Sunday, January 25, 2009

Book Review # 3- Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Pages: 285
Rating 4 out of 5 stars

This was my first Malcolm Gladwell read. He is a very thought provoking writer and is able to get clearly state his message. This book looks at people, events, failures, and successes from a unique point of view. He investigates successful hockey players, computer gurus, airplane crashes, why IQ doesn't also equal success, and many others and discovers the unique reasons for them all.

One of the things I liked about it was that he did not discount hard work as a common denominator, yet this alone was not enough. Birth date, time, place, chance, environment, culture, heritage...well, all these things do matter sometimes more than we realize.

Very insightful, but I did find myself skimming some parts.


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