We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I've never read any of his books. I've read plenty of synopses of them. I've also heard people talk about what they've 'learned' from them (usually nothing of value).
My particular favorite was the boss, who in 2006 showed up at work after reading "The Tipping Point", discussing how a single influencer can alter the direction of sales for any product. You just need to find the right influencer, blah, blah, blah.
I reminded him that the 'influencers' that Gladwell focused on seemed to be 'influencing' at a point of time which could be designated 'critical mass'. In other words, it's not so much that these people were influencers, but rather they were involved in a trend which had been growing very rapidly and they happened to luckily be at the point of the spear when it shifted into overload.
When dripping grains of sand to form a pile, eventually you'll not only have a pile, but you'll create a landslide. Which grain of sand caused the landslide, the one you dropped that triggered it, or the many millions beforehand which built the pile and created the environment which fostered the landslide?
As humans, we need to simplify things, and oversimplify them at times. There is nothing wrong with that. But there is a point at which it is too simple. The old saying "things should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler" is pretty applicable to much of what I've heard about Gladwell's work. Apparently, his father agrees.
As I said, I've never read his stuff. I might someday. But for now, what I've heard from people is not impressive or interesting.