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3.0 out of 5 stars A thinner slice would have done, 23 Aug 2005
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This review is from: Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (Hardcover)
There is no doubt that Gladwell knows a good topic for a book when he sees one. The anecdotes in his lates oeuvre - trigger-happy policemen, food tasters, mind-readers - are all quite amusing and, at times, even captivating. But that's it: they are anecdotes. There is no attempt made to give a bit more of a scientific basis to Gladwells opinions (he keeps saying "There's a lesson to be learned here", but those lessons are entirely based on his "intuition"), and all too often does he repeat the punchlines ad nauseam which, frankly, gets a bit patronizing after about 50 pages. Worse still, there is not an awful lot of coherence between the different chapters, and as one reads on, it becomes quite obvious that Gladwell either ran out of material or else (but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt) he simply doesn't realize that the various phenomena he presents do not have all that much to do with one another.
All in all, I believe that a much thinner slice of the stories would have sufficed here, leaving room for a bit more "meat", i.e. scientific information (if there is any - I'm not an expert in this field). If you are going to buy the book, buy it because you will find the odd story amusing and / or thought-provoking - which, in itself, is already a good thing. But don't expect to find earth-shattering revelations in it. Still, three stars for the fact that I did actually read the book almost in one go - but mainly because I was hoping it would become more substantial towards the end. It didn't.
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