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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
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Feb 04, 11

Read from January 26 to February 04, 2011

As with my previous Malcolm Gladwell book, 'Blink', the best way to describe 'Outliers' is 'eye-opening'. The subject matter, an analysis of how success and achievement is dependent on hithero unexpected factors such as date of birth (for hockey players in Canada), ethnic/cultural background (for lawyers in New York, as well as birthdate) and the 10,000 hour rule (software developers) is important and interesting enough in itself, but Gladwell, as always, does an excellent job of humanising his topic and presenting the reader with a personal reference point. His work is truly personal, making its point by reaching out to the reader and taking them, one step at a time, to the inevitable, yet highly surprising conclusion.

Highly recommended.

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