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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
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May 05, 09

bookshelves: culture, general-nonfiction
Read in April, 2009

There were some sections of this book that had me turning the pages so quickly starved for more information, and others that were a little dry. Gladwell has excellent observational skills, and I like his writing style. I enjoyed this book, much like I did with his others. I was particularly happy to see him open with stories about hockey players - as watching hockey is one of my favorite pastimes. However, I went to the NHL page and looked at the birthdays of several of my favorite Canadian players, and they did not seem to follow the same trend as noted in the book. The majority of players I saw were actually born in the summer or in the fall of the year, rather than early in the year. I am not sure what this means for Gladwell's observation, or if the Canadian leagues changed their age limits...

I particularly liked the chapters in the middle/end referring to culture and authority figures, etc. in regards to the airline industry. Many times throughout, I found myself thinking "huh, wow, that is interesting!"
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Anne Oh how is this? I love Malcolm Gladwell, though I was a bit disappointed by Blink.


Lauren Really? I liked Blink more than The Tipping Point, I think... I am only 2 chapters in, but so far, it is great. I love his work and his writing style.


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Katherine I liked the book Blink better than Outliers. I plan on reading What the Dog Saw and The Tipping Point in the future. The 10,000 hour rule perhaps gave a really good measure of the estimated amount of time it takes to gain expertise. I like the way he analyzes the different aspects of success and breaks them into their steps. Ability, opportunity, practice, support all play in to the success factor. Why does it happen for some and not for others?


Lauren I agree, Katherine. I think I liked Blink the most over all. I have not read his newest one though. Thanks for the comment!


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