Sunday, February 10, 2013



by Susan Cain

About the book (from the back cover):

At least on-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike the self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts -- Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak -- that we owe many of the great contributions to society. In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also introduces us to successful introverts - from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after he talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.

My take:

Being an introvert myself, I thought I would really enjoy this book. Upon reading it though, I found it to be too dry and "researchy." I am sure I will probably come back and reference this book at some point, but it was not my cup of tea for an afternoon read.

I did enjoy the references to introverts that contributed to our society. Too often, people over-value extroverts and overlook the introverts who have much to say if only people would listen to them.

I give this book a "3 1/2." I would recommend it for reference, but not for reading straight through.

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About the author:

Susan Cain's writing has appeared in the New York Times; the Dallas Morning News; O, The Oprah Magazine;; and, and her TED talk has been viewed more than three million times. She lives in the Hudson River Valley with her husband and two sons.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." 

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