Malcolm Gladwell’s answer shakes one of the most deeply rooted convictions in contemporary society: the myth of the self-made man, the man who can succeed solely thanks to his talents and strengths.
The author succeeds in doing so by observing with particular attention the “outliers “, the people who have reached the peak of success, from sports champions to scientific geniuses, from musical masters to multi-millionaire businessmen.
Gladwell’s analysis focuses on their individual skills, on the crucial moments of their extraordinary careers, but also on the apparently insignificant details of their biographies: their ethnic origins, the composition of their families, the year and even the month of their birth.
The results are surprising; talent and persistence, although essential, do not ensure success and must be combined with other elements and circumstances, often bizarre and almost always underestimated.
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The Roseto Mystery
I The Matthew effect
II The rule of the ten thousand hours
III The genius problem (part one)
IV The genius problem (part two)
V The three lessons of Joe Flom
VI Harlan, Kentucky
VII The ethnic theory of air disasters
VII Rice paddies and mathematical tests
IX The Marita pact
A Jamaican story
Index of names