Bestselling author whose popular, social science-themed works include The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers. He also worked as a staff writer for The Washington Post and The New Yorker.
He graduated with a degree in history from the University of Toronto's Trinity College in 1984. His academic record was fairly poor, so he chose to forgo graduate school in favor of a career in advertising. However, after being rejected by numerous advertising agencies, he secured a journalistic job with The American Spectator.
His first four books all appeared on The New York Times Best Seller list.
His psychotherapist mother, Joyce Gladwell, was born in Jamaica. His father, Graham, was a British professor of mathematics.
He appeared on Stephen Colbert's humorous political show, The Colbert Report.