Malcolm Gladwell was born in England to a Jamaican psychotherapist and a British Mathematician, giving him a very diverse cultural and intellectual background. After a failed attempt of going into advertising, Gladwell landed a journalism position at The American Spectator. In 1987 Gladwell began to cover science and business at The Washington Post until 1996. In 1996 Gladwell began writing for the New Yorker; his first two articles "The Tipping Point" and "The Coolhunt" were very popular and served as a basis for The Tipping Point.
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Besides The Tipping Point, Gladwell has written 3 other books: Blink: the Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Outliers: The Story of Success, and What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures. Gladwell's books have been immensely popular. Outliers was named a #1 New York Times Bestseller for 11 consecutive weeks and was named Time Magazine's 10th best nonfiction book of 2008. Blink was an international bestseller and sold of 2 million copies. Some opposing critics claim that the fact that Gladwell is a journalist rather than an academic reflects in his work and that he tends to overuse anecdotal evidence as opposed to research to support his conclusions.

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