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The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

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The last book I was reviewed was Malcolm Gladwell’sOutliers, a book that I very much enjoyed. Out of curiosity I decided this month to read another book of his called The Tipping Point. The Tipping Pointfocuses on single things or people that have major impacts.

Whether it’s about fashion trends or disease epidemics, Gladwell does a good job once again in explaining these concepts to people who are unfamiliar with them. This book has a bit more of a focus on economics, but there is still plenty of interesting things about psychology/sociology.
For some reason, however, this book didn’t pull me in as much as Outliers did. I’m not sure why. Maybe because the premise of both books seem a bit similar at times (Admittedly, The Tipping Point was published first) or maybe because I was not as familiar with some of the examples he gave in this book. There were some segments I found to be very interesting, however. (Specifically when Gladwell talks about the Rule of 150 and how word of mouth works)
This book did end better than Outliers did, but overall I think Outliers is a better book. However, if you enjoyed Outliers, you will probably enjoy this one as well. 
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