6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A good idea, but not convincing.,
This review is from: Outliers: The Story of Success (Hardcover)
I found this book interesting and entertaining but ultimately disappointing.
Mr Gladwell makes the evidence fit his theories, with some selective examples of success. These are then turned into quasi-laws for success; 10,000 hours "hard labour", being born at the right time etc.
Overall though the book is unbalanced and a touch rambling. I'm still not really sure how the - very long - chapter on air crashes fitted into the overall concept, despite it being a very interesting read.
There are some inspirational moments in the book - who can fail to be impressed by the attitude, philosophy and work ethic of the Chinese rice farmers.
But overall, for me, Mr Gladwell's theories are unconvincing and in need of much more analytical and empirical rigour.