Book Review: Quiet

With all the trouble I’ve been having getting traction in a saturated book market, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain was very appealing on the shelf.

Basic Summary (Courtesy of Amazon):

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike 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 his 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 Thoughts:

So much of this book read like a pep talk: Introverts – you are ok! Gee, thanks. I knew that already. What I wanted was to hear about my supposed power and how to use it. Cain took quite some time meandering through really intriguing and interesting research. If you like to geek out about how people think and why they act the way they do, there is much to enjoy in this book. But I’m not sure I walked away with much new information on how to leverage my introversion to get people to read my books. LOL. But I had a good time reading it and that alone is worth the effort.


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