Outliers: The Story of Success

Outliers: The Story of Success

by Malcolm Gladwell
Outliers: The Story of Success

Outliers: The Story of Success

by Malcolm Gladwell


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It’s by Malcolm Gladwell, and that’s really all you need to know. In this insightful exploration of what makes success, Gladwell’s always enlightening and enlivening style guides your mind through understanding where success actually comes from.

Explore what sets high achievers apart—from Bill Gates to the Beatlesin this seminal work from "a singular talent" (New York Times Book Review) Malcolm Gladwell, bestselling author of Blink and The Bomber Mafia and host of the podcast Revisionist History 

In this stunning 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316017930
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 06/07/2011
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 4,577
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 1080L (what's this?)

About the Author

About The Author
Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers: The Tipping Point,Blink, Outliers,What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath. He is also the co-founder of Pushkin Industries, an audio content company that produces the podcasts Revisionist History, which reconsiders things both overlooked and misunderstood, and Broken Record, where he, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam interview musicians across a wide range of genres. Gladwell has been included in the Time 100 Most Influential People list and touted as one of Foreign Policy'sTop Global Thinkers.


New York, NY

Date of Birth:

September 3, 1963

Place of Birth:

England, U.K.


University of Toronto, History degree, 1984

Table of Contents


The Roseto Mystery "These people were dying of old age. That's it." 3

Part 1 Opportunity

1 The Matthew Effect "For unto everyone that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance. But from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath." - Matthew 25:29 15

2 The 10,000-Hour Rule "In Hamburg, we had to play for eight hours." 35

3 The Trouble with Geniuses, Part 1 "Knowledge of a boy's IQ is of little help if you are faced with a formful of clever boys." 69

4 The Trouble with Geniuses, Part 2 "After protracted negotiations, it was agreed that Robert would be put on probation," 91

5 The Three Lessons of Joe Flom "Mary got a quarter." 116

Part 2 Legacy

6 Harlan, Kentucky "Die like a man, like your brother did!" 161

7 The Ethnic Theory of Plane Crashes "Captain, the weather radar has helped us a lot." 177

8 Rice Paddies and Math Tests "No one who can rise before dawn three hundred sixty days a year fails to make his family rich." 224

9 Marita's Bargain "All my friends now are from KIPP." 250


A Jamaican Story "If a progeny of young colored children is brought forth, these are emancipated." 270

Notes 287

Acknowledgments 297

Index 301

Reading Group Guide 311

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