Saturday, May 03, 2008

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

In this novel, Gladwell tries to explain what pushes things over the edge to adoption, addiction, and use. For example, when the shoes Hush Puppies made a come back, it was a trend started by a few people in night clubs in New York. Gladwell examines how a few people could create a country-wide trend. He also looks at tipping points for Sesame Street, Blue's Clues, smoking, amongst a variety of other things.

While some of the points that Gladwell brought up were interesting, the book drags on a bit too much, specifically in the introduction chapter. Weirdly enough, I found Gladwell's afterward to be the most interesting chapter. Perhaps because it's the most relevant chapter as Gladwell goes over what he has learned about this book after having written it.

Given the choice between this book and Blink, Gladwell's other book, I would choose Blink.

First Line: "For Hush Puppies - the classic American brushed-suede shoes with the lightweight crepe sole - the Tipping Point came somewhere between late 1994 and early 1995."



1 comment:

Jeane said...

Well I think I need to read Blink, then because I liked Tipping Point pretty well.