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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Best-selling writer Malcolm Gladwell by the numbers

Happy holidays, Malcolm Gladwell fans. Little, Brown is releasing Malcolm Gladwell: Collected: The Definitive Editions, a boxed set of his game-changing best sellers The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers. To mark the occasion, a look at the author by the numbers.

By Brooke Williams

489: Total number of weeks Gladwell's four books, including What the Dog Saw, have spent on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list.

6: Top rank reached on list (Blink on Jan. 27, 2005).

$80: Price of the new boxed set.

48: Gladwell's age.

3: Countries Gladwell has lived in. He was born in England to a British mathematician and Jamaican psychotherapist. They later moved to Canada. Today Gladwell lives in New York City.

10,000: In Outliers: The number of hours needed to gain mastery of something. For example, the time The Beatles spent playing in Hamburg, Germany. Gladwell's 10,000 hours: a decade spent at The Washington Post.

1996: Year Gladwell joined The New Yorker.

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