Saturday, October 02, 2010

A book review of The Tipping Point - by one of my daughters

I'm cleaning up some old email and came across a book review my oldest daughter did of The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. This was part of our summer reading program.

Here is the review:

The book The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell is about at which point a force becomes unstoppable. There are three rules dictating this: The Law of the Few, The Stickiness Factor, and The Power of Context.

The Law of the Few is about the types of people that can start these epidemics, Gladwell’s word for this unstoppable force. The first type of person is called a Connecters. Connecters are the type of person that link everybody together. The next type is labeled Maven. Maven are information specialists and they enjoy helping others with this information. The last type of person is called Salesmen. They are what ‘sells’ the epidemics.

The Stickiness Factor is whatever happens to make the epidemic-to-be so memorable. One example, Sesame Street, the monsters were what the children paid extra close attention to.

The Power of Context tells of how people environment affects their behavior. The main example in the book is of New York. When the police force adopted a zero tolerance attitude to minor crimes the drop off of major crimes was considerable.

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell is a very interesting book about epidemics.


Here are some of my thoughts about the book.

If you haven't read it, give it a try. I think it is very worthwhile.


Josh Turansky said...

The Tipping Point is an excellent book and it is awesome that you had your daughter read it for her homeschooling. I wish I would have had books like this when I was homeschooled.

Henry Cate said...

It is a great book. I think it really helps improve a world view. Another one I like is "The Wisdom of Crowds."