Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Susan Cain
The book that started the Quiet RevolutionAt 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.Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader’s guide and bonus content


Reviewed: 2020-11-14
Reviewed: 2017-05-28
DNF 7/27/16
Reviewed: 2016-02-01

In this book, the author - an introvert herself - explains just what being an introvert means. Among other topics, she writes about how introverts are misunderstood, how they offer the world something equally as wonderful as extroverts do, and how to cope with the more difficult aspects of being introverted. 

I've always considered myself an introvert, which actually surprised my mother (also an introvert) a number of years back. I bought this book on a whim - I forget exactly why - as I was living abroad. I devoured it and passed it on to my mother. I didn't even wait until I got home. I mailed it to her.

The only word I can describe this book with is empowering, and the only phrase I could use isSpot on! I believe she has also done a TED Talk about the subject, and now there is even a website, Quiet Revolution, based around this book and dedicated to introverts. I highly recommend it and, of course, the book!

[Originally posted on Unabridged Forum]

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