Outlier’s may be Malcolm Gladwell’s best book. It is much more intresting and informative than Tipping Point, the book that brough him worldwide attention.
Outlier looks at factors that contribute to success, under his belief that success isn’t something almost magical — where anyone through hardwork, perserverance and some good luck can be successful. Success is based on hard work — lots of it — and other factors, including the culture one is raised in and other factors including period when one was born. For Canadian hockey players, for example, the time to be born is the first quarter of the year.
This book will create discussions about points in the book, such as the value of year-round school compared with big summer vacation schools and if Southerners still have the society of honor as much now as a few decades ago.