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Malcolm Gladwell Gives a Summary of Outliers


Free Resource (#747) - February 10th, 2009
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Malcolm Gladwell at City Arts & Lectures

With the new bestseller Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell offers a compelling argument for why success happens to certain people and why more times than not, it isn't due to talent. In this short series of interviews conducted through City Arts & Lectures in San Francisco, Gladwell discusses why people like the Beatles or Mozart have mythologized the idea that great talent arrives suddenly and fully formed. Using these examples of prodigious ability as a template, he illustrates that apart from talent, there is usually a period of many years where luck, training, discipline and timeliness all play a part in making one person stand out from the crowd. This talk is available on streaming video through FORA.tv.

Malcolm Gladwell at City Arts & Lectures

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Outliers: The Story of Success

In this stunning new 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.

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Malcolm Gladwell is a Canadian writer and author of many best-selling non-fiction titles about interesting and current aspects of sociology and psychology as they apply to the social sciences. Gladwell grew up the son of a British father and a Jamaican-born mother. While he was born in England, the author moved to Canada at the age of six.

Gladwell stayed in Canada until graduating college in 1984, with the exception of a brief stint in 1982 when he interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, DC. The author later moved to New York City where, in 1996, he became a staff writer for The New Yorker. His first book, The Tipping Point, was published in 2000 and enjoyed critical success along with sales of over 1.7 million copies. Gladwell has received several awards and honors in addition to his success as an author. In 2005, Time magazine named him as one of its 100 most influential people.

In Blink, Gladwell's second non-fiction work, readers will begin to understand the inner workings of their mind; how they make decisions and why others might make different choices. Blink is narrated by Malcolm Gladwell and is available as an audio download or CD. One of Gladwell's later works, Outliers: The Story of Success, is available on download and explores the reasons behind high achievement in some individuals. Lastly, What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures features an anthology of some of Gladwell's most brilliant pieces from The New Yorker.

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