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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 has lots of insight to why things become the way they are. Written from the point of view of a sociologist and journalist. Interesting stories.Published 2 days ago by o
Gladwell teaches a compelling rethink of history and our understanding of how we relate to each other. A must for anyone living with a purpose.Published 5 days ago by Jesse Steele
Great insight into the world of how things happen. Read this book! Also read Outliers and Blink. Malcolm Gladwell has become one of my favorite authors. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Tim Zurawski
The book, along with Outliers and Blink will change the way you think. The books are easy to read and provide clear examples of the ideas. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
I read this book for school, not a book I would have read if my professor had not made it part of our grade. It kept me entertained, and it does impact the way a person thinks. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Erin