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Malcolm Gladwell
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6 May 2010

In What the Dog Saw Malcolm Gladwell covers everything from criminology to spaghetti sauce to show how the most ordinary subjects can illuminate the most extraordinary things about ourselves and our world.

Looking under the surface of the seemingly mundane, he explores the underdogs, the overlooked, the curious, the miraculous and the disastrous, and reveals how everyone and everything contains an incredible story. What the Dog Saw is Gladwell at his very best - asking questions and finding surprising answers.

'A global phenomenon... there is, it seems, no subject over which he cannot scatter some magic dust'

'Gladwell makes the world seem fresh and exciting again'
  Evening Standard

'Comes exuberantly close to ... what goes on inside other people's heads'
  Daily Telegraph

'A dizzying array ... his writing talks to all of us'

'Consistently absorbing ... captivating'

'Gladwell's storytelling qualities and his eye for the human drama ... make this so compelling'
  Sunday Times

Author, journalist, cultural commentator and intellectual adventurer, Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine. His first book The Tipping Point captured the world's attention with its theory that a curiously small change can have unforeseen effects. His other international bestselling books are Outliers, which looks at the stories of exceptional individuals and reveals the secrets of their success, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking and What The Dog Saw, a collection of his most provocative and entertaining New Yorker pieces.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (6 May 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0141044802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141044804
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer with The New Yorker magazine since 1996. In 2005 he was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. He is the author of The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference (2000), Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005) and most recently, Outliers (2008) all three of which were number one New York Times bestsellers.

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Gladwell's range is impressive and his writing never less than engaging (FT)

The pieces form a dazzling record of Gladwell's art (Guardian)

Make your social commentary sparkle with Malcolm Gladwell's latest (Sunday Times)

He's able to examine what look like the most mundane aspects of our daily lives and to reveal the cleverness - and the strangeness - within (Sunday Telegraph)

Vibrant, colourful and packed with surprises (Guardian)

Gladwell soars high (Spectator)

About the Author

Author, journalist, cultural commentator and intellectual adventurer, Malcolm Gladwell was born in 1963 in England to a Jamaican mother and an English mathematician father. He grew up in Canada and graduated with a degree in history from the University of Toronto in 1984. From 1987 to 1996, he was a reporter for the Washington Post, first as a science writer and then as New York City bureau chief. Since 1996, he has been a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine. His curiosity and breadth of interests are shown in New Yorker articles ranging over a wide array of subjects including early childhood development and the flu, not to mention hair dye, shopping and what it takes to be cool. His first book The Tipping Point captured the world's attention with its theory that a curiously small change can have unforeseen effects, and the phrase has become part of our language, used by writers, politicians and business people everywhere to describe cultural trends and strange phenomena. His other international bestselling books are Blink, which explores how a snap judgement can be far more effective than a cautious decision, and Outliers, which looks at the stories of exceptional individuals and reveals the secrets of their success.

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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What the Gladwell fan saw 28 Nov 2009
By Rbby
I have followed Malcolm Gladwell for a long time, and look forward to reading his work. He is thoughtful, lateral, creative. He writes simply and conveys difficult concepts simply. Gladwell has become an important writer. And for me Outliers has been one of my most important reads of the last few years.

All the same, with What the dog saw, Malcolm could do better. Most of the articles I had previously read through the magazine that he writes for and I subscribe to. This could've been stated on the dust-sheet but wasn't. The book was great, Gladwell wrote it. But... I had read it before in New Yorker-size installments.

I'm now conflicted. I don't tire easily of reading the works of Malclom Gladwell. Repackaging old New Yorker copy to compile What the dog saw, and not making this clear to readers is unfair.

Gladwell and his publishers should be careful not to alienate their long-term loyalists.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
If you're expecting a bundle of short essays in the style of 'blink' or 'the tipping point', you're going to be dissapointed. This book lacks the wit and wonder of Gladwell's best work. Instead, what you get is a series of only mildly entertaining stories about the life and work of a range of characters from all works of life.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Take care!! 1 May 2010
By Kindle Customer VINE VOICE
I am a huge fan of Malcolm Gladwell, and have read all his books. However, take care, if you are a fan of Malcolm Gladwell, you will be disappointed in this book as most of the ideas have been re-written and expanded in his other books, and there will be very little that is new to you. If you are new to Malcolm Gladwell, this jumbled collection of short pieces is probably not the best place to start being blown away by his ideas and writing. This book is a pulling together of his articles, but as I said, all his good ideas have been expanded upon in his other books. I feel this book is a lazy money making exercise by Malcolm's publishers.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed loyal reader 11 Nov 2009
Quite clear this book was strategically released right after Outliers, from the same author. Outliers is a brilliant book and the editors clearly wanted to get ride on the good momentum that book created for the author. Unfortunately I feel in the trap. I read everything Malcolm releases but this book is not like his previous books (Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers). This is a collection of his publications in The New Yorker but they are no near as interesting or insightful as the stories from his previous books. Some of them as simply boring and you end up asking yourself what is the point of the last pages you've just read. Buy everything else Malcolm writes, just don't buy this book... Editors and Author simply got greedy for money.
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53 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Malcolm learned.... 13 Nov 2009
By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER
One man's opinion, Malcolm Gladwell is at his best when writing essays for magazines (notably The New Yorker) or when writing Outliers: The Story of Success, his most recently published book. (I do not share others' enthusiasm for his earlier books, The Tipping Point and Blink.) In it, he provides a rigorous and comprehensive examination of the breakthrough research conducted by Anders Ericsson and his associates at Florida State. One of the major research projects focuses on individuals who have "attained their superior performance by instruction and extended practice: highly skilled performers in the arts, such as music, painting and writing, sports, such as swimming, running and golf and games, such as bridge and chess." Geoff Colvin (in Talent Is Overrated) and Daniel Coyle (in The Talent Code) also discuss the same research.

In this volume, we have 19 of Gladwell's essays, all of which originally appeared in The New Yorker. They are organized within three Parts: Obsessives, Pioneers, and Other Varieties of Minor Genius (e.g. "The Pitchman: Ron Popeil and the Conquest of the American Kitchen"); Theories, Predictions, and Diagnoses (e.g. "Million-Dollar Murray: Why Problems Like Homelessness May Be Easier to Solve Than Manage"); and Personality, Character, and Intelligence (e.g. "Dangerous Minds: Criminal Profiling Made Easy"). In the Preface, Gladwell observes, "Curiosity about the inner life of other people's day-to-day work is one of the most funfamental of human impulses, and that same impulse is what led to the writing you now hold in your hands.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Dadjoe
I'm writing this as someone who had heard about Gladwell (who hasn't) but had not read anything of his until I picked this up in an airport bookshop just before a five hour flight. I thought it might be a way to pass the time, and it was much more than that.

(I felt it necessary to declare my ground immediately, given the number of Gladwell readers who seemed to be disappointed with this volume.)

This is indeed a collection of essays, and they may well be the embryos or the reworkings of other writing, but as a standalone collection, they have a recognisable theme which seems to me typical Gladwell, namely looking at old issues with fresh eyes. He is consistently interesting, he writes clearly and with insight and a genuine interest in the human beings in his stories - even the title story is really about the adults rather than the dog.

In short, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed things like the Undercover Economist, and to anyone who has no interest at all in reading Malcolm Gladwell. Just pretend he's someone else - you'll be very glad you did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A collection of articles, but still very engaging
This isn't as coherent as his other books because it is a collection of articles, but nevertheless, it is interesting in the way only Gladwell can be. Read more
Published 3 months ago by GeordieReader
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Different outlook on so man topics. You can read a story at a time and you won't believe how much there is to know about ketchup !
Published 7 months ago by moustique
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading
Anyone curious about their world and modern society needs to read all of Mr Gladwell's books. His interpretation of data which already exists and how it highlights the way we live... Read more
Published 8 months ago by S Winspur
3.0 out of 5 stars miscellaneous essays - some very interesting
A selection of Gladwell's journalism, this is inevitably a bit hit and miss. The books simply does not have the sustained focus of his explorations of particular issues and themes... Read more
Published 14 months ago by William Jordan
4.0 out of 5 stars Big fan of Malcolm Gladwell
Very nice book.Read all his prior books and can't wait for his next book in 2013. Typing more to meet word requirement
Published 20 months ago by martinjtlive
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous mind and a fabulous researcher.
This book educated me about things that I had never even considered before. It's a magnificent read. I highly recommend it.
Published 21 months ago by Spike
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
Malcolm Gladwell is the king of relaying anecdotal stories and tying them into broader stroke realities - his books are a treat.
Published 22 months ago by D. A. Duncan
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I've read Gladwell's other books and thoroughly enjoyed them. However this one is just a bit boring and dull. Read more
Published on 14 Sep 2012 by B. A. Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it now.
I picked up this book just out of curiosity, it is fascinating. This book will give you an insight into the most random topics that you would never think to stop and consider. Read more
Published on 13 April 2012 by Ch94
4.0 out of 5 stars What the Dog Did Not See
The title and dustcover illustration are eye-catching but do not seem particularly apt for a collection of articles or essays on diverse subjects but which have in common a... Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2011 by J. Nichols
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