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This is the second book I have read by Malcolm Gladwell… who’s books and articles often deal with the unexpected implications of research in the social sciences and make frequent and extended use of academic work, particularly in the areas of sociology, psychology, and social psychology.
Sociology and the social sciences have always interest me. The question of Nature vs. Nurture is one that has been asked and argued about for a long time… based on what I understand of Gladwell’s viewpoint on this matter, I would have to agree that “nurture” has the biggest impact on who we, as people, develop. He pushes this idea even further with the idea of how culture and society shapes us.
If, like me, you want to explore what makes the most successful among us… able to become successful – you will enjoy Outliers: The Story of Success
Publisher’s Summary: 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.