Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Book Reviews

#1: Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell

Stars: ***1/2

Very fascinating read about what makes one successful. While Gladwell's thesis is so sensible no one will argue with it (Success is made by a combination of things: family upbringing, when you were born, the era you were born into, how hard you work, and a bit of plain 'ole luck), his synthesis and display of the information is quite captivating.

#2 The Reader, by Bernhard Schlink

Stars: **

Morally dubious with no epistemological backbone. However, it is a page-turner and would be a great book for a long-haul flight. It may or may not provoke good thought.

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