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message 1: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Jan 24, 2009 06:06AM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments One of the current best sellers is _Outliers The Story of Success_ by Malcolm Gladwell (2008).

Below are some excerpts from the review of _Outliers_ at Amazon.com:
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Malcolm Gladwell poses a more provocative question in Outliers: why do some people succeed, living remarkably productive and impactful lives, while so many more never reach their potential?

... superstars ... are ... "the beneficiaries of hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies that allow them to learn and work hard..."

Examining the lives of outliers from Mozart to Bill Gates, he builds a convincing case for how successful people rise on a tide of advantages...

Gladwell invites conversations about the complex ways privilege manifests in our culture. He leaves us pondering ... how the world could benefit if more of our kids were granted the opportunities to fulfill their remarkable potential.

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Above is from: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316...

Note: The dictionary definition of outlier is:
"In statistics, an outlier is an observation that is numerically distant from the rest of the data."
Above is from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outliers ]

From NYTimes review of _Outliers_ by David Leonhardt:
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"So Bill Gates is introduced as a young computer programmer from Seattle whose brilliance and ambition outshine the brilliance and ambition of the thousands of other young programmers. But then Gladwell takes us back to Seattle, and we discover that Gates’s high school happened to have a computer club when almost no other high schools did. He then lucked into the opportunity to use the computers at the University of Washington, for hours on end. By the time he turned 20, he had spent well more than 10,000 hours as a programmer."
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Above is from: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/30/boo...

All of this reminds me of the lines Marlon Brando spoke in the movie "On the Waterfront":
"I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody".

Have you read _Outliers_? What did you think of it?


message 2: by Joy H., Group Founder (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments I found the following webpage about _The Outliers_ at Powells.com: ====>

http://www.powells.com/biblio/2-97803...

Interesting assortment of comments.


message 3: by Joy H., Group Founder (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments For an interesting Goodreads discussion of this book, _The Outliers_, see the the following link:
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

I am participating in the discussion at the above link. The discussion is very informative, an intelligent debate about "nature vs nurture".


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