Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell


By Malcolm Gladwell

  • Release Date: 2008-11-18
  • Genre: Psychology
Score: 4.5
From 1,154 Ratings


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.

Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.


  • Bad book I’m scared of it

    By Nittany Eva
    This book looks so awful me and my friend can’t even open it or start reading because it literally seems like the most boring thing ever and we have to read it for AP summer work we’re crying in the club rn please pray for us!!!
  • Thanks Gladwell!

    By -Jayo-
  • Fascinating!

    By Loading Error Plz Try Again
    Such a great book — lots of research told in such rich storytelling fashion!
  • Racist crap

    By psniaki
    “try to figure out why Asians are so good at math” ?!!! This must be the most racist line I have ever read in a book. So disappointed that I'm not even going to continue it.
  • The problem with logical fallacies posing a books.

    By Harsh But Truthful
    If there was a way to reward negative stars this book would’ve been a good canidate for them. I have a great love for reading but this book inspired a poignant hatred inside me that would not go out. Utterly uninspirational this work attempts to give credit to the philosophy that it is not hard work that matters and personal effort but everything aside from that. To quote the esteemed Gladwell “if the resources of the grocer, the fruits of those riots, the possibilities of that culture, and the privileges of that skin tone had been extended to others, how many more would now live a life of fulfillment, in a beautiful house high on a hill?” In this startilingly disjointed book readers will learn oh so essential lessons like how (again to quote Gladewell’s exact words) “the Asian worldview was shaped by the rice paddy.” But not to worry this book is more then just racist bigotry (though that does remain a major aspect) it also follows important and completely unfounded ideas about how essenital cultural ancestry and farming practices are to the educational capiblities of future generations. Make sure to pay attention to his theories on how the reformers of the ninteenth century (who were more focused on temperance and utopian societies then education) based their reforms on western agricultural patterns.
  • Best book

    By GI strive
    I'm have the audio version of this book and I have heard it many of times. I wished all parents and teachers were given this book. Buy it you won't be sorry. I am very picky and I am very empresses with this book.
  • Good read

    By Steve7782
    Good read
  • Relatively speaking

    By Ram8740
    Dr. Gladwell is supposed to be my most famous living relative, according to 23 and Me, the DNA analyzing company. I think there are some untested among my relatives who might beat him, but I'm not sure. Anyway, I think the answer to the super IQ test is: Teeth to a hen, is the same as Nest is to EGG. Think about it. Hens don't have teeth, concomitantly, eggs don't have nests.
  • Fried chicken

    By Annie Banannie 97
    I like chicken
  • Outliers

    By joanathanlim
    Great book! It's advisable to read this book more than once, which is fairly easy to do. You will totally immerse in the meaning of the book.