Malcolm Gladwell

Author of Six New York Times Bestsellers Including "The Tipping Point," "Outliers," and "Blink"
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Malcolm Gladwell is the author of six New York Times bestsellers — The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, David and Goliath, and Talking to Strangers. He has been named one of the 100 most influential people by TIME magazine and one of the Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers.

His book, The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War, was inspired by the four-part series about General Curtis LeMay on his podcast "Revisionist History". In it, Gladwell weaves together the stories of a Dutch genius and his homemade computer, a band of brothers in central Alabama, a British psychopath, and pyromaniacal chemists at Harvard to examine one of the greatest moral challenges in modern American history.

Gladwell’s newest book is actually an audiobook titled Miracle and Wonder: Conversations with Paul Simon. Published by Pushkin Industries, Malcolm and co-author, Bruce Headlam, recorded over 30 hours of conversation with Simon. The result is an intimate audio biography of one of America’s most popular songwriters. Brimming with music and conversation, Miracle and Wonder is a window into Simon’s legendary career, what it means to be alive as an artist, and how to create work that endures.

He has explored how ideas spread in the Tipping Point, decision making in Blink, and the roots of success in Outliers. With his latest book, David and Goliath, he examines our understanding of the advantages of disadvantages, arguing that we have underestimated the value of adversity and over-estimated the value of privilege.

Malcolm is the host of the popular podcast, Revisionist History, now comprising seven seasons. In the weekly podcast, Malcolm re-examines an overlooked or misunderstood aspect of past events.

He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. He has won a national magazine award and been honored by the American Psychological Society and the American Sociological Society. He was previously a reporter for The Washington Post.

Malcolm is an extraordinary speaker: always on target, aware of the context and the concerns of the audience, informative and practical, poised, eloquent and warm and funny. He has an unsurpassed ability to be both entertaining and challenging.


  • Staff writer for The New Yorker
  • Host, Revisionist History podcast
  • Author, The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, David and Goliath, and Talking to Strangers
  • Member of the Order of Canada
  • Honorary doctorate of letters, University of Toronto
  • Former science and medicine writer for The Washington Post
  • Winner, National Magazine Award


Next Generation Leadership

The COVID pandemic has given businesses a chance to rethink the way they collaborate and work. Gladwell talks about what he thinks of as the two most important elements of this golden opportunity. First, that teamwork can be realigned according to the very different expectations of the youngest members of the workforce — the digital generation. And second, that teams can be reimagined as "weak link" systems, as opposed to the traditional model of teams as dependent on their strongest link.

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The strange tale of the Norden bombsight | TED
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The Innovator’s Heart: The Social Context of Entrepreneurship | Michigan Ross
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The Big Idea Extra | Fox 5 New NY
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Keynote | Regeneron Science Talent Search
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Introducing Gladwell's "Revisionist History" Podcast | Trailer
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David and Goliath | Talks at Google
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Malcolm Gladwell to be Honored with 2024 Audio Vanguard Award
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Was Jack Welch the Greatest C.E.O. of His Day - or the Worst?
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Malcolm Gladwell on breaking the rules of healthcare
Fixing Healthcare
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Paul Simon Tells the Stories Behind His Songs
The Wall Street Journal



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