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Outliers

The Story of 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 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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Testimonials


“In the vast world of nonfiction writing, Malcolm Gladwell is as close to a singular talent as exists today . . . Outliers is a pleasure to read and leaves you mulling over its inventive theories for days afterward.”

David Leonhardt, New York Times Book Review

“The explosively entertaining Outliers might be Gladwell's best and most useful work yet. . . There are both brilliant yarns and life lessons here: Outliers is riveting science, self-help, and entertainment, all in one book”

Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly

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We prematurely write off people as failures. We are too much in awe of those who succeed and far too dismissive of those who fail.
If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.
Practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. It's the thing you do that makes you good.

About the author


Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996. He is the author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, 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 New York.


Reviews

“In Outliers, Gladwell once again proves masterful in a genre he essentially pioneered—the book that illuminates secret patterns behind everyday phenomena. His gift for spotting an intriguing mystery, luring the reader in, then gradually revealing his lessons in lucid prose, is on vivid display.”

Publishers Weekly

“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

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