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Malcolm Gladwells Outliers does a fantastic job making a reader question everything in the world around them something the famed author is known for The novel takes the ideals behind success and contorts them to show that maybe a little bit of luck or good circumstance early on can lead to big things later on down the road In true Gladwell fashion Outliers uses anecdotes and examples from multiple scenarios to prove a central point The novel aims to show that the outlier in the end is not an outlier at all but rather someone who had a web of advantages and inheritances some deserved some not some earned some just plain lucky and was able to run with those advantages and end up very successful Gladwell 285 Outliers was published in 2008 and received attention from many prestigious reviewers including Howard Gardner of the Washington Post and David Leonhardt of the New York Times Both reviews have positive and negative things to say about the work but the excerpts in the acclaim section of Outliers paints a picture of a flawless novelThe Washington Post and New York Times are considered to be the top tier of the journalism empire and to receive a positive review from either would be a great honor for any author Ironically enough Gladwell got his start as a writer at the Washington Post It is important for a book review to highlight the good and bad in a novel which is exactly what Gardner and Leonhardt have done On the other hand it is equally as important for a publisher to make the book in question seem like it was the most phenomenal thing ever written This is where the acclaim section of a book comes into play Almost every book has at least a few reviews included whether the author is first time or a bestseller The idea of the acclaim section is to try and convince
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