Table of Contents
   Introduction
   The Roseto Mystery "These people were dying of old age. That's it."p. 3
   Opportunity
      The Matthew Effect "For unto everyone that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance. But from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath." - Matthew 25:29p. 15
      The 10,000-Hour Rule "In Hamburg, we had to play for eight hours."p. 35
      The Trouble with Geniuses, Part 1 "Knowledge of a boy's IQ is of little help if you are faced with a formful of clever boys."p. 69
      The Trouble with Geniuses, Part 2 "After protracted negotiations, it was agreed that Robert would be put on probation,"p. 91
      The Three Lessons of Joe Flom "Mary got a quarter."p. 116
   Legacy
      Harlan, Kentucky "Die like a man, like your brother did!"p. 161
      The Ethnic Theory of Plane Crashes "Captain, the weather radar has helped us a lot."p. 177
      Rice Paddies and Math Tests "No one who can rise before dawn three hundred sixty days a year fails to make his family rich."p. 224
      Marita's Bargain "All my friends now are from KIPP."p. 250
   Epilogue
   A Jamaican Story "If a progeny of young colored children is brought forth, these are emancipated."p. 270
   Notesp. 287
   Acknowledgmentsp. 297
   Indexp. 301
   Reading Group Guidep. 311