Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Book Review: Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers: The Story of Success (2008)
Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell is a national treasure! All right, he's Canadian, but I'll claim him anyway. He does write for the New Yorker, after all. This is the third book of his I've read, easily the best, although all are really quite good.

Gladwell tells the story of successful individuals in a way you probably haven't heard before. He uses research from psychology and, it would appear, demographics, to explode some of the myths we have about success, and to show what, besides obvious raw talent, really underlies the phenomenal achievement of a Bill Gates or a Steve Jobs.

This is not by any stretch a self-help book on success, but it will give anyone insights on the phenomenon of success in our society. I give this book my highest recommendation.



  1. Hi there You may already have seen that July's Books You Loved is now up and open for entries. Here is the link Books You Loved August Edition if you would like to contribute something.

  2. Hey thanks for linking in. I agree about the effort to get a good link up - but each time more followers are putting them in without being asked. And so I expect as my follower numbers increase it will get to be less work. Only time will tell!

  3. THANKS for the review.

    Stopping by from the Linky List on Carole's Chatter.

    Silver's Reviews

  4. Just a note to let you know that your link in to Books You Loved: August was showcased in the September edition which has just posted. Would love to see another contribution from you this month! This is the link - Books You Loved September Edition