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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.
Interesting stuff! But it could have been greatly compressed. Malcolm was "stretching" even to make a thin volume..Published 14 hours ago by Nora E Rodgers
Classic Gladwell. Interesting facts combined with statistical analysis that forces the reader to think outside the box.Published 2 days ago by George L Kurz
It's brilliant and I don't even know how to begin talking about it.... Paul Revere, Hush Puppies, the Columbia Record Club and a lot of information and thought about human nature... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Maurice Tift
All I can say is that I read this and loved it, and ten years later I find it still aids me in thinking about things. I love Gladwell, and this is his best book.Published 6 days ago by Julia Houston
Some of the data seems anecdotal. Although New York had become a filthy mess and a clean environment is conducive to residents sharing a common pride it is highly unlikely that is... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Jon D. Zern, DVM
In the book, The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell, Gladwell discusses why some ideas “tip,” and why others do not. Read morePublished 14 days ago by kellie madden
We read this book for a 2-day forum. The author did a great job explaining the tipping point and gave great analogies to substantiate his points! Well worth the read!Published 18 days ago by Norman H. Seawright, Jr