TodayÂ´s book: Outliers by #malcolmgladwell
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A section of review of this book from NYT.
Gladwellâs latest book, âOutliers,â is a passionate argument for taking the second version of the story more seriously than we now do. âIt is not the brightest who succeed,â Gladwell writes. âNor is success simply the sum of the decisions and efforts we make on our own behalf. It is, rather, a gift. Outliers are those who have been given opportunities â and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.â He doesnât actually tell his own life story in the book. (But he lurks offstage, since he does describe the arc of his motherâs Jamaican family.) Instead, he tells other success stories, often using the device of back-to-back narratives. He starts with a tale of individual greatness, about the Beatles or the titans of Silicon Valley or the enormously successful generation of New York Jews born in the early 20th century. Then he adds details that undercut that tale.
So Bill Gates is introduced as a young computer programmer from Seattle whose brilliance and ambition outshine the brilliance and ambition of the thousands of other young programmers. But then Gladwell takes us back to Seattle, and we discover that Gatesâs high school happened to have a computer club when almost no other high schools did. He then lucked into the opportunity to use the computers at the University of Washington, for hours on end. By the time he turned 20, he had spent well more than 10,000 hours as a programmer.