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The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell (review by Kshithija M. ’17)

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big DifferenceThe Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Malcolm Gladwell’s first endeavor as an author, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, is an analysis on the concept of a tipping point: why mysterious changes in levels of success and our lives occur and what factors into these changes. Using examples such as statistics on sudden changes in crime rate and the spread of diseases, an exploration into how rumors diffuse through society, and the rise in sales of a shoe company, Gladwell discusses the factors that go into the tipping points of these changes such as the content of the tipping point, the “Law of the Few”, and the environment of these tipping points. Gladwell explains tipping points with easy-to-understand analysis and pages of research and supporting facts. Full of details and explanations, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference appeals to readers of all ages and interests and changes the way people understand social epidemics. -Kshithija M. ’17

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Angels and Demons by Dan Brown (review by Kshithija M. "17)

Angels and Demons (Robert Langdon, #1)Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The first of several books following the adventures of famous Harvard symbology professor Robert Langdon, Angels and Demons features a race against time as Langdon and his companions attempt to find a canister containing the explosive anti-matter before the Vatican City is destroyed. The book begins when an assassin sent by the Illuminati murders a CERN scientist researching anti-matter; the scientist’s daughter Vittoria Vetra accompanies Langdon as their investigation of the murder leads them to Vatican City. The plot thickens when anti-matter appears to have been placed at the Vatican by the Illuminati and several important cardinals are also missing. Angels & Demons leaves readers racing to keep up with the protagonists as they charge through the Vatican and questioning the truth as the plot twists and turns uncovering more details at every turn. This book is a perfect mix of a mystery and thriller, and both history buffs and action lovers will be left curious and excited for more of Robert Langdon’s adventures after reading this novel. – Kshithija M. ’17

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