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- Full Title: The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
- When Written: Originally a New Yorker article from 1996; expanded into a novel from 1997 to 2000
- Where Written: New York City and Toronto
- When Published: Fall 2000
- Literary Period: “Pop sociology”
- Genre: Sociology, psychology, non-fiction
- Point of View: Third person, with frequent first-person asides.
Extra Credit for The Tipping Point
Polarizing figure. Malcolm Gladwell has published five bestselling books, and he’s become something of a “guru” for marketers, businessmen, and publicists. But there are some who’ve criticized Gladwell of “selling out”—using his reputation as a “hip” nonfiction author to repeat the same simplistic points and charge astronomically high speaking fees for doing so. Some figures, such as the Harvard professor Steven Pinker, have even argued that Gladwell has nothing original to say, and that his only talent is for oversimplifying other people’s ideas. On the other hand, Gladwell has also been dubbed the world’s “number-one public intellectual,” and continues to impress professors and students at universities all over the world. You can’t please everybody.