Outliers : the story of success / Malcolm Gladwell.
New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2008.
ix, 309 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Formatted Contents Note
Introduction: The Roseto mystery Opportunity. The Matthew effect (Matthew 25:29) ; The 10,000 hour rule ; The trouble with geniuses ; The three lessons of Joe Flom Legacy. Harlan, Kentucky ; The ethnic theory of plane crashes ; Rice paddies and math tests ; Marita's bargain ; A Jamaican story.
The best-selling author of The Tipping Point and Blink identifies the qualities of successful people, posing theories about the cultural, family, and idiosyncratic factors that shape high achievers, in a resource that covers such topics as the secrets of software billionaires, why certain cultures are associated with better academic performance, and why the Beatles earned their fame. "In this provocative and inspiring book, Malcolm Gladwell examines everyone from business giants to scientific geniuses, sports stars to musicians, and reveals what they have in common. He looks behind the spectacular results, the myths and the legends to show what really explains exceptionally successful people." "Gladwell argues that, when we try to understand success, we normally start with the wrong question. We ask 'what is this person like?' when we should really be asking 'where are they from?' The real secret of success turns out to be surprisingly simple, and it hinges on a few crucial twists in people's life stories - on the culture they grow up in and the way they spend their time."--BOOK JACKET.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages -296) and index.