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Review of Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers

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A review of Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers done for a college English class

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Review of Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers

  1. 1. OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS A REVIEW By Andrew Brown
  2. 2. Over the last decade  the name Malcolm Gladwell has become synonymous with the genre of Pop-Sociology Outliers fits snugly in  this genre.
  3. 3. WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A GOOD WORK OF POP-SOCIOLOGY? Scientifically sound  Comprehensible to the target audience  Entertaining to the target audience  Relevant to the target audience  Well written 
  4. 4. “Outlier” is a term used to  describe things, people, or phenomenon that lie outside of normal experience. This book is concerned  with people who are outliers in terms of success.
  5. 5. WHEN YOUR BORN MATTERS Of the seventy-five richest people of human history,  fourteen were born between 1831 and 1840. To become a Computer Mogul, a person needed to  be born between 1952 and 1958.
  6. 6. 10,000 HOUR RULE To become an expert in  something it takes 10,000 hours of practice 10,000 hours = 3  hours/day x 10 years There are no prodigies 
  7. 7. OTHER TOPICS Chance influences Cultural Influences Class Vacation Summer
  8. 8. STYLE  Series of anecdotes Several Digressions per story that explain  the underlying factors  Often within the digestions in a story there is other related stories  Towards the end it becomes a manifesto for the fostering of success
  9. 9. POSITIVE ASPECTS  Uses sound data from reputable sources  Covers a subject important to almost everyone, especially budding intellectuals about to start their careers.  Combines research from many sources and uses them to create a fresh portrait of something so basic and well studied
  10. 10. POSITIVE ASPECTS It written plainly and clearly  It is quick moving and highly entertaining  Provides suggestions to increase the fostering of  success
  11. 11. NEGATIVE ASPECTS Lacks level of proof necessary for a scientific work  Some of the research is disputable  Due to anecdote-based style Gladwell jumps from  one topic to another
  12. 12. Read It!
  13. 13. GETTING LUCKY *BELONGS BETWEEN 6 AND 7, PROBABLY WON’T BE SHOWN DUE TO TIME RESTRAINTS Bill Gates had access  to a computing terminal as an eighth-grader in 1968. He lived a couple miles  from the University of Washington as a teenager.

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