5 Malcolm Gladwell Must Reads
If you’re interested in psychology, science or just have a passing interest in human behaviour then you’ve probably already heard of Malcolm Gladwell.
Named in Time magazines top 100 influential people, Gladwell takes complicated and fascinating aspects of human behaviour and offers an unparalleled degree of insight.
Simplifying and humanising complicated scientific findings is a skill and as is clear in these great books, that skill is something that Gladwell has in abundance.
The 5 great Malcolm Gladwell books we will discuss are:
- Outliers: The Story of Success
- The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
- Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
- David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants
- What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures
- Malcolm Gladwell: Collected, the Definitive Editions: The Tipping Point/Blink/Outliers
So without further introduction, find below more details of each of these impressive books.
Outliers: The Story of Success
This is first on the list as its my personal favourite!
If you’ve ever wondered why certain people are so successful and go on to achieve well above the average person then this will make a great read for you.
From athletes to business super stars Outliers tells the story of what it takes to make an individual successful, and why some individuals with extremely high IQ’s don’t go on to become successful.
It will not help you become an ‘Outlier’ but it may change the way you think about your own life story.
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
I first remember reading The Tipping Point some years ago and then I logged in to Amazon and it told me exactly when I bought it:
And 10 years later this book is still sat on my bookshelf, and is often back on my reading list.
In the Tipping Point Gladwell explains how trends, ideas and behaviours reach a tipping point – or as you might say in todays language – go viral.
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
Yet another best seller, Blink explores the power of our unconscious mind and argues how decisions made in the blink of an eye can be just as good (or even better) than decisions we take a long time to make.
Concise and entertaining Blink shows us how snap judgements and first impressions can be improved on and controlled.
Gladwell uncovers some fascinating real-world examples:
- why tall people earn substantially more than their shorter colleagues
- why car salesmen unconsciously charge prices according to race and gender
Gladwell seeks to explain why our unconscious thinking can often betray us.
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants
Released in 2013 David and Goliath tells the story of why underdogs often perform so much better than expected.
If you’re interested in the concept of power then this is a great read explaining how the dynamic between the seemingly powerful and powerless.
And even if you aren’t interested in the idea of power then Gladwell takes us through some great stories from history of succeeding against the odds.
What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures
What the dog saw explores how even the seemingly ordinary and everyday can have an extraordinary story.
Asking the best questions and uncovering remarkable answers is were Gladwell exceeds in this book.
This collection of essays is the perfect book to read now and then if you don’t have time to commit to a full book at the moment or just need a book to dive in and out of.
Malcolm Gladwell: Collected, the Definitive Editions: The Tipping Point/Blink/Outliers
This collection is a great addition to any bookshelf or makes the perfect present.
Have you read any/all of these great Malcolm Gladwell books?
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