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Why are people successful? For centuries, humankind has grappled with this question, searching for the secret to accomplishing great things. In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an invigorating intellectual journey to show us what makes an extreme overachiever. He reveals that we pay far too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where successful people are from. Gladwell examines how the careers of Bill Gates and the performance of world-class football players are alike; why so many top lawyers are Jewish; why Asians are good at maths and why it is correct to say that the mathematician who solved Fermat's Theorem is not a genius. Like Blink, this is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.

 

Details

ISBN: 9780141036250
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Publication Date: 24 Jun 2009
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 19.8(H) x 12.9(L) x 1.8(W)
Weight (gm): 236

 

Reviews

You will never again think as you did before about [success] ... This book deserves the gold star that adorns its front cover * The Times *
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 *
Gladwell deploys a wealth of fascinating data and information to illustrate his thesis ... Outliers challenges accepted wisdom * FT *

 

Author Biography

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of six international bestsellers- The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, David and Goliath and most recently, Talking to Strangers. He is the host of the podcast Revisionist History, a staff writer at The New Yorker, and co-founder of the audio company Pushkin Industries. He graduated from the University of Toronto, Trinity College, with a degree in history. Gladwell was born in England and grew up in rural Ontario. He lives in New York.
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