Outliers: The Story of Success

Science, Study & Work, Smart Thinking, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 24/06/2009
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Gladwell at his best
Having read a number of this type of book over the last few years, this is without doubt one of the best. Gladwell’s style and approach is perfect to get a... READ MORE
Steve McGrail at Brentford


From the bestselling author of Blink and The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers: The Story of Success overturns conventional wisdom about genius to show us what makes an ordinary person an extreme overachiever.

Why do some people achieve so much more than others? Can they lie so far out of the ordinary?

In this provocative and inspiring book, Malcolm Gladwell looks at everyone from rock stars to professional athletes, software billionaires to scientific geniuses, to show that the story of success is far more surprising, and far more fascinating, than we could ever have imagined.

He reveals that it's as much about where we're from and what we do, as who we are - and that no one, not even a genius, ever makes it alone.

Outliers will change the way you think about your own life story, and about what makes us all unique.

'Gladwell is not only a brilliant storyteller; he can see what those stories tell us, the lessons they contain' Guardian

'Malcolm Gladwell is a global phenomenon ... he has a genius for making everything he writes seem like an impossible adventure' Observer

'He is the best kind of writer - the kind who makes you feel like you're a genius, rather than he's a genius' The Times

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141036250
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 242g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm

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Another thought provoking study from Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers asks the question 'What makes people successful'. Unlike conventional management books thi... READ MORE
David Kohn
Brilliantly thorough, provides excellent context to life.
Many of us have heard about the 10,000 hour rule and this book by Malcolm Gladwell is often cited as 'That book about 10,000 hours of practise'. I feel to ... READ MORE
Jak Petch
Outliers - Hard work pays off
Very well written, made the subject so interesting. This is abook that I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone who has the slightest interest or even ... READ MORE
Lee Ford
One of my best reads
This is a fascinating book about all sorts of different events where a niche group of people produce outstanding results; and the dig-deeper story about wh... READ MORE