In Outliers, Gladwell once again proves masterful in a genre he essentially pioneered—the book that illuminates secret patterns behind everyday phenomena. His gift for spotting an intriguing mystery, luring the reader in, then gradually revealing his lessons in lucid prose, is on vivid display.
Gladwell argues that in understanding successful people, we focus too much on their intelligence, ambition, & personality traits. Instead, we must look at the world surrounding the successful —their culture, family, generation, & the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. The lives of outliers—people whose achievements fall outside normal experience—follow a peculiar & unexpected logic, & in uncovering that logic, Gladwell presents a fascinating & provocative blueprint for making the most out of human potential.
"No other book I read this year combines such a distinctive prose style with truly thought-provoking content. Gladwell writes with a high degree of dazzle but at the same time remains as clear & direct as even Strunk or White could hope for."
(Atlanta Journal Constitution)