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Outliers

1297 ratings

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In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band. Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.

©2008 Malcom Gladwell (P)2008 Hachette Audio

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Blink

798 ratings

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The landmark book that has revolutionized the way we understand leadership and decision making - from number-one best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell. In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work, in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others?  In Blink we meet the psychologist who has learned to predict whether a marriage will last, based on a few minutes of observing a couple; the tennis coach who knows when a player will double-fault before the racket even makes contact with the ball; the antiquities experts who recognize a fake at a glance. Here, too, are great failures of "blink": the election of Warren Harding; "New Coke"; and the shooting of Amadou Diallo by police. Blink reveals that great decision makers aren't those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of "thin-slicing", filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.  Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology and displaying all of the brilliance that made The Tipping Point a classic, Blink changes the way you understand every decision you make. Never again will you think about thinking the same way.

©2005 Malcolm Gladwell (P)2005 Time Warner AudioBooks

Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
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From the Ashes

717 ratings

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Winner, Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Nonfiction Winner, Indigenous Voices Awards Winner, High Plains Book Awards Finalist, CBC Canada Reads A Globe and Mail Book of the Year An Indigo Book of the Year A CBC Best Canadian Nonfiction Book of the Year   In this extraordinary and inspiring debut memoir, Jesse Thistle, once a high-school dropout and now a rising Indigenous scholar, chronicles his life on the streets and how he overcame trauma and addiction to discover the truth about who he is. If I can just make it to the next minute...then I might have a chance to live; I might have a chance to be something more than just a struggling crackhead. From the Ashes is a remarkable memoir about hope and resilience and a revelatory look into the life of a Métis Cree man who refused to give up. Abandoned by his parents as a toddler, Jesse Thistle briefly found himself in the foster-care system with his two brothers, cut off from all they had known. Eventually, the children landed in the home of their paternal grandparents, whose tough-love attitudes quickly resulted in conflicts. Throughout it all, the ghost of Jesse’s drug-addicted father haunted the halls of the house and the memories of every family member. Struggling with all that had happened, Jesse succumbed to a self-destructive cycle of drug and alcohol addiction and petty crime, spending more than a decade on and off the streets, often homeless. Finally, he realized he would die unless he turned his life around. In this heart-warming and heart-wrenching memoir, Jesse Thistle writes honestly and fearlessly about his painful past, the abuse he endured, and how he uncovered the truth about his parents. Through sheer perseverance and education - and newfound love - he found his way back into the circle of his Indigenous culture and family. An eloquent exploration of the impact of prejudice and racism, From the Ashes is, in the end, about how love and support can help us find happiness despite the odds.

©2019 Jesse Thistle (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
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The Tipping Point

637 ratings

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Featuring a new afterword. Why did crime in New York drop in the mid-90s? Why is teenage smoking out of control? Why are television shows like Sesame Street good at teaching kids how to read? In The Tipping Point, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in society happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point. Gladwell uncovers the personality types who are natural pollinators of new ideas and trends. He analyzes fashion trends, smoking, children's television, direct mail and the early days of the American Revolution for clues about making ideas infectious. The Tipping Point is an intellectual adventure story with an infectious enthusiasm for the power and joy of new ideas. Most of all, it is a road map to change, with a profoundly hopeful message: that one imaginative person applying a well-placed lever can move the world.

©2007 Malcolm Gladwell (P)2007 Hachette Audio

Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
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David and Goliath

522 ratings

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Audie Award Winner, Non-Fiction, 2014 Malcolm Gladwell, the number-one best-selling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What the Dog Saw, offers his most provocative - and dazzling - book yet. Three thousand years ago, on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and a sling, and ever since then the names of David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants. David's victory was improbable and miraculous. He shouldn't have won. Or should he have? In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago. From there, David and Goliath examines Northern Ireland's Troubles, the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, murder and the high costs of revenge, and the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms - all to demonstrate how much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity. In the tradition of Gladwell's previous best sellers, David and Goliath draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think about the world around us. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2013 Malcolm Gladwell (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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What the Dog Saw

192 ratings

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Over the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has become the most gifted and influential journalist in America. In The New Yorker, his writings are such must-reads that the magazine charges advertisers significantly more money for ads that run within his articles. With his number one best sellers, The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers, he has reached millions of readers and listeners. And now the very best and most famous of his New Yorker pieces are collected in a brilliant and provocative anthology.  Among the pieces: his investigation into why there are so many different kinds of mustard but only one kind of ketchup; a surprising assessment of what makes for a safer automobile; a look at how we hire when we can't tell who's right for the job; an examination of machine built to predict hit movies; the reasons why homelessness might be easier to solve than manage; his famous profile of inventor and entrepreneur Ron Popeil; a look at why employers love personality tests; a dissection of Ivy League admissions and who gets in; the saga of the quest to invent the perfect cookie; and a look at hair dye and the hidden history of postwar America.  For the millions of Malcolm Gladwell fans, this anthology is like a greatest hits compilation - a mixtape from America's alpha mind.

©2009 Malcolm Gladwell (P)2009 Hachette Audio

Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
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The Poetic Edda

45 ratings

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"The poems of the Poetic Edda have waited a long time for a Modern English translation that would do them justice. Here it is at last (Odin be praised!) and well worth the wait. These amazing texts from a thirteenth-century Icelandic manuscript are of huge historical, mythological, and literary importance, containing the lion's share of information that survives today about the gods and heroes of pre-Christian Scandinavians, their unique vision of the beginning and end of the world, etc.  "Jackson Crawford's modern versions of these poems are authoritative and fluent and often very gripping. With their individual headnotes and complementary general introduction, they supply today's readers with most of what they need to know in order to understand and appreciate the beliefs, motivations, and values of the Vikings." (Dick Ringler, professor emeritus of English and Scandinavian studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison)

©2015 Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Beauty

5 ratings

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Beauty can be consoling, disturbing, sacred, profane; it can be exhilarating, appealing, inspiring, chilling. It can affect us in an unlimited variety of ways. Yet it is never viewed with indifference.  In this Very Short Introduction audiobook, the renowned philosopher Roger Scruton explores the concept of beauty, asking what makes an object - either in art, in nature, or the human form - beautiful and examining how we can compare differing judgments of beauty when it is evident all around us that our tastes vary so widely.  Is there a right judgment to be made about beauty? Is it right to say there is more beauty in a classical temple than a concrete office block, more in a Rembrandt than in an Andy Warhol Campbell's Soup Cans?  Forthright and thought-provoking and as accessible as it is intellectually rigorous, this introduction to the philosophy of beauty draws conclusions that some may find controversial but, as Scruton shows, help us to find greater sense of meaning in the beautiful objects that fill our lives.

©2011 Horsell's Farm Enterprises Limited (P)2019 Tantor

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Adam Gopnik and Malcolm Gladwell

3 ratings

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New Yorker essayist Adam Gopnik and sociologist Malcolm Gladwell revisit their debates about healthcare, education, media, and a variety of other subjects. The event, introduced by Daniel Sullivan, general consul of Canada, and Simon Center director Henry Timms is followed by an extensive Q&A.

©2010 92nd Street Y (P)2010 92nd Street Y

Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
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Quiproquos

2 ratings

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Lorsqu'on rencontre quelqu'un pour la première fois, on s'en fait souvent une fausse idée. En projetant nos goûts, nos codes, nos espoirs sur l'Autre, nous le déformons quasiment systématiquement. De Hitler qui fait une excellente première impression à Chamberlain, à tout un groupe d'agents de la CIA devenus agents doubles pour Cuba sans éveiller le moindre soupçon, en passant par Amanda Knox que le monde entier juge coupable de meurtre, Malcolm Gladwell décortique dans Quiproquos un éventail d'exemples sur la difficulté que nous avons à nous décrypter entre humains. Une lecture vivante et foisonnante, pour en finir avec la peur de l'inconnu. TABLE DES MATIERES  Note de l'auteur ; Introduction : "Descendez de voiture !" ; PREMIÈRE PARTIE : ESPIONS ET DIPLOMATES : DEUX ÉNIGMES ; Chapitre I : La vengeance de Fidel Castro ; Chapitre II : Apprendre à connaître der Führer. DEUXIÈME PARTIE : LA VÉRITÉ PAR DÉFAUT ; Chapitre III : La Reine de Cuba ; Chapitre IV : Le fou sacré ; Chapitre V : Étude de cas : Le garçon dans les douches. TROISIÈME PARTIE : LA TRANSPARENCE ; Chapitre VI : Les faux-semblants de Friends ; Chapitre VII : Une explication (concise) de l'affaire Amanda Knox ; Chapitre VIII : Étude de cas : La fête de la fraternité d'étudiants. QUATRIÈME PARTIE : ENSEIGNEMENTS ; Chapitre IX : KSM : Qu'arrive-t-il quand l'inconnu est un terroriste ? CINQUIÈME PARTIE : LE COUPLAGE ; Chapitre X : Sylvia Plath ; Chapitre XI : Étude de cas : Expériences à Kansas City ; Chapitre XII : Sandra Bland. Remerciements.

©2019 / 2020 Little, Brown and Comany (Hachette Book Group Inc.) / Calmann-Lévy (P)2020 Audiolib

Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
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Rise of a Queen

1 rating

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Nothing is fair in love. This is my kingdom. My territory. I own everything and control everyone, Aurora included. She shouldn’t have barged into my world with no armor. She shouldn’t have caught my attention with no warning. Alas, she did. Then she thought she could disappear. If a battle is what it’ll take to protect and own her, I’ll shed blood. Wars aren’t fair, and neither am I. Rise of a Queen is the second part of a duet and is not stand-alone.

©2020 Rina Kent (P)2020 Rina Kent

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Inteligencia intuitiva [Intuitive Intelligence]

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¿Por qué algunas personas son brillantes tomando decisiones y otras son torpes una y otra vez? ¿Por qué algunos siguen su instinto y triunfan, mientras que otros acaban siempre dando un paso en falso? En este libro revolucionario, el periodista estadounidense Malcolm Gladwell nos explica cómo pensamos sin pensar, de dónde proceden las decisiones que parece que tomamos en dos segundos, pero que no son tan simples como aparentan. ¿Por qué algunas personas son brillantes tomando decisiones y otras son torpes una y otra vez? ¿Por qué algunos siguen su instinto y triunfan, mientras que otros acaban siempre dando un paso en falso? ¿Cuál es el funcionamiento real del cerebro en el trabajo, en clase, en la cocina o en la cama? ¿Y por qué las mejores decisiones suelen ser las más difíciles de explicar? Gladwell nos presenta a un psicólogo que ha aprendido a predecir si un matrimonio puede durar con sólo observarles unos minutos; a un entrenador de tenis que sabe cuándo un jugador hará doble falta antes incluso de que la raqueta toque la bola; a un experto en antigüedades que reconoce una falsificación de un solo vistazo. Este libro revela que quienes son buenos tomando decisiones no son aquellos que procesan más información o que dedican más tiempo a deliberar, sino aquellos que han perfeccionado el arte de hilar fino, de extraer los pocos factores que realmente importan a partir de una cantidad desmesurada de variables. Por medio de la neurología y la psicología, y exhibiendo todo el esplendor del que este autor es capaz, Inteligencia intuitiva cambia nuestra forma de ver las decisiones que tomamos. Nunca más volverás a pensar en pensar de la misma manera. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2005 Malcolm Gladwell (P)2018 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S. A. U.

Narrator: Edson Matus
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
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El punto clave [The Tipping Point]

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¿Cómo surgen las epidemias, las modas, los éxitos de venta, el fenómeno de boca a boca o cualquiera de esos pequeños cambios que sacuden nuestra vida cotidiana al provocar grandes efectos? En esta obra revolucionaria que ocupa desde hace años los primeros puestos en las listas de ventas de Estados Unidos, Gladwell, un auténtico gurú de los negocios, analiza la trayectoria de varios productos y tendencias de gran éxito hasta descubrir cómo y por qué se alcanza el punto de inflexión a partir del cual algo se convierte en un fenómeno de masas: el punto clave. Gladwell nos presenta a personas responsables de difundir nuevas ideas y tendencias y examina la moda, los programas infantiles de televisión, la conducta de los fumadores y hasta la publicidad directa, con el fin de dilucidar el proceso del contagio de ideas. «La mejor forma de entender los cambios misteriosos que jalonan nuestra vida cotidiana (ya sea la aparición de una tendencia en la moda, el retroceso de las oleadas de crímenes, la transformación de un libro desconocido en un éxito de ventas, el aumento del consumo de tabaco entre los adolescentes, o el fenómeno del boca a oreja) es tratarlos como puras epidemias. Las ideas, los productos, los mensajes y las conductas se extienden entre nosotros igual que los virus.» —Malcolm Gladwell Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2000 Malcolm Gladwell (P)2017 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

Narrator: Edson Matus
Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
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