Outliers: The Story of Success
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. Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.
A fizzingly entertaining and enlighting book' -- Daily Mail
'Gladwell is not only a brilliant storyteller; he can see what those stories tell us, the lessons they contain' --Guardian
'You will never again think as you did before about [success] ... This book deserves the gold star that adorns its front cover' --A.C. Grayling, The Times
'Gladwell deploys a wealth of fascinating data and information to illustrate his thesis ... Outliers challenges accepted wisdom' --FT
'Malcolm Gladwell is a cerebral and jaunty writer, with an unusual gift for making the complex seem simple' --Observer
'Makes geniuses look a bit less special, and the rest of us a bit more so' --Time
Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer with The New Yorker magazine since 1996. In 2005 he was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. He is the author of two books, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference (2000) and Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005), both of which were number one New York Times bestsellers.