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The Tipping Point

How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

By Malcolm Gladwell

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Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 May 2001
"The Tipping Point" is the biography of an idea, and the idea is quite simple: that many of the problems we face - from murder to teenage delinquency to traffic jams - behave like epidemics. They aren't linear phenomena in the sense that they steadily and predictably change according to the level of effort brought to bear against them. They are capable of sudden and dramatic changes in direction. Years of well-intentioned intervention may have no impact at all, yet the right intervention - at just the right time - can start a cascade of change. Many of the social ills that face us today, in other words, are as inherently volatile as the epidemics that periodically sweep through the human population: little things can cause them to "tip" at any time and if we want to understand how to confront and solve them we have to understand what those "tipping points" are. In this study, Malcolm Gladwell explores the ramifications of this. Not simply for politicians and policy-makers, his method provides a way of viewing everyday experience and seeking to enable us to develop strategies for everything from raising a child to running a company.

About the Author

Malcolm Gladwell is a writer for the NEW YORKER. This is his first book.

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* Teaser ad campaign in the GUARDIAN (Guide), THE TIMES (Play) and INDEPENDENT (Information) plus London Underground escalator poster campaign * Ad/competition in CAMPAIGN * Review coverage in the national press * Author interviews (down the line) and online * Online activity linked to www.gladwell.com * Submitted for trade promotions * Reading copies available

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This book, which features the Law of the Few and people called Connectors and Mavens, sounds like pop psychology, but it's written by a New Yorker writer, so there's obviously more to it. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Hip and hopeful, THE TIPPING POINT is like the idea it describes: concise, elegant but packed with social power. A book for anyone who cares about how society works and how we can make it better George Stephanopoulos A wonderful page-turner about a fascinating idea that should affect the way every thinking person thinks about the world around him Michael Lewis, author of LIAR'S POKER Genuinely fascinating and frequently startling ... The kind of book from which you'll be regaling your friends with intriguing snippets for weeks to come SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY A wonderfully offbeat study of that little-understood phenomenon, the social epidemic DAILY TELEGRAPH

The premise of this facile piece of pop sociology has built-in appeal: little changes can have big effects; when small numbers of people start behaving differently, that behavior can ripple outward until a critical mass or "tipping point" is reached, changing the world. Gladwell's thesis that ideas, products, messages and behaviors "spread just like viruses do" remains a metaphor as he follows the growth of "word-of-mouth epidemics" triggered with the help of three pivotal types. These are Connectors, sociable personalities who bring people together; Mavens, who like to pass along knowledge; and Salesmen, adept at persuading the unenlightened. (Paul Revere, for example, was a Maven and a Connector). Gladwell's applications of his "tipping point" concept to current phenomena--such as the drop in violent crime in New York, the rebirth of Hush Puppies suede shoes as a suburban mall favorite, teenage suicide patterns and the efficiency of small work units--may arouse controversy. For example, many parents may be alarmed at his advice on drugs: since teenagers' experimentation with drugs, including cocaine, seldom leads to hardcore use, he contends, "We have to stop fighting this kind of experimentation. We have to accept it and even embrace it." While it offers a smorgasbord of intriguing snippets summarizing research on topics such as conversational patterns, infants' crib talk, judging other people's character, cheating habits in schoolchildren, memory sharing among families or couples, and the dehumanizing effects of prisons, this volume betrays its roots as a series of articles for the New Yorker, where Gladwell is a staff writer: his trendy material feels bloated and insubstantial in book form. Agent, Tina Bennett of Janklow & Nesbit. Major ad/promo. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

EAN: 9780349114460
ISBN: 0349114463
Publisher: Abacus
Dimensions: 17 x 11 x 1 centimetres (0.08 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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