Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell

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Title : Outliers
Author : Malcolm Gladwell
Publisher : Penguin Books
Pages : 309
Genre : Philosophy
ISBN : 978-0-14103-625-0

Outliers happened to me out of nowhere. I never intended to read this book and also psychology is something that gets over my head, but still I thought lets give it a try. The book was given to me by my friend Tarun and I am so thankful to him. It is an international bestseller and the feedback given by the top notch editorials is something impeccable. I picked it up this morning and finished it in the evening. The book is divided into two parts, Opportunity and Legacy. Some 309 pages spread over 9 chapters that are further sub divided into smaller sections overall giving a very balanced structure to the book. 

Outliers opens up with The Roseto Mystery, the introduction of the book, explaining the term Outlier with an real life example. The book is written in such a way that it attacks your psychology in an unusual way. The stuff is not boring and keeps you hooked. I would definitely want to say something here, if you are an impatient reader, this book is definitely not for you. 

Part 1, Opportunity, deals with success stories where people have turned a small opportunity into something big and have left a mark on the society. The 5 chapters in this part are dedicated to Canadian Hockey, IT, two chapters on education and law. This part of the book tells you a simple fact that there is nothing called big or small in the society. The line which has been drawn between these two sections of the society is all imaginary. The examples given in this part would definitely make you think about various things and  would boost your morale too. 

Part 2, Legacy  is all about people and examples where people have inherited their stuff from their ancestors. It is extremely tough to keep up with legacy. It tests your guts and patience from time to time and the challenges you encounter frequently makes sure that you are always on your toes. There are four chapters in these parts and all of them are super interesting. This part of the book counter balances Part 1 really well and covers almost all aspects one can think of.

All and all, reading outliers was a pleasant experience. Gladwell has surely impressed me with his writing. The language is simple and captivating and once you get the hang of the book it is a complete page turner. Give it a try if you want some food for thought. 

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Publisher : Penguin Books

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