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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 with many interesting and eye catching ideas!! Such an interesting take on how ideas become big! From Sesame Street to LexusPublished 1 day ago by RD Illinois
The book provide me a different way of looking at how people or ideas become successful. An easy read as well.Published 1 day ago by Eric Harper
A paradigm shifter. I use this in much of my examination of the lives of the successful.Published 9 days ago by Dean C
My favorite Gladwell book that I've preached on including his book "Blink". http://uucamd.libsyn.com/blinkPublished 11 days ago by Rev John
Gladwell's take on epidemics is truly enlightening and thought-invoking. He challenges his reader to take a look at daily routines, the way they think and their culture. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Jon-Michael Martin