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9 Overall

8 Applicability

8 Innovation

9 Style


Best-selling author and New Yorker magazine regular Malcolm Gladwell possesses a singular genius: He can take the contents of a fairly interesting, to-the-zeitgeist, feature-length magazine article and expand it into a readable best-selling book. His straightforward, conversational style, direct reader address and constant citing of impressive-sounding studies transform even minor insights into thunderbolts. His pat observations – such as The Tipping Point’s contention that one must practice 10,000 hours to achieve true skill in any endeavor – become social clichés and appear in pretty much every subsequent book or article that comes anywhere near a subject he once addressed. Give credit where it’s due: Gladwell created his own successful niche, and he works it unceasingly. This entertaining collection of pronouncements and the anecdotes that illustrate them illuminate an ancient yet contemporary theme: the triumph of the underdog.

About the Author

New Yorker magazine staff writer Malcolm Gladwell’s other bestsellers include Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking; Outliers: The Story of Success; What The Dog Saw: And Other Adventures; and The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference.


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