Mon 12 March 2012 by Thejaswi Puthraya

When you pick a book written by a bestselling author, featured twice on the New York Times bestseller list, your expectations are high.

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell is a big letdown. The book is a study of success and relies on case studies to prove that hard work alone cannot guarantee success.

In the first chapter, the author states that age, time of birth may have a bearing in success (not astrology but through half baked statistics and psychology) and illustrates this through the Canadian ice hockey team. He studies other parameters and quotes examples while dissecting the story of success in the rest of the book.

I found the book largely disagreeable and wished I picked up something else.