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Publisher Description

Discover Malcolm Gladwell's breakthrough debut and explore the science behind viral trends in business, marketing, and human behavior.

The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas.

Health, Mind & Body
November 1
Little, Brown and Company
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

McIntire ,

not terribly scientific

I strongly recommend this read. Nevertheless, the author's style has a patina of trite, American suburbia. Like many news reporters, he makes unsupported deductions, conclusions which could just as easily be the opposite of what he claims. His reasoning is often ludicrously unscientific. He does, however connect some interesting facts which most, including me, wouldn't normally connect. He has a refreshing way of viewing seemingly banal situations to give rare insight.

TheKubar ,

great book!

Gladwell’s The Tipping Point is a book that explains and discovers why certain products become popular or problems turn into epidemics. I listened to this book as an audiobook while at work. Gladwell narrated this book himself, the audio book only being 8 hours long it was easy to follow while doing other tasks at work. The way Gladwell researches and explains his theories really had me very interested throughout the book making it east to listen to in a few days. One of Gladwell’s examples explains how Hush Puppies went from almost going out of business, only being sold in smaller mom and popshops to being an overnight sensation. If you have ever wondered why a product or event “tips” in or out of popularity I would recommend this book, Gladwell covers three different ideas on how things tip. Gladwell chooses situations like, Paul Reveres midnight ride, how NYC cleaned up the streets, and Sesame Street vs. Blues Clues. If you ever wanted an easy dose of sociology this is a great book.

Npao15 ,


Book truly is eye opening. Worth reading if your interested in anything human psychology to marketing.

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