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Outliers: The Story of Success

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Malcolm Gladwell

7 Hours 17 Minutes

Hachette Book Group USA

November 2008

Audio Book Summary

There is a story that is usually told about extremely successful people, a story that focuses on intelligence and ambition. Gladwell argues that the true story of success is very different, and that if we want to understand how some people thrive, we should spend more time looking around them-at such things as their family, their birthplace, or even their birth date. And in revealing that hidden logic, Gladwell presents a fascinating and provocative blueprint for making the most of human potential.

In The Tipping Point Gladwell changed the way we understand the world. In Blink he changed the way we think about thinking. In OUTLIERS he transforms the way we understand success.

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  • Jared Thomas

    Great insight and elaboration of research. Allows the reader to glimpse into the lives of the successful and pull apart the contributing conditions that lead to their sucess.

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  • Phillip Cronin

    I enjoyed this book. The information cited was fascinating.

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  • Anthony Parish

    This book is a must read/listen to.It changes the view of success in the lives of people

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  • Can Zhang

    excellent book with fascinating stories and arguments, i don\'t agree with all the author had said but very good writing and reading all around

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  • Judy

    This was another wonderful book by Malcolm Gladwell, once again making me think of things in a new way. His studies of the successful were fascinating, as he looked behind the surface for additional facts. As usually happens with Gladwell, I keep returning to the new thoughts he introduced at moments in my daily life. The addition of his own story at the end of the book was most thought-provoking and enjoyable - the interesting path that led to this remarkable man.

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  • Listening @ 80 MPH

    Some parts of this were interesting enough to rate a 4, the balance was a 3 for me. The writer is also the reader I believe, and does a good job.

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  • Anonymous

    The author presents the hypothesis that successful people are born with a silver spoon. He then disproves the hypothesis and concludes that by hard work, and by making the most of the opportunities, a common person can be successful. Rather common sense, isn't it? That's how I felt at the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Very Interesting. I liked the personal note Gladwell wrote at the end about himself.

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  • clashboxer

    After reading Blink, and Tipping Point, I think this book best represents Gladwell's take on society that runs through all of his books. All three books are about how things we think are big are really small. I found Outliers the most interesting, and I also see it as having the largest societal impact--at least in how I personally participate in society.

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  • chezann

    I've read Blink, The Tipping Point, and What the Dog Saw, but this is by far the best.

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