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Book Review: Outliers

March 3, 2010

OUTLIERS REVIEW (by Francis Tan)

The ‘genius’ of “Outliers” lies in its ability to provide thoughtful hypotheses regarding the root causes of improbable events, particularly the origins of successful people, in a clear and entertaining way. Though it feels that Gladwell occasionally stretches his examples to fit the points he is making, his theories are grounded in logic and don’t feel too contrived. I believe that for parents, the book underscores our huge responsibility to our children. Ability can’t be taken for granted. Nor should we make premature judgments about others, just because we can’t easily see how they excel. Rather, we should strive to provide the nurture, care and environment that will help all of them grow.


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  1. March 7, 2010 11:49 pm

    This is definitely a “must-read.” It illustrates just how much of our children’s lives are left to chance – and how much isn’t.

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