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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
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Dec 28, 08

bookshelves: sociology
Recommended for: those interested in sociology or the oustide factors involved with success.
Read in December, 2008

This is not a feeling oriented review like those that seem to be getting esteem here. While this is a well-researched and easily readable book that makes some interesting points, most of its contents are pure common sense.

In a world so highly populated with such strong inequities, of course there will be a lot of luck and chance involved with how someone turns out, aside from those that result from innate ability. You already knew that, right? So, shouldn't specific ideas and remedies be offered in such a heavily lauded book? If Outliers had contained, along with it's excellent sociological perspective, some specific solutions, and had it also delved into some of the psychological aspects of success, it could have been a great book. But it did neither, and frankly, it isn't a great book.

I'm not saying that Outliers didn't change my paradigm a little bit. It did. I now find myself taking environment and outside forces more into account when accessing others and their circumstances. But this shift in outlook is minor, because the premise of the book was already intuitive to me, and it probably is for you as well. All considered, I think three stars is what this book deserves.

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message 1: by Dave (new)

Dave Russell I had a similar reaction to The Tipping Point. Some things go viral while others don't. What's the big deal?


message 2: by D. (new)

D. Pow I like Gladwell's hair. It's the best frigging do ever. Talk about a tipping point.


Jackie "the Librarian" I agree. This is an interesting book, but not terribly useful. Okay, now I know to practice, practice, practice... this is news?


message 4: by Ben (new) - rated it 3 stars

Ben Exactly, Jackie. Exactly to all three of you, actually.


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