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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.
I have not read allot of Gladwell before, so I started with this one. The subject matter is simple and some of the examples are effective at making his points/conclusions. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jacob Johnson
Malcolm Gladwell does it again with this amazing, brain teasing, important conversations, brilliant analysis book.Published 4 days ago by Vanessa Lamers
A reread for every year. A reminder to me on who gets the majority of things done in this world and how to identify them.Published 5 days ago by Thomas
I don't recall how I heard of this book or if the title simply caught my eye at the library, but I am very glad I read it. Read morePublished 6 days ago by stephanie
Malcolm Gladwell its one the best thinkers of our time. Must read it.Published 6 days ago by Fernando Tarte Rubio