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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.
Conceptually brilliant but after you get his thesis it gets a bit repetitive.Published 1 day ago by Bryna Siegel, Ph.D.
Half way through this book, love it. Came in good shape and was a good price.Published 2 days ago by Tyler Shovein
I''ve read this book twice becaue I enjoyed it so much....very readable....but deep enough to want to go over it again.Published 4 days ago by Faye Graham
I may just be a Gladwell fan, but, I really enjoyed reading this book. I thought it gave me a perspective I hadn't thought of. Things happen and the why is pretty interesting. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Daniel D Geller
Other reviewers have done an excellent job of reviewing the book’s thrust and content, so I’m going to assume I don’t need to do that here. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Mona G. Affinito
Great theory and practical application. Explains a lot. I agree completely with his analysis.Published 7 days ago by Philip M. Kayal
Great incite and explanation of how small differences make a big difference.Published 9 days ago by Patrick S McManus
If you enjoy other Malcolm Gladwell books, you will like this one too! He's a big idea person and I feel like his books make me consider things from new perspectives!Published 9 days ago by Jenny