August 6, 2009


Gladwell argues that the lives of people who are wildly successful follow a similar, predictable pattern. He states that most people believe that success is a result of intelligence and ambition. Gladwell challenges this assumption, arguing instead that factors such as generation, family, culture, and class play a role in success--one that follows a peculiar and unexpected logic. This book is organized into two broad sections: opportunity and legacy. These themes are two paths that people who become exceptional may use throughout their lives. Gladwell asserts that when predicting who may become exceptional or successful, you must look beyond the individual to the network our community that surounds them.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

Outliers: The Story of Success
Malcome Gladwell
BF 637.58 .G533 2008