A few thin slices of Malcolm Gladwell From Powells.com

The Tipping Point is the biography of an idea, and the idea is very simple,” Malcolm Gladwell assured readers early in his hugely successful debut. “The best way to understand the emergence of fashion trends, the ebb and flow of crime waves, or, for that matter, the transformation of unknown books into bestsellers, or the rise of teenage smoking, or the phenomena of word of mouth, or any number of the other mysterious changes that mark everyday life is to think of them as epidemics. Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread just like viruses do.