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Sunday, July 25, 2010


Book discussion at the CPOA Community House, 10am.

Gladwell, Malcolm. Outliers: the story of success. (2008). New York: Little, Brown and Co.

Dewey Decimal number: 302 G

300 – Social sciences
302 Social interaction

The book is divided into two parts; in turn, each part is subdivided into chapters:

I. Opportunity

1. Matthew Effect
2. 10,000-hour rule
3. Trouble with geniuses, part 1
4. Trouble with geniuses, part 2
5. Three lessons of Joe Flom

II. Legacy

6. Harlan, Kentucky
7. Ethnic theory of plane crashes
8. Rice paddies and math tests
9. Marita's bargain

An Epilogue follows: a Jamaican story.

Several points of interest are raised; these are some of the hyperlinks that lead to some of these points:

Eli Wald. Legal Ethics and Legal Profession. Charles W. Delaney Jr. Associate Professor of Law. University of Denver. Gladwell cites Professor Wald's work in discussing Jewish law firms (in chapter 5). One of the professor's publications is The Rise and Fall of the WASP and Jewish Law Firms, 60 Stan. L. Rev. 1803 (2008). A companion paper by Professor Wald is: The Rise of the Jewish Law Firm or is the Jewish Law Firm Generic.

Reference is made to: Howe, Michael. Genius explained. (1999). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Harold C. Schoenberg is quoted as saying that "Mozart developed late."

Geert Hofstede's work on cultural dimensions is cited.

Concepts and programs:
TIMSS (http://nces.ed.gov/timss/) - Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study
KIPP - KIPP: Knowledge Is Power Program

Other books mentioned:

Auchincloss, Louis. (2003). The scarlet letters. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Caplan, Lincoln. (2003). Skadden: power, money, and the rise of a legal empire. New York : Farrar Straus Giroux.

Googling certain terms and scouring the daily media produced other results:

Perfection in the Horseshoe Pit: an article in the New York Times directly relevant to Gladwell's thesis of 10,000 hours of practice.

Malcom Gladwell's new book Outliers The Story of Success: a blog post at Plaintiff Trial Lawyer Tips.

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