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For example, Paul Revere was able to galvanise the forces of resistance so effectively in part because he was what Gladwell calls a "Connector": he knew just about everybody, particularly the revolutionary leaders in each of the towns that he rode through. But Revere "wasn't just the man with the biggest Rolodex in colonial Boston", he was also a "Maven" who gathered extensive information about the British. He knew what was going on and he knew exactly whom to tell. The phenomenon continues to this day--think of how often you've received information in an e-mail message that had been forwarded at least half a dozen times before reaching you.
Gladwell develops these and other concepts (such as the "stickiness" of ideas or the effect of population size on information dispersal) through simple, clear explanations and entertainingly illustrative anecdotes, such as comparing the pedagogical methods of Sesame Street and Blue's Clues, or explaining why it would be even easier to play Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon with the actor Rod Steiger. Although some readers may find the transitional passages between chapters hold their hands a little too tightly, and Gladwell's closing invocation of the possibilities of social engineering sketchy, even chilling, The Tipping Point is one of the most effective books on science for a general audience in ages. It seems inevitable that "tipping point", like "future shock" or "chaos theory," will soon become one of those ideas that everybody knows--or at least knows by name. --Ron Hogan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Lots of negative comments written about this book but, fact is, it is a good read with explanations of factors in tipping points, different character types and their interaction... Read morePublished 2 days ago by VW
This book is all about how social phenomena can suddenly and unexpectedly 'tip' - how products can suddenly become popular, how crime can dramatically fall, how information can... Read morePublished 5 days ago by David pickersgill
good simple read- i find gladwell style to be similar to the freakonomics guysPublished 6 days ago by GoBraves10
Wonderful book, literally for anyone who is interested in human behaviour; marketing, management, leadership, politics, public policy, etc the list is endless. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Ladipo F.
Although this was a bestselling product of the late 1990's, it is not difficult to recognize its contemporary relevance. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Mr. Timothy W. Dumble
Excellent book if you're just interested in learning about the factors which go into ideas and things going viral or otherwise becoming popular, but not especially in depth if... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is science at the limits and what causes things to suddenly change and how to look for it. Need to practice looking for tipping points.Published 1 month ago by Mr. Eric Sutherland
Fascinating and easy read. If you want to be enthralled by just about everything.Published 1 month ago by Magic Harry