Quiet by Susan Cain – Book Review

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Published by Broadway, an imprint of Random House

America is the land of the extroverts, or so our national mythology goes. In truth, some 1/3 of Americans are introverts, and the number is even higher in other countries. In Quiet, Susan Cain addresses both the problem of how introverts can succeed in a world that values extroversion, and the ways that introverted leadership benefits companies, as well as the issue of introverted students in schools that value participation and group work.

Quiet is an absolutely fascinating book. Cain quite ably makes the case for the value of introverted leadership, and the problems that come from shutting it out (such as some of the behaviors that led to the most recent economic crash). Perhaps what is most valuable is the explanation of how we got to this place. The American population is already more extroverted than many (perhaps due to immigration patterns), but we have not always been as enamored as the extrovert ideal as we are now.

This is a well-reasoned and informative book. If you aren’t an introvert yourself, you likely have one in your close family or one close to you at work, and Quiet can help you understand the way that (or those) introvert(s) can contribute. Highly recommended.

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7 comments to Quiet by Susan Cain – Book Review

  • This book keep calling to me. I am not an introvert, but I think I may have given birth to one. Thank you for the review today!

  • This one has been on my to-read list for a while. I’m an introvert, but since I’m not shy, I didn’t realize it for a long time. Great review!

  • I REALLY want to read this book – this is definitely going to be my next nonfiction read! Great review!

  • Ali

    I’m in the middle of reading this right now and really enjoying it. I knew I was an introvert, but it was fun to give the quiz to my husband and one son and find out that I may be the least introverted person in my family! I still want to test my oldest son. (And finish the book).

  • I’m not an introvert nor is anyone in our house :/ I wouldn’t even know where to begin 😉 Sounds like a very informative book though!!

  • I’m not an introvert, but I love learning about human psychology so this one is on my list of books to read.

  • I won’t lie – I skimmed the review because I’m reading it right now and didn’t want to be tainted if you hated it. But, I’m glad you liked it (or I think you did) and I’ll be back when I’m done reading!