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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.
Great book. Insightful and written in an accessible manner for all readers.Published 1 day ago by Shannon Leigh
This book was highly recommended to me by friends and family. I started off reading the book with an open mind but as I went on I became disappointed in the focus on such... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Elizabeth
I'm not going to give you a review on this book. This certainly is a modern classic masterpiece that will go down on many must read lists. Read morePublished 4 days ago by T. Murthy
Way too many and too detailed examples for every point being made. The material itself is good, but some explanations and interpretations seem to fit the writer's agenda rather... Read morePublished 14 days ago by BP
A must Read book!!!! The Tipping Point is a must. A++++++Published 14 days ago by marguerita Brinton
Loved the study in this book. Makes you consider what and how you do things in life.Published 15 days ago by Susan W.
Another great read with so many practical implications for our lives. I'm a high school teacher, and I love reading Gladwell. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Corey Bike
Read it! The author provides numerous converging examples for the key concepts in easily digestible prose. The only regret is finishing the read.Published 20 days ago by Doug Friedrich