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From the bestselling author of Blink and The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers: The Story of Success overturns conventional wisdom about genius to show us what makes an ordinary person an extreme overachiever.

Why do some people achieve so much more than others? Can they lie so far out of the ordinary?

In this provocative and inspiring book, Malcolm Gladwell looks at everyone from rock stars to professional athletes, software billionaires to scientific geniuses, to show that the story of success is far more surprising, and far more fascinating, than we could ever have imagined.

He reveals that it's as much about where we're from and what we do, as who we are - and that no one, not even a genius, ever makes it alone.

Outliers will change the way you think about your own life story, and about what makes us all unique.

'Gladwell is not only a brilliant storyteller; he can see what those stories tell us, the lessons they contain'

'Malcolm Gladwell is a global phenomenon ... he has a genius for making everything he writes seem like an impossible adventure'

'He is the best kind of writer - the kind who makes you feel like you're a genius, rather than he's a genius'
  The Times

Author, journalist, cultural commentator and intellectual adventurer, Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine. His first book The Tipping Point captured the world's attention with its theory that a curiously small change can have unforeseen effects. His other international bestselling books are Outliers, which looks at the stories of exceptional individuals and reveals the secrets of their success, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking and What The Dog Saw, a collection of his most provocative and entertaining New Yorker pieces.

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October 19th, 2015
This is one of the most thought provoking books I have read. The author suggests some fascinating theories about how successful people become successful. His answers are not what you would expect but when you read them it is difficult not to agree.
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Outliers - The Story of Success
August 17th, 2014
Outliers is a great read and very thought provoking. Preparedness meets opportunity in ways that make you sit up and view the world in a different way.
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August 15th, 2014
The most interesting non-fiction I read in a long time. It's clever, surpising, and entertaining. It will certainly change the way how you look at success stories, but most of all gives you drive to achieve more.
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Awesome way of looking at the world
November 12th, 2013
One of the most charismatic way to explain greatness. This book gives a glimpse on what make some people just "better" but with a twist: it hints you how to do it yourself.
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Quite fascinating!
April 25th, 2013
This is the first book I've read that gives a fairly plausible explanation for success. The studies are very interesting, particularly those that went unpublished because of their unorthodox conclusions. While I believe that background and being in the right place at the right time makes a difference, I am also a firm believer in the strength of individual will: a person is not necessarily/fatally bound by his circumstances. This book may appear to say that unseen forces and/or unacknowledged circumstances inevitably lead to success or otherwise. However, in my view the author's observations are that certain circumstances are given far less attention than they deserve when assessing a person's success - far more emphasis is placed on luck, destiny or "being born with it" and far less attention is paid to the plain old hard work that really made it happen!
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Lovely book.
December 31st, 2012
Lovely book. It is a real eye opener.
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