I just finished up Outliers: The Story of Success tonight…. Gladwell is a masterful story teller. You can not walk away from this book without thinking about the world differently. Rather than seeing success as a "lucky-break” or simply hard work, you realize the truly noteworthy success is a product of history and community, of opportunity and desire.
In the large, the book made me consider our social trends and what long term, multi-generational effects they are bound to have. In the small the book spurred many conversations between my wife on how to give our kids the best opportunities.