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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.
Instead I found Gladwell's book well written, fast paced, interesting and thought provoking.
Malcolm Gladwell explains in his book The Tipping Point that it is possible for ideas, messages and behaviors to spread rapidly.
This is the second Gladwell book I've read, and unfortunately its as bad as the first (Blink!).
Interesting premise and some good info to back it up. However, the book meanders off into detailed examples to support the main point and wastes far too much time on them. Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Don Barkman
Malcolm Gladwell is one of my favorite writers. All of his stuff is good.Published 3 days ago by IchliebeGott
This book helps you to see things differently. I always enjoy reading Malcolm Gladwell's writing; it's just another master piece of a work!Published 15 days ago by Customer