Golden Reads reviews

from Donna Southard:

The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell
I enjoyed reading this book.  Gladwell attempts to define the elements that “tip” a concept to be effective.  Gladwell describes three types of personalities; mavens, connectors, and salespeople that are found in people related to successful situations.  He also defined three tipping point rules/laws; the law of the few, the stickiness factor and the power of content.  I found the examples that Gladwell used to be very interesting (esp the “Broken Window Theory” and the “Rule of 150”.

Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell
I found this book to be a very quick read with a lot of examples and studies that were used to understand what makes one successful in life.  Gladwell discusses the influence of birth year, culture, economic status, and circumstances of ones upbringing on the impact of individual success.  I enjoyed reading the studies and the importance of the various factors that impact ones perspective of life.  I especially enjoyed reading Gladwell’s epilogue that explained his family’s journey to success and how this history impacted on Gladwell’s success.

The end of Horatio Alger

I just finished listening to Outliers by Malcom Gladwell while simulateously reading Drunkard’s Walk (more about that next entry.)  The case against the hero stereotype – the person who makes it to the top because of exceptional brilliance, pluck, or talent – is neatly destroyed by Gladwell’s arguments.  He takes some well know examples of extraordinary success, such as Bill Gates and the Beatles, and traces their paths backwards to see what got them where they are today.  The keys are timing, luck, and socio-economic history, and not necessarily their individual traits.  I could be Gates or Lennon, it seems, if not for being born in the wrong decade in the wrong part of the country.  Oh well.