Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell

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This might be the most inter­est­ing and insight­ful book I have ever read. By def­i­n­i­tion an “out­lier” is a phe­nom­e­non that lies out­side of nor­mal expe­ri­ence. This book focus­es on the sto­ry of peo­ple whose lives and expe­ri­ences are phe­nom­e­nal in that regard. It explains the careers of real­ly suc­cess­ful peo­ple like Bill Gates and dis­cuss­es what specif­i­cal­ly lead to his suc­cess in terms of his­tor­i­cal date­lines, oppor­tu­ni­ty, peo­ple in his life, etc. It also shows why cer­tain phe­nom­e­na exist with­in cer­tain cultures…like why Chi­nese peo­ple are his­tor­i­cal­ly out­stand­ing at math and why Kore­an pilots crash more planes than all the rest and why 50% of the NHL play­ers and most of the hock­ey hall-of-famers were born in Jan­u­ary, Feb­ru­ary or March. It’s an amaz­ing book that I might just have to read again. (Sent by Nick Damalas) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 

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