft of the ratchet wrench from the original inventor, Buckminster Fuller's misappropriation of the geodesic structure (the court later removed the patent from Fuller's ownership and transferred it to its rightful inventor) and on and on. (Nicola Tesla worked day labor for almost one year and a half!) I do agree with Gladwell's final analysis in the need for a meritocratic approach, so unlike the fraud-based approach in the fraud-based society we exist in today. [One wonders at the education of a commenter who equates meritocratic opportunity with "socialism"?]

An incredibly enjoyable light read. I found the "Asians and math" argument a little far reaching while others (I.e. culture and plane crashes) completely logical and shocking. Makes me wish my parents had raised me to be more of an "outlier".

Report This Oct 25, 2012
  • Dr_Taco rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

life's lived on the wire, the rest is just waiting.

Report This Aug 23, 2012
  • ilikeitrainy rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very interesting. Makes me wish we could motivate and give hope to more people.

Report This Jul 11, 2012
  • mtb_awill rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Fascinating book. As someone involved in education, I could relate and make many connections to what he was writing or see the implications. Really enjoyed reading and then downloaded the audiobook to listen again.

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Report This Dec 15, 2011
  • ghreads rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

To build a better world we need to replace the patchwork of lucky breaks and arbitrary advantages that today determine success – the fortunate birth dates and the happy accidents of history – with a society that provides opportunities for all.

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  • dotdotdot rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

... and no one - not rock stars, not professional athletes, not software billionaires, and not even geniuses - ever makes it alone.

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Malcolm Gladwell on CNN

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Author Malcolm Gladwell talks about Outliers

Malcolm Gladwell talks about the themes of Outliers in an interview on CNN.

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