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Outliers: The Story of Success
Outliers: The Story of Success
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2.0 out of 5 stars Beware, 4 Nov 2013
Beware this mildly entertaining collection of stories and anecdotes. They purport to provoke thought, but will actually mainly provoke jumping to conclusions on flimsy evidence. Anecdotes and small samples make for sloppy unscientific thinking as they ignore the myriad other stories that would lead to different conclusions. This book gives you no data, statistics or analysis, just anecdotes selected by the writer to make his points.
One of these points is that people who have achieved success and fame have often been lucky as well as talented. It seems to me that Malcolm Gladwell's lucky break is that people are swallowing his light offerings as if they contained some profound and original truths. The readers are seeing clothes on a naked emperor, and Malcolm is raking in the money.

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