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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, OUTLIERS is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.

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Outliers
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Interesting observations.
February 26th, 2015
Enjoyed the book. Brought up many interesting observations and conclusions. Made me examine if his assertions actually made sense in my upbringing. It did. It also helped me understand some of my own practices in the upbringing of my four children, especially in presenting them with different opportunities.
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Contemporary philosophy
November 2nd, 2014
As good chance to reread what may become classical thought on contemporary issues. Where do we belong? are we outliers too?
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Outliers
October 25th, 2014
Ignite the outlier in you...a must read
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Excellent book!
July 2nd, 2014
Gladwell discusses not only very successful people, but what circumstances and opportunities allowed them to reach that level of success. The climate and culture surrounding us helps to determine our levels of success more than almost any other factor.
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Outliers
May 15th, 2014
"No one who can rise before dawn three hundred sixty days a year fails to make his family rich.”
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Outliers
April 24th, 2014
Excellent reading. Addresses the key question of what it takes to be successful. A lot more than just brains. Brains, experience, history, culture, the world around you and a little bit of luck.
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February 17th, 2014
Another winner by Gladwell. Brilliant, insightful and though provoking. Another Gladwell classic worth reading and re-reading.
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February 15th, 2014
This is an excellent book and has a lot of insight into phenomena that I had never considered before. I would, however, take many of the conclusions made here with a grain of salt, and if you are interested in this kind of thing, I would do further research into the studies Gladwell quotes from. I'm not saying he's wrong about his theories, but they are just theories and they are presented as fact. Nevertheless, this is a fascinating read and I highly recommend it, particularly for teachers.
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February 10th, 2014
Great read from a brilliant author well worth the money I payed for it. Malcolm gladwell's other books are definitely worth checking out too
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February 9th, 2014
A thought provoking take on other influencers that make you realize there is more to success than just raw talent or intellect. You won't look at successful people in quite the same way again. It might even affect how you do things in your life in the future.
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February 8th, 2014
Very thought provoking as usual. Gladwell doesn't disappoint. Perfect for a light afternoon of quiet time.
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Outliers
February 8th, 2014
Interesting and very enlightening. Everyone who works with, for, or around other people should read this book.
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February 4th, 2014
Great read about some incredible individuals.
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February 3rd, 2014
I really enjoyed this book, it is well written and very engaging. It is thought provoking and inspiring. Seeks to explain why some people excel to such a great level and many of the un seen but significant things that contribute to it.
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Great and interesting read
January 27th, 2014
I found this book to be very insightful. You don't realize some of these facts and Gladwell brings them forth in ways that are interesting and its a great eye opener. I recommend it.
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January 27th, 2014
A brilliant book filled with intriguing true stories of outliers. It made this sociology student look at success in a whole new way. Definitely a must read!
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January 24th, 2014
Outliers is a fantastic book, giving you insights on the reason why successful people are successful. From famous people like Bill Gates, you would learn that their success did not happen just because of coincidence and their innovation but also the fact that they were born in the right time.
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January 23rd, 2014
This book is an absolute MUST read! I have recommended it to all my friends. I know it was not meant as such - but I think it is a great parenting book. Outliers are not made in a day - you have to find your child's passion early on and support them therein.
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Edge of my seat
September 17th, 2013
Fascinating concepts. I couldn't put the book down.
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Great book!
July 4th, 2013
Very interesting read. Highly recommended!!
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Gladwell is brilliant!
July 2nd, 2013
If you haven't read his stuff yet, I envy you; you get to read it for the first time! Start with The Tipping Point, then read Blink, and the The Outliers. All three have made me think about how I evaluate the world and how I can have a positive effect on it. I loved this book.
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