[Outliers Reading Group]
The opening chapter of Outliers is "interesting and revealing," one of our participants noted.
Malcolm Gladwell opens his book with a narrative about this small town
Roseto, Pennsylvania, where residents seemed to have an unusual
predisposition for good health. During the 1950s, hardly anyone under
age sixty-five had heart disease in Roseto, even though heart attacks
“were an epidemic in the United States” and “the leading cause of death
in men under the age of sixty-five.”
According to Gladwell, the citizens of Roseto had “created a powerful,
protective social structure capable of insulating them from the
pressures of the modern world. The Rosetans were healthy because of
where they were from, because of the world they had created for
themselves in their tiny little town in the hills.”
What insight did you gain about the role of community in the development of outliers?