12 Jan 2011

This book, fairly slender in appearance, really hinges on just two ideas: so-called genius rests on hours of hard work and opportunity, not just innate ability, and we are all products of our cultural heritage.  Fair enough, and Gladwell does have an ability to state the fairly obvious in a fluent and interesting way: the examples are as good as ever (but the plane crash one goes on a bit).  But it’s basically too slender (and not tightly connected) a pair of ideas to make into a full and satisfying book.  I still prefer his "Tipping Point" although I’m glad I’ve finally read this.