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Gladwell’s Back
October 30, 2008, 11:56 AM
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More than three years following the release of the best seller Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking in January 2005, New Yorker senior staff writer Malcolm Gladwell is back with his latest: Outliers: The Story of Success, due out November 18, 2008 from Little, Brown and Company.


Outliers takes a look at just that—something that is obviously different from other things. In Gladwell’s case, he looks at many of the bright, famous and/or successful people in the world and asks the question: “What makes high-achievers different?” According to the book’s write up on , Gladwell’s answer is that people focus too much on what successful people are like and not enough attention on where they are from.


In a Q&A about his latest book—posted on his Web site—Gladwell writes, “I write books when I find myself returning again and again, in my mind, to the same themes. I wrote Tipping Point because I was fascinated by the sudden drop in crime in New York City—and that fascination grew to an interest in the whole idea of epidemics and epidemic processes. I wrote Blink because I began to get obsessed, in the same way, with the way that all of us seem to make up our minds about other people in an instant—without really doing any real thinking. In the case of Outliers, the book grew out a frustration I found myself having with the way we explain the careers of really successful people.”


Keep a look out at your local bookstore for Gladwell’s latest intellectual offering, or be sure to pre-order it online!


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