The Tipping Point
Malcolm Gladwell
Contributed by Sherie Debus
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Chapter 1

The book begins with a historical syphilis epidemic that saw large numbers of children being affected in the 1990s. In this chapter, Gladwell provi...

Chapter 2

The chapter begins with a story of a young boy in Boston in 1775 who overheard British officers conversing about a “hell tomorrow.” The boy is ...

Chapter 3

The chapter begins by talking about Sesame Street, a TV show produced by Joan Cooney to encourage reading among American children. The 1960’s sho...

Chapter 4

The chapter begins with a nasty encounter involving Bernhard Goetz and four black men whom he met in an underpass in New York. While in the subway,...

Chapter 5

This chapter features Rebecca Walls, author of a book entitled The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood in 1996. Upon its initial releas...

Chapter 6

This chapter begins with the story of Airwalk, a company that grew to be very popular in the 1990s. The company started selling shoes known as skat...

Chapter 7

In this chapter, Gladwell explores two big epidemics—suicide in the Islands of Micronesia and teenage smoking. The chapter begins with a story of...

Chapter 8

This closing chapter features the story of Georgia Sadler, a nurse based in San Diego. Sadler made it her responsibility to create awareness about ...

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