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CB replied on Tue, Sep 22 2020 5:24 PM
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"The dairy of Anne Frank" is another book everyone should have read. Shocking and informative at the same time!

This one is clearly not a piece of cake [:\'(]
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beocool replied on Thu, Oct 8 2020 1:17 PM

I finished Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell a couple of days ago. My first book of this writer. It's not an easy book to judge, at least for me. The book has one central theme: Being smart is not enough to succeed, you also need to get lucky. It's very well written and easy to read.

The individual chapters are very interesting and cover subjects as Canadian hockey players, Korean airline pilots, poor kids in the Bronx, Jewish lawyers and so on. But he uses far less data to make his point than, for instance, Hans Rosling does in Factfulness or Steven Pinker in Enlightenment now. I've read these books before and also posted my review here.

This perhaps shouldn't be surprising. Rosling was a doctor and statistician and Steven Pinker is a cognitive psychologist, linguist, and popular science author. They use a vast amount of data and some narrative to make their point. Gladwell is a journalist. There's some data, but more narrative. Therein lies the main reason this book leaves me a bit unsatisfied.


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