Outliers : By Malcolm Gladwell

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Malcolm Gladwell wrote the book titled Outliers to show the world how unique people got their start and all of the factors and obstacles it takes to succeed in life. Every chapter of this book contains a different success story. At the beginning of each new section, Malcolm describes where each story is taking place and who will be involved. An example of this unique imagery includes the start of the chapter titled, “The Ethnic Theory of Plane Crashes,” when Malcolm Gladwell described the setting as follows, “On the morning of August 5, 1997, the captain of Korean Air flight 801 woke at six. His family would later tell investigators that he went to the gym for an hour, then came home and studied the flight plan for that evening’s journey…show more content…
Gladwell’s intentions for this book include persuading readers to see success the same way as he does and also to enlighten or teach the world about what factors play into being successful considering his inspiration for this book was that no one truly knew what success meant. Malcolm writes, “In Outliers, I want to convince you that these kinds of personal explanations of success don’t work. People don’t rise from nothing” (Gladwell, 19). Malcolm’s intended audience is any and all people because his goal was to education the world on this topic. Outliers appeals to an audience because people want to discover what success stories are and how people become prosperous. There were various success stories told throughout each chapter, Malcolm describes his purpose for this as follows, “This is a book about outliers, about men and women who do things that are out of the ordinary. Over the course of the chapters ahead, I’m going to introduce you to one kind of outlier after another: to geniuses, business tycoons, rock stars, and software programmers. We’re going to uncover the secrets of a remarkable lawyer, look at what separates the very best pilots from the pilots who have crashed planes, and try to figure out why Asians are so good at math. And in examining the lives of the remarkable among us - I will argue that there is something profoundly wrong with the way we make sense of success” (Gladwell, 18). All of these stories are unique and different and are

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