The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

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Gladwell defines a tipping point as a sociological term: "the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point." The book seeks to explain and describe the "mysterious" sociological changes that mark everyday life. As Gladwell states, "Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread like viruses do." The examples of such changes in his book include the rise in popularity and sales of Hush Puppies shoes in the mid-1990s and the precipitous drop in the New York City crime rate after 1990.

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The 208th greatest nonfiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 6th on The 100 Best Books of the Decade(2000) (Times)
  2. - 19th on Paste Magazine's Best Books of the Decade(2000-2009) (Paste Magazine)
  3. - 79th on The New Classics - 100 Best Reads from 1983 to 2008 (Entertainment Weekly)
  4. - 48 Good Books (University of Buffalo)
  5. - The Best Books of the 2000s (The Onion AV Club)
  6. - 110 Best Books: The Perfect Library (The Telegraph)
  7. - Books of the Decade (The Guardian)

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