My third Malcolm Gladwell in a row (and last for now)! I enjoyed his latest What the Dog Saw, which is a collection of many of his published New Yorker articles, all in one book. The book discussed psychology, children, war, politics, dogs (of course), and many other subjects and sub-cultures. I liked how he was able to integrate himself into different communities, get a "flavor" for them and share that flavor with his readers succinctly, taking away broader lessons. There were some connections between this book and Outliers for sure, and it was nice to read them in succession to be able to catch those.
Overall, the book reveals a lot of non-intuitive results and poses some interesting questions. I felt after reading some of the stories that I wished they could be expanded on much more than he did, but on the flip side, it was nice to get a bit of subject matter variety in one work.
I recommend this book for people who want to understand dogs and geniuses, as I thought those two subjects were handled superbly.
Below are my notes and takeaways on each sub-article.
Pitchmen for kitchen appliances
Open secrets: Enron
Late bloomers: why we equate genius with precocity
Talent myth: is it overrated
The new boy network: what job interviews really tell us
Troublemakers: pit bulls teach us about crime
8/26/2013 05:12:20 pm
Thanks for this interesting book review. This is the first time I am hearing about Malcolm Gladwell and after reading this book review I felt like reading “What the Dog Saw”. I was really pleased that this book deals with psychology, children and many more. Please do tell how much this book cost.
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