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The Roseto mystery -- The Matthew effect (Matthew 25:29) -- The 10,000 hour rule (Hamburg) -- The trouble with geniuses & IQ -- The lessons of Joe Flom -- Harlan, Kentucky -- The ethnic theory of plane crashes -- Rice paddies and math tests -- Marita's bargain (KIPP) -- A Jamaican story.
The best-selling author of Blink identifies the qualities of successful people, posing theories about the cultural, family, and idiosyncratic factors that shape high achievers, in a resource that covers such topics as the secrets of software billionaires, why certain cultures are associated with better academic performance, and why the Beatles earned their fame.
Interesting, easy read. Lots to think about -- Gladwell says that success comes from adding up lots of little things, and he tells many good stories. Some may question whether being Jewish in New York in 1900 was an advantage. Few would question that working 10,000 hours on your favorite job task would give you an advantage. If you like this book, you might like Mindset -- the New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck.