Witty, whimsical, cerebral and entertaining, Gladwell crushes the stereotype that non-fiction is a bore by revealing the secret patterns behind many of our most fundamental assumptions. Outliers tackles the complex question of why some people become brilliant successes and others never make it. Many of us have known individuals that were bright and talented, but ended up in disappointingly mediocre lives. Why does this happen? What makes or breaks a person's achievements in life? We tend to romanticize the idea of the "self-made man," but Gladwell presents a strong argument that great accomplishments are less about raw talent, and much more about random circumstance. The secret of success may be the environment and people that surround, enable and cultivate an individual - a "perfect storm" of the right person in the right place at the right time. This is quite a brainy thesis, and yet Gladwell amuses the reader with his playful tone and skillful ability to transform seemingly unrelated information into a cohesive and compelling read. Hockey players, Jewish lawyers, musical prodigies, computer geniuses, and more - Gladwell builds an intriguing theory that makes you reconsider how people excel in our world.
Recommended by Erica Jesonis