||Cultural critic Malcolm Gladwell applies his best trend watching insights and peripatetic methodology to the big question of why some people achieve success and others do not. These Outliers, as he calls them--successful people who stand out from the rest of the crowd--may be business people, artists, athletes, entertainers, scientists, or work in other fields. In a variation of the nature versus nurture debates, Gladwell seeks answers in culture, environment, and upbringing. Without seeking simple formulas, he examines a range of artifacts--IQ tests, for example, and birth-date data--as he digs for answers in a book that draws on psychology, business, and sociology, and which explains difficult concepts in an accessible manner. THE OUTLIERS confirms that Malcolm Gladwell, here a public intellectual, is himself an Outlier. ||||.