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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
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Jul 29, 10

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Read in July, 2010

This holds together less as an argument and more as a series of satisfying anecdotes about the reasons behind success. The thread running through it, in its broadest sense, is that a lot of success depends on systematic factors over which people have little control - being born in the right time of year (in the case of Canadian hockey), having access to a computer in the 1960s (in the case of Bill Gates.) But also that success can mean the amount of time a person puts in (in the case of music and the descendents of rice farming cultures.) It's all very engaging and full of moments of insight and explanation.
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