- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (6 May 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141044802
- ISBN-13: 978-0141044804
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures Paperback – 6 May 2010
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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)
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In these breathtaking intellectual adventure stories, covering everything from criminology to ketchup, job interviews to dog training, Malcolm Gladwell looks under the surface of everyday life to show how the most ordinary subjects can illuminate the most extraordinary things about us and our world.
'Masterpieces in the art of the essay' Steven Pinker, The New York Times
'Beautiful ... brings together the writing that made Gladwell the extraordinary figure he is today ... one of the most imaginative non-fiction writers of his generation' Ian Sample, Guardian
'Chatty, perceptive, impish and amiable ... Comes exuberantly close to ... what goes on inside other people's heads' Philip Womack, Daily Telegraph
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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.
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.Read more ›
Once again, Gladwell cites examples to back-up his writing, examples of why the birth-control bill, has a monthly cycle of taking the drug and a period of time when the drug is not taken. It makes sense when Gladwell explains that one of the inventors of the birth-control pill, John Rock was a practicing Roman Catholic, going to mass every morning, and the Vatican believes there should be no artificial methods of birth-control. Rock stated that the birth-control pill used the natural chemicals of the female body to trick it to believe it was already pregnant, and thus not release an egg, but still produce the menstrual cycle, thus the church should accept the pill.
Gladwell, explains how Rock's ideas were based upon trying to please the Roman Catholic Church, which prefers the rhythm method of abstinence, and had no bearing in the working of the birth-control pill which could be taken continuously. Research says that females are better off not having their monthly periods, being that the increase in the natural chemicals, estrogen and progestin in the females body at the time of mensuration, can cause cancer.
Gladwell explains why making the tops of medicine bottles more difficult to remove in the interests of child safety, makes them more dangerous due to the complacency of the parents.
He explores how we make instant decisions when meeting people, who is right for the job and who is not, and much more.
In Gladwell's 19 essays, he helps to look at things in a different way. A good read.
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Good reading,I liked some chapters,but some of them were not of personal interest to mePublished 15 months ago by Paun Ionut
I've read this book twice now, and I'm sure we'll read it again in a few months time. Thought provoking, interesting & stimulating articles about fascinating topics. Read morePublished 18 months ago by L. Reid
This book is a collection of short stories published in the New Yorker and other publications. They are available for free on Malcolm Gladwell's website, which may explain why the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Wilmington
Great read! Malcom Gladwell has become one of my favorite authors.Published 22 months ago by Navy Veteran