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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 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 3 days ago by Erin
Well-written. Lively. "No sleeping allowed!" I enjoyed learning from Mr. Gladwell.Published 7 days ago by ~ Bill on the hill ~
Interesting information about trends that take off and possible reasons why.
Now if I could only learn what to apply to get past the tipping point in my business.
Loved this book! Malcolm Gladwell is a genius! This book goes over how social trends are started, and how they spread. Read morePublished 9 days ago by DanPow
This book dissects pivotal situations in history in which the decisions that we collectively made as a society ultimately had major ramifications or "tipping points" as... Read morePublished 13 days ago by The Exotic Dish