31 Days Of Great Nonfiction Reads {Day 26} The Tipping Point

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. Day 26 of 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Books / Great Nonfiction Reads by The Deliberate ReaderThe Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big DifferenceThe Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. Day 26 of 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Books / Great Nonfiction Reads by The Deliberate Reader by Malcolm Gladwell

I feel like this book is probably famous enough that I shouldn’t highlight it, but I have to. I found it so fascinating, and Gladwell’s other books so thought-provoking and memorable, that I feel like I’d be remiss to skip it just because most people have heard of it and read it if they were interested.

Even before reading the book, I’d wondered how some things became popular – how come it seemed like out of nowhere, suddenly everywhere I looked everyone was doing “x” or wearing “y.” What made some things blow up and become huge, while other ideas or products went nowhere.

Gladwell talks about this, with the key being the tipping point – the moment when something tips and becomes unstoppable.

I love the anecdotes, I love how memorable he makes the various categories of people who help make something “tip” (such as connectors – I’ve found myself noting people I know in real life who are great connectors.)

Heads-up, no, I do not love everything about the book – his ideas on teenage drug use I think are foolish, but that doesn’t keep me from still enjoying the book.

Another potential criticism is that the book feels at times more like a collection of vignettes instead of a cohesively organized book (perhaps Gladwell’s background in writing articles for the New Yorker plays a role in this structure). I actually enjoyed that; it made it easy to read the self-contained chapters and think about them before moving on to the next chunk of information.

Publisher’s Description:
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.

If you like The Tipping Point, I also really enjoyed Gladwell’s books Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking as well as Outliers: The Story of Success.

To see all the books featured in 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Reads, go to the series page.

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  1. Confession: I’m one of the few who had never heard of this book. So I’m glad you decided to share it!

    • Oh, you should try it. I’m super confident that your library will have it so you can easily see if you like it. And thank you for letting me know that it’s new-to-you. I really did hesitate to include it, thinking that it was so well-known that anyone who was interested in it would have already read it (or listed it to read later, if you know what I mean. Ha!)

  2. Agree! Great book! And I too enjoyed the self contained chapters. I’ve read Blink and What the Dog Saw, but not Outliers yet. (Actually I think Janet owns that one, I should just borrow it!) thanks for the reminder of this author… And another one I like to listen to as audiobooks. I think 2 of them I ‘read’ we’re audio.

    • If you’ve like his other books, you should definitely read Outliers, especially if you can easily borrow it! Such interesting stuff in his books.

  3. Just added it to my list!

  4. I’d never heard of this book either, but it’s going on my reading list. I’ve really been enjoying your 31 day series so far, and have found several titles to place on hold at my library; I just wanted to stop by and say thanks for providing such a wonderfully curated collection of good reads!


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