By Malcolm Gladwell


The purpose of this author's book is to inform us that where we are from and the opportunities we have determine our likely hood of success.

Example 1

"They had to appreciate the ideas that the values of the world we inhabit and the people we surround ourselves with have a profound effect on who we are.

In Outliers, I want to do for our understanding of success what Steward Wolf did for our understanding of health." (Gladwell 11)

Example 2

"In Outliers, I want to explain that these kinds of personal explanations don't work." " It makes a difference when and where we grew up. The culture we belong to and the legacies passed down by our forebears." (Gladwell 19)

Example 3

"This is the advantage that Oppenheimer had and that Chris Langan lacked. Oppenheimer was raised in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in manhattan, the son of an artist and successful garment manufacturer. his childhood was the embodiment of concerted cultivation. on weekends, the Oppenheimer's would go driving in the countryside... " (Gladwell 19)

Example 4

"in Outliers we've seen hat success arises out of the steady accumulation of advantages:when and where you are born, what your parents did for a living, and what the circumstances of your upbringing were all made a significant difference in how well you do in the world." (Gladwell 175-176)


In outliers Malcolm Gladwell uses many cultural references to explain his point that where you were born, how you were raised, and what opportunities you had, were a determinate factor as to how successful you were. This uses evidence from various places ranging from hockey to rice paddies in Asia to qualify his observations. It takes us through a long range of statistics and specific people’s lives and how their specific opportunities and upbringing played a role in how they developed in adulthood. These repeated elements including facts from other sources just continue to drive in the message of the book as you continue to read on.