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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 chose this book which I did enjoy as my Grandson had to read this over his summer break. Learned many
things as I read it.
Would recommend this book to anybody in sales and or marketing, explore reaching out to mavens, find the tipping pointPublished 1 day ago by gil rubio
I bought this book for a class, and it was an interesting read! Malcolm Gladwell's style of writing is pleasant and natural to read! Read morePublished 2 days ago by Colleen Parnell
This book influenced my thinking quite a bit when I was an adolescent. Rereading it now some flows occurred to me; I craved more evidence, even if I was certain the author would... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Lili Torok
Gladwell's earliest work foreshadows much of what would later become his trademark style of analysis. Read more
This is the second time I read this book and liked it a lot more than the first time. It is really well written. His research is fascinating. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Vincent Cuccia
The Tipping Point provided arguments for why certain behaviors, ideas or products become wildly popular - some reach a tipping point at which time small factors contribute to... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Kmgmt