There is always to sides to a story. Gladwell’s latest book, Outliers, is essentially about those two sides. It is a book about "those who have been given opportunities and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.”
Malcolm doesn’t tell us his life story but some parts are about his mother's heritage and he use parts of his life as an indirect example. He tells other's stories of success and tells the story we all know about famous people, artists and groups to undercut that same story with details and ideas in a new perspective. This is a refreshing idea and it gives the reader an effective escape from the common stalemate they can have with their own thoughts and views of success.
The book is far from the best one I've read but it gives you a simple and easy read about a subject that is close to holy, Malcolm questions the institutions we have today. Success can be fostered and Malcolm makes us think differently, it is refreshing and important.