Summary: In this stunning investigation of success, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on a journey through the world of ''outliers''-the best, brightest, and most famous-asking the question: what makes high-achievers different? Gladwell argues that in order to solve this riddle we must focus on the contributing elements aroundthe successful-their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way, he explains what the Beatles and Bill Gates
share in common, the reason you've never heard of the smartest man in the world, why almost no star hockey players are born in the fall, and why Columbian and South Korean airplane pilots are more likely to crash. Brilliant and entertaining, Outliersis a landmark work that will transform the way we understand success.
Summary: In this stunning investigation of success, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on a journey through the world of ''outliers''-the best, brightest, and most famous-asking the question: what makes high-achievers different? Gladwell argues that in order to solve this riddle we must focus on the contributing elements aroundthe successful-their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way, he explains what the Beatles and Bill Gates share in common, the reason you've never heard of the smartest man in the world, why almost no star hockey players are born in the fall, and why Columbian and South Korean airplane pilots are more likely to crash. Brilliant and entertaining, Outliersis a landmark work that will transform the way we understand success. ...show less
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Introduction The Roseto Mystery ''These people were dying of old age. That's it.'' 3 Part 1 Opportunity 1 The Matthew Effect ''For unto everyone that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance. But from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.'' - Matthew 25:29 15 2 The 10,000-Hour Rule ''In Hamburg, we had to play for eight hours.'' 35 3 The Trouble with Geniuses, Part 1 ''Knowledge of a boy's IQ is of little help if you are faced with a formful of clever boys.'' 69 4 The Trouble with Geniuses, Part 2 ''After protracted negotiations, it was agreed that Robert would be put on probation,'' 91 5 The Three Lessons of Joe Flom ''Mary got a quarter.'' 116 Part 2 Legacy 6 Harlan, Kentucky ''Die like a man, like your brother did!'' 161 7 The Ethnic Theory of Plane Crashes ''Captain, the weather radar has helped us a lot.'' 177 8 Rice Paddies and Math Tests ''No one who can rise before dawn three hundred sixty days a year fails to make his family rich.'' 224 9 Marita's Bargain ''All my friends now are from KIPP.'' 250 Epilogue A Jamaican Story ''If a progeny of young colored children is brought forth, these are emancipated.'' 270 Notes 287 Acknowledgments 297 Index 301 Reading Group Guide 311
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