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Publisher Description

The book that started the Quiet Revolution

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the great contributions to society. 

In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also introduces us to successful introverts—from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.

Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader’s guide and bonus content

Health, Mind & Body
January 29
Penguin Random House Canada

Customer Reviews

Marshman ,

30 Years Too Late

Fantastic book. Any introvert who reads this will probably feel the same way I did; where was all this understanding years ago?

It should be mandatory reading and testing in every high school in North America, particularly for the teachers, who in my opinion are in most need of respecting "our kind"

Well done and thanks.

Rlau19 ,


As an introvert in a world that can't stop talking, is refreshing to see this topic gain some traction. It has taken many years, but I think I'm finally able to embrace the strengths of an introvert, finding restorative niches and passion in areas that call for extroversion. It should be read by introverts and extroverta alike so that people can be ok with so called quiet people.

Rosi123456789 ,


Tout à fait fascinant! Rempli de vérités ....Livre qui porte à la réflexion et au dépassement de soi.