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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (6 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141044802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141044804
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, and author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What The Dog Saw and David and Goliath.


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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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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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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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By Robert Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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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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I've read Gladwell's other books and thoroughly enjoyed them. However this one is just a bit boring and dull.

It's full of stories that are just that - stories without an underlying meaning.

Each of the stories could be condensed into one or two pages rather than 20.

If you haven't read any of Gladwell's other books, please don't read this first because it will put you off reading his other fantastic books.
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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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