Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell


By Malcolm Gladwell

  • Release Date: 2008-11-18
  • Genre: Management & Leadership
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 2,753 Ratings)


Learn what sets high achievers apart -- from Bill Gates to the Beatles -- in this #1 bestseller from "a singular talent" (New York Times Book Review).

In this stunning 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.


  • Very negative book

    By celinexion
    Reading this book gave me anxieties about my future. Don’t read.
  • Malcom does it again, such great research and insights

    By Rooney !!!!!!
    This guy is slowly becoming my favorite author. Was introduced to him via the podcast “Revisionist History”. This one follows his usual track record of great material backed by good research. I heard the audio book. So great to hear it from the man himself.
  • Interesting but Not Particularly Actionable

    By C. Ackerman
    The thesis of “Outliers” is that we are all largely a product of our environments, and that the greatest among us benefit from being part of the right environments in addition to having certain innate talent as a prerequisite. Gladwell’s arguments are informative and salient, but if you’re approaching the book for advice, I don’t think there’s a lot of actionable information.
  • Thumbs up!

    By thairapyss
    Great quick read. Enjoyed how the author correlated different pieces in the story and brought it all together so well. I’m a believer.
  • I have never hated a book more

    By this hurt me
    DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME. This book made me want to rip my eyes out so that I wouldn’t have to read it. While some parts were interesting, the rest of the book made me feel either very angry or discouraged. It basically says that a lot of lucky things have to fall into place or else you will be a failure. As I read this horrible book, all I could compare it to were the reading sections of a standardized English test but an ENTIRE BOOK. I should sue Malcom for the lost time and happiness in my life.
  • 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.