Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.
Post by Jenni.
This book is another thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating amble down the corridors of society and individuals: of culture and its unexpected effects on achievement and society; of individual talent versus circumstance. Gladwell completely debunks our counterproductive tendency to deify our high achievers and hero worship them as examples of upward mobility or individual genius, showing us that we inadvertently advantage all sorts of groups, and disadvantage others, without intention or desire, and the consequence of our individuation of achievers is counterproductive to our understanding and our communities.
As ever, this is fascinating and memorable just for the stories Gladwell so entertainingly relates, and it is all of quick, important, satisfying and enlightening. A fascinating writer.
Also available as an eBook and an eAudiobook from the Gold Coast Libraries.