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Outliers: The Story of Success
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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 three books- The Tipping Point- How Little Things Make a Big Difference (2000), Blink- The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005), and Outliers- The Story of Success (2008), all of which were number one New York Times bestsellers.

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Journalist Gladwell has established himself on the nonfiction bestseller lists by breaking down complex social science research into approachable concepts that can spark discussion around water coolers and cafe tables. Some of Gladwell's critics fault him for zeroing in on compelling anecdotes that may not consistently add up to empirical proof, but his flair for narrative serves him well as a reader. Gladwell builds dramatic tension into his storytelling-from the unique childhood of software tycoon Bill Gates to the secrets of success found along the rice fields of ancient China and Japan-making for an engaging listening experience even though the threads may not always tie together into a seamless package. The bonus author interview features some entertaining insights, including Canadian Gladwell's explanation for why so many comedy superstars hail from America's northern neighbor. A Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 22). (Nov.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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 *

Gladwell's third self-read audiobook, after The Tipping Point and Blink. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.


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