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All You Need Is Kill
Hiroshi Sakurazaka
The Two Towers
J.R.R. Tolkien
The Society of the Spectacle
Guy Debord, Donald Nicholson-Smith
Les Misérables
Victor Hugo, Norman MacAfee, Lee Fahnestock
Outliers: The Story of Success - Malcolm Gladwell Very interesting book about the hidden patterns which determine how extremely successful people ("outliers") get to where they are. It seems like many discussions of this book seem to point to the 10 000 hours theory as a major point, but that was the least interesting part to me. Gladwell argues that success comes from a fortunate combination of a number of factors out of our control-- perfect birth dates, being at the right place at just the right time, being among particular socio-economic classes, etc. He shows that it isn't only because successful people have worked hard that they are so successful, it's because they happen to live in certain conditions which gave them the perfect opportunities to lead them toward their sucess. Gladwell is an excellent writer with a knack for storytelling-- not in the sense that he's making up things but he knows how to take a true story with real facts and tell it in a way that is exciting and engrossing.