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The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
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Dec 23, 2007

it was ok
bookshelves: nonfiction
Read in December, 2007

Malcolm Gladwell shows us with this book that he is a jack-of-all-trades (or intellectual disciplines) and master of none. He very loosely weaves together existing social science and economic research to support his thin idea that there is a "tipping point" in all epidemics. While it was a page turner and interesting to read, his glib conclusory statements interpreting others' research was a bit jarring... For example, use of the word "always" when describing a social phenomenon is not a practice to which most trained social scientists would subscribe. I was also hoping for more practical advice resulting from his work, but not much was to be found other than that many complex forces (people, context, etc.) are at work in achieving a tipping point in most epidemics.
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Feliks Nicely put. I like this guy (Gladwell) about as much as I like people who think Steve Jobs was a genius.

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