Author: Malcolm Gladwell
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
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Malcolm Gladwell, No. 1 bestselling author of The Tipping Point and Blink, has returned with yet another page turner filled with captivating social phenomena.
Discussing the outlying sample, a scientific term for describing “things or phenomena that lie outside normal experience,” Gladwell examines the likes of Bill Clinton and the Beatles to understand how they have attained so much success.
An issue that comes about is the problem of how we look at success. Examining a tall tree and trying to know how it grew to such heights yields little information. Gladwell suggests shifting this approach to looking at the surrounding forest for the success factors. This suggests that those who surround the successful person are playing a major part in the person’s ultimate achievements.