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Tipping Point : How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

Tipping Point : How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0316316965

Cover of Tipping Point : How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference 00 (ISBN 978-0316316965)
ISBN13: 978-0316316965
ISBN10: 0316316962

Cover type: Hardback
Edition: 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Published: 2000
International: No

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Tipping Point : How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0316316965

Malcolm Gladwell

ISBN13: 978-0316316965
ISBN10: 0316316962

Cover type: Hardback
Edition: 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

Why did crime in New York drop so suddenly in the mid-90s? How does an unknown novelist end up a bestselling author? Why is teenage smoking out of control, when everyone knows smoking kills? What makes TV shows like Sesame Street so good at teaching kids how to read? Why did Paul Revere succeed with his famous warning?


In this brilliant and groundbreaking book, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in our society so often happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Ideas, behavior, messages, and products, he argues, often spread like outbreaks of infectious disease. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.
In The Tipping Point, Gladwell introduces us to the particular personality types who are natural pollinators of new ideas and trends, the people who create the phenomenon of word of mouth. He analyzes fashion trends, smoking, children's television, direct mail and the early days of the American Revolution for clues about making ideas infectious, and visits a religious commune, a successful high-tech company, and one of the world's greatest salesmen to show how to start and sustain social epidemics.


The Tipping Point is an intellectual adventure story written with an infectious enthusiasm for the power and joy of new ideas. Most of all, it is a road map to change, with a profoundly hopeful message--that one imaginative person applying a well-placed lever can move the world.

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