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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 book does a great job of exploring "epidemics". It provides a variety of examples and explanations of the psychology and sociology behind social "epidemics". Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steven T.
I love how Malcolm Gladwell writes. Fun read and interesting concepts.Published 5 months ago by Reg Lalach
I like the way Malcolm writes, so of course I love it!! Shipping was prompt!Published 6 months ago by Sean Gold
A powerful read that is counterintuitive to the way most movements are started. Looking forward to reading his other books.Published 7 months ago by figamus
Gladwell never disappoints. The lessons from his books stay with you for a very long time. Tipping Point rocks!Published 7 months ago by austricanuck
A critical look into the social science of success phenomenon. An excellent read and must-have literature for the budding entrepreneur. A real pleasure to read and apply.Published 9 months ago by Sebastien
Like the other Malcolm Gladwell books that I have read (Yes, I read his works out of order), this one was well written, interesting, and thoughtful. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Natasha Cooper