Tuesday, March 10, 2009

"Outliers", by Malcolm Gladwell


Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell


(disclaimer: I have actually read the first chapter of this book. But having read other Gladwell books, I’m confident that this has not ruined my preview).


Outliers. I will glean everything of real interest from this book by the end of the first chapter. There will be plenty of interesting anecdotes spread throughout, and maybe a few more facets that will flesh out the basic premise, but the main idea will be delivered in full by the end of the first chapter.

Halfway through I’ll get kind of bored and will go on the internet to read Malcolm Gladwell’s Wikipedia page. I’ll wonder how he got to where he is and who he attends cocktail parties with. Then I will pick the book back up and read it for a while before I’m interrupted by a phone call or loud noise from my downstairs neighbors.
Three weeks later I will still not have finished the book, even though it is a slim volume which could virtually be read in a single sitting. I may decide never to finish it. Because Fuck Malcolm Gladwell. Really.

There is, however, a 17% possibility I will resist putting the book down, will plow through it very fast, and will, in the final chapters, be surprised by some new detail of Gladwell’s theory, which I will then share enthusiastically with people I know as I try to get them to read it. most of them will not.


FINAL PREVIEW SCORE (A to F): C

this review was 90% accurate

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