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For example, Paul Revere was able to galvanize 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 the Hardcover edition.
This book is a quick read, which is good because reading it over and over provides different insights each time. I enjoyed it very much. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Well written, fast read, not so very enlightening as I was hoping. I'd say that it was slightly trivial IMO.Published 5 days ago by Steve Markgraf
This book is a quick read, which is good because reading it over and over provides different insights each time. I enjoyed it very much. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is a quick read, which is good because reading it over and over provides different insights each time. I enjoyed it very much. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
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This book helped me to understand how seemingly random events can suddenly turn into an epidemic, like our present almost daily reporting of mass shootings.Published 20 days ago by goat lady