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Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

     In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.


Copyright.. June 2011

 336 pages in length

Malcolm Gladwell (below)

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  • David K.

    Finished it today July 11.... I'm really not convinced....I think it"s sheer speculation that these people made it with help from society ( aka the government). It just a way to downplay people who are savvy and industrious and hell bent on making it. I agree that being in the right place at the right time is a BIG factor. I enjoyed the book but wanted to challenge some of the authors findings

    July 11, 2013

    • Christine A.

      I never once got the impression the help was from the Government in the book... Bill Gates because of the schools rummage sale, the Beatles because of chance booking that required a lot of hours... the hockey players because of birth month... never once was it government.

      July 15, 2013

  • Robert L. P.

    I don't think the government had much to do with it. People don't realize that Howard Hughes' father was a multimillionaire, as was Donald Trump's. Hughes is the better example of someone who had a good launch pad and put in his 10,000 hours. A kid in rural Nebraska in 1978 may have loved computers, but he wouldn't have access to a mainframe like 8th grade Bill Gates. Conversely, many of Gate's schoolmates had the same access, but didn't put in the hours.

    1 · July 12, 2013

  • David K.

    awesome book...can't put it down...oops just did to type this....;-p

    June 30, 2013

  • Christine A.

    Excellent book and discussion...

    June 27, 2013

  • Valerie

    So sorry I'm having to back out at the last minute, something came up! Hopefully I can attend a different meetup sometime soon!

    1 · June 27, 2013

  • Robert L. P.

    Very insightful book.

    1 · June 17, 2013

  • Valerie

    I just happen to have read this book last week and then saw this so this will be my first ever Meetup! :)

    2 · June 15, 2013

  • David K.

    Vacation ....can't make it.....

    February 28, 2013

  • Christine A.

    Love this book.. Great pick Danial.

    May 26, 2013

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