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Author: Malcolm Gladwell Narrator: Malcolm Gladwell Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2006 ISBN: 9781594831713
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This celebrated New York Times bestseller— now poised to reach an even wider audience in paperback—is a book that is changing the way Americans think about selling products and disseminating ideas. Author looks at why major changes in our society so often happen suddenly and unexpectedly. An intellectual adventure story and a road map to change, with a profoundly hopeful message—that one imaginative person applying a well-placed lever can move the world.

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  • Why is it that fashion trends change the way we dress? Why do various TV shows, movies, and books become so popular? Malcolm Gladwell provides a diagram of our society, along with an analysis of the strategies people apply to influence and mold its direction. Gladwell describes the personality types that create trends and those that influence others by "spreading the word." History takes on a whole new perspective as he describes events of early America that specifically follow his theories of "selling the public on an idea" and "social epidemics." Feedback from market mavericks further substantiates Gladwell's viewpoints. B.J.P. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/ SEPT 01]

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karoline | 2/9/2014

    " I really liked his other book "Outliers" more. This one was a little repetitive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 2/1/2014

    " Really enjoyed this. Can easily put down and come back to.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvonne | 1/30/2014

    " make you realize what you didn't "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saad | 1/28/2014

    " My first experience with Malcom Gladwell. good book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trudi | 1/27/2014

    " The first nonfiction that I truly loved. Gladwell will always be a favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat | 1/26/2014

    " A totally intellectually stimulating book! A great view point n insight to the working of the persons that make society a society. I recomend this book to anyone I know!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendal | 1/21/2014

    " Though a unique and interesting theory, Gladwell hits you over the head with it and relentlessly argues each point into the ground. He over describes his examples and gives too much extraneous information. For the most part I was intrigued with his argument but bored with his writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruben | 1/20/2014

    " A very interesting read about how trends begin and in this new world of viral videos every other week it is very much relevant to the times we live in. It can at times be somewhat slow paced and it can get too caught up in the details that will be boring to some. If your looking for an interesting perspective on how overnight success is attained this is a must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jihad | 12/30/2013

    " decent book. could have been summarized i far less pages. while i like Gladweel's books they feel, sound, read the same to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linn | 12/8/2013

    " I agree with Nick, this book was an amazing read. I learned a lot from this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin | 12/6/2013

    " To read my review, please visit theagencyreview.wordpress.com/tipping... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Udae | 11/28/2013

    " Cool read if your interested in understanding how social pandemics start and grow "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karla | 11/12/2013

    " Love Malcolm Gladwell. Outliers was much more my style though. This book has 3 main types of people and goes into extensive detail about each. I kept hoping for more outlining and big picture info. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mistymac | 10/29/2013

    " love love LOVE this book. gives you a different perspective on many things in life and opens your world up to a whole new way of thinking. i'll probably read this several times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 10/23/2013

    " Interesting insights into trendsetting notions and behavior. I thought the chapter on suicide and smoking could've been trimmed down, but overall, I'd give Tipping Point 3.5 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 10/19/2013

    " The ideas in this book are mainly descriptive. The author doesn't answered the question: Why? What drove all these outcomes? All these questions need some answers. When will you write a new book mr. Gladwell ? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyndon | 9/25/2013

    " Really enjoyed the book, its well worth reading but I enjoyed some of his other books more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 9/2/2013

    " Thought provoking and very easy to read. This book will spark discussions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fares_a | 3/9/2013

    " I'm in love with the title of this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shimin | 12/27/2012

    " Malcolm Gladwell's books are what I've been interested in. Every sentence is great knowledge. I enjoy the facts, the experiences and surprises. He may be that tipping point for me to have a dramatic change, to explore a new the field I admire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 12/19/2012

    " Phil and I both really enjoyed this book. I know it's not generally as well liked as Blink, but we both found it both interesting and written well enough that it was exceptionally easy to just let other things slide and keep reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taryn | 10/2/2012

    " Fascinating read. I saw lots of ways to apply this to education. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 8/13/2012

    " I enjoy his rambling approach to reaching his topics. Enlightening entertaining "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bektya | 7/24/2012

    " It makes me want to start positive epidemics of my own! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krisee30 | 2/14/2012

    " I completely enjoy reading anything from this author. Gives you a new perspective on everything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mercy | 2/12/2012

    " This is a fascinating study in how societies are shaped and effected and I enjoyed every page! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gosia | 9/8/2011

    " Excellent. I learned so much about social forces of driving human behavior! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 8/31/2011

    " Loved this book. Such an easy read of some difficult concepts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicholas | 6/27/2011

    " Just like anything by Gladwell - amazing, insightful and find yourself using snippets of the book in conversation "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rich | 5/19/2011

    " A very interesting book.

    He does continue to propagate the Kitty Genonese story incorrectly, but otherwise a very fascinating book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allegra | 5/18/2011

    " Fantastic book. Although it's non-fiction it more or less reads like a thriller. I can't wait to read Outliers, which I just got from the library, in addition to Blink and What the Dog Said. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 5/17/2011

    " Interesting ideas, but I think Gladwell assumes to much and presents too little supporting evidence for this book to be truly great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 5/16/2011

    " An amazing book on finding that small number of people who truly have the ability to make a difference "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 5/16/2011

    " My three friends who read this book rated it 5 stars, 3 stars, 1 star. I'm in the middle. Best thing I learned was that we can only remember up to 7 things at once. Takeaway: Get those projects down to a manageable number! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara | 5/16/2011

    " Really interesting, a very unique look at thought epidemics, and the factors that contribute forming them. Really applicable to so many different arenas of society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jude | 5/15/2011

    " But, but: Who specifically started the Hush Puppies rebirth? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philip | 5/11/2011

    " Human nature exposed as you've never seen before! That's the type of screaming headline this book deserves. The Tipping Point explores social epidemics and reveals the minor but compelling changes required to start an epidemic. Fascinating, great reading, and extremely well crafted. "

About the Author

Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer with the New Yorker since 1996. He is a former writer at the Washington Post and served as the newspaper’s New York City bureau chief. He has won a National Magazine Award, and in 2005 he was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. He is the author of four books: The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference, Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking, and Outliers: The Story of Success, all of which were #1 New York Times bestsellers. His book What the Dog Saw is a compilation of stories published in the New Yorker. Gladwell graduated from the University of Toronto, Trinity College, with a degree in history. He was born in England, grew up in rural Ontario, and now lives in New York City.