What the Dog Saw

What the Dog Saw

And Other Adventures

eBook - 2009
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What is the difference between choking and panicking? Why are there dozens of varieties of mustard-but only one variety of ketchup? What do football players teach us about how to hire teachers? What does hair dye tell us about the history of the 20th century? In the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has written three books that have radically changed how we understand our world and ourselves: -- What the Dog Saw is yet another example of the buoyant spirit and unflagging curiosity that have made Malcolm Gladwell our most brilliant investigator of the hidden extraordinary.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Little, Brown and Company, 2009.
ISBN: 9780316164269
Characteristics: 1 online resource
432 p.
Additional Contributors: Cloud

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Oct 27, 2020

Interesting and thought provoking articles.

Dec 02, 2018

This diverse collection of unrelated essays captures the best of Galdwell's past writing from the pages of old *The New Yorker* magazines. The only essay that I disliked was the first one about Ron Popeil, the king of the American Kitchen, and lover of rotisserie ovens.

JCLJoyceM Apr 06, 2016

Gladwell explores diverse topics, so there is likely to be something of interest to most people, and other items you'll want to skip. I was fascinated by his interviews with Ron Popeil and Cesar Millan and why they are outstanding in their respective fields. The safety discussion was interesting: safety features often lead to less real safety due to humans' propensity to take risks. But I'm not so interested in sports analyses and why college football standouts don't translate to NFL heroes.

May 07, 2015

Because I was mesmerized by Gladwell's recent David & Goliath, I had to read What the Dog Saw. Although WTDS was somewhat interesting and thought provoking, especially the history of "the pill", it was not as engrossing as D & G. Trying to keep in mind that WTDS was Gladwell's earlier work by a decade, I tried not to be too disappointed. Hearing Gladwell read the book is easy due to his calm and soothing voice.

May 04, 2015

This collection of New Yorker articles from Malcolm Gladwell is perhaps the least noteworthy of all his books, and yet it's another brilliant win from one of my favorite authors. I burned right through it. With Gladwell, I rarely preview what topic he's written about. I'm happy to sit back and follow his lead.

My favorite essays were The Pitchman, The Ketchup Conundrum, Blowing Up, John Rock's Error, Open Secrets, Million-Dollar Murray, The Art of Failure, Blowup and Late Bloomers.

Mar 11, 2011

I am a huge Gladwell fan. His is a great storyteller, provocative but not didactic. This is a collection of stories. I must admit I found the Outlier more interesting, but that’s a personal preference and not a comment on his style.

Nov 22, 2010

Could not get through this book at all. The essays seemed to drag on too much. Guess I am not a Gladwell fan, as much as I would like to be.

Jun 08, 2010

The first Gladwell book I did not read in toto. Meanders far too much and bogged down in superfluous detail.There's something to be said for effective editing-can Coles Notes be far off?

Mar 18, 2010

This is a collection of some of Malcolm Gladwell's essays from "The New Yorker" magazine over the past 15 years or so. He breaks the essays down into three broad categories: influential people you may not have heard of, how hard it is to predict the future, and how we evaluate people in various situations. As always, Gladwell has a witty and elegant style that is easy to read. He finds the obscure connections between ideas that you never knew were connected. The essays tend to show that our world is much more complicated than we realize and the causes of many effects, particularly in economics, politics, and culture, aren't nearly as obvious as we think.

Feb 24, 2010

Great book! Interesting ideas, but the last few chapters felt like they were added on for the purpose of increasing the word count.

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