Outliers, a work of nonfiction published in 2008, is the third book by famed Canadian journalist Malcolm Gladwell. In Outliers, Gladwell delves into what it means to be successful and examines how successful people reach their pinnacle. He makes the case that talent and hard work are not enough—true outliers also need family, culture, community, and some good luck to make it to the top.


Read our full plot summary and analysis of Outliers, chapter-by-chapter break-downs, and more.  


See a complete list of the characters in Outliers and in-depth analyses of Bill Joy, Christopher Langan, Joe Flom, and more.

Literary Devices

Here's where you'll find analysis of the literary devices in Outliers, from the major themes to motifs, symbols, and more.


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