- Series: A Summary, Review & Analysis
- Paperback: 34 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 18, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1494410311
- ISBN-13: 978-1494410315
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,161,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Having read the original, I find that this summary version is nicely balanced between summary of the original book, and commentary on the book.
Each chapter's well-written summary is short and concise. Of course, it's not the whole chapter - just a nicely condensed version that hits all of the high points. You get the heart of the original book in a unique and fast-paced format.
Particularly in Chapter 4, Gladwell touches on the concept of different learning techniques and makes a really solid point in proving the case that it is not true that those who are at a disadvantage or under a handicap are not capable of achieving the success of extraordinarily skilled or even regular people. I agreed with many of the points Gladwell made, and I found the book overall refreshing, however there are some statements that he makes that I feel don’t always compliment other points he makes, and sometimes contradict them. For someone who is a finicky reader who wants to be stimulated, and doesn’t mind disagreeing at a few points with the author; this book is for you. It’s a great choice to readers who are open to other opinions and like to contemplate.
A particular interest to me is the concept of 'desirable difficulties' discussed in part 2. As mentioned in chapter 5 of the book, I lost a parent at an early age. In fact, I lost both my parents before the age of 16. I also have other factors I personally consider to be 'desirable difficulties' such as the fact that I have 2 young children, whom I had young, while I am working my way though school. I enjoy my success more, knowing I am thriving in a situation that would stop many dead in their tracks. It was interesting to read the studies that pair with the fact that having certain difficulties can contribute toward success. I was also interested in the fact that a comparable number of inmates share the same difficulties. I guess it goes to show things like that can either 'make or break' you, so to speak.
Over all I was happy with the purchase. A very interesting read, and this helped me zoom through it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The small book gave excellent summaries but little extra analysis.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
It is a 20 minute read as they say. Only 31 pages in total so it is a pamphlet at best -- for the price, I would expected a little more meat on the bones. Read morePublished on July 11, 2014 by phillip y
I do not fine this book very interesting. Lots of bad language. And the title and subject matter was miss leading. 6 CD;s in a neat little paper case.Published on June 25, 2014 by charlotte e
His books are great ---his insights, well drawn ---an easy read and tough to put down. The things he speaks of are current in our personal and political lives. Read morePublished on May 21, 2014 by Roy F. Bonner
I have always enjoyed Malcom Gladwell's and found this one hard to put down. Perhaps better than The Tipping Point.Published on April 27, 2014 by Barbara Wilford
Malcolm Gladwill is a fascinating writer/researcher who,picks good subjects and then does them proud. Why did Goliath need a shield bearer? Because the giant could not see. Read morePublished on April 3, 2014 by Daniel H. Murphy II
Not much information that is not already common knowledge! Author should stick to reporting newspaper-worthy articles and stop writing books.Published on March 28, 2014 by Doris
Summaries were obvious conclusions without much connection to book as a whole. The cost of the summary also seemed high for what it provided.Published on March 20, 2014 by sheila Black