What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures

What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures

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Over the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has become the most gifted and influential journalist in America. In The New Yorker, his writings are such must-reads that the magazine charges advertisers significantly more money for ads that run within his articles. With his #1 bestsellers, The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers, he has reached millions of readers. And now the very best and most famous of his New Yorker pieces are collected in a brilliant and provocative anthology.
Publisher: [North Kingstown] : BBC Audiobooks America, 2009
ISBN: 9781607880196

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vookad Aug 31, 2010

I enjoyed this more than his other work that I have read, "The Tipping Point" which I thought belaboured his mains points. The article seems to be right length for Gladwell and I found this work an enjoyable read and informative.

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Feb 16, 2020

Gladwell always has the ability to cause me to look at the world around me with a different perspective that I might otherwise have seen. Enron was particularly interesting as it was not a viewpoint I had read or otherwise seen on the news. The bit on Cesar Millan will make me watch political debates with a different eye. In an area that I'm very familiar with (food product development) he is spot on-which makes his other observations more believable to me. Now if we can just get the interviewing process right (more questions than answers still)!!

Jun 03, 2019

" During the first months of 1942, the U.S. Navy suffered a catastrophe. German U-boats, operating just off the Atlantic Coast and in the Caribbean, were sinking our merchant ships almost at will. U-boat captains marvelled at their good fortune. 'Before this sea of light, against this footlight glare of a carefree new world were passing the silhouettes of ships recognizable in every detail and sharp as the outlines in sales catalogs,' one commander wrote. 'All we had to do was press the button.'/ What made this such a puzzle is that, on the other side of the Atlantic, the British had much less trouble defending their ships against U-boat attacks. The British, furthermore, eagerly passed on to the Americans everything they knew about sonar and depth-charge throwers and the construction of destroyers. And still the Germans managed to paralyze America's coastal zones." " On a list of two hundred and forty cities in the United States with a population of a hundred thousand or more, New York City ranks two hundred-and-twenty-second in crime, down near the bottom with Fontana, California, and Port St. Lucie, Florida. In the 1990s, the crime decrease was attributed to big obvious changes in city life and government--the decline of the drug trade, the gentrification of Brooklyn, the successful implementation of BROKEN WINDOWS POLICING. But all those big changes happened a decade ago. Why is crime still falling?/"

From Cesar Millan to Enron, I was totally engaged. Malcolm Gladwell’s collection of great New Yorker essays distill a range of murky and intricate subjects with clear and simple writing. Absolutely recommended reading or listening. (submitted by TH)

May 24, 2017

This collection of previously published essays was the perfect tonic to keep my mind engaged while my body was busy cooking. I love the way Gladwell weaves different threads from a wide range of disciplines to illustrate his point.

Feb 14, 2017

I have enjoyed his books but do not find this interesting enough to hold my attention. I did not finish the book.

redban Aug 07, 2015

I've always found Gladwell's writing to be enjoyable to read, but I have to question his journalistic content.

Gladwell's content often resembles pop sociology/science at its worst, which is to say he takes complex events and forces out a simple, catchy explanation. He is at his worst when he talks about large-scale financial success stories (like in Outliers) given that he ignores how "business" is done on the larger scales (lobbying, predatory behaviors, Wall Street manipulations, etc.).

Thankfully for Gladwell, he does not focus on Economics, so he is not as bad as the clowns who brought us Freakanomics. I just have no patience for this kind of pseudo-investigative gibberish, it's not like we have a shortage of insightful journalists these days! (David Graeber, Matt Taibbi, Ben Goldacre, Chris Hedges, Naomi Klein, etc.)

bibliotechnocrat Aug 04, 2015

Unlike other material I've read by Gladwell, this is a collection of essays (previously published in the New Yorker) not organized around a central theme. As always, his thoughtful and engaging author's voice carries one to ideas that once seen, cannot be unseen. I particularly liked the essay on precocity - Picasso vs Cezanne - as it gives hope even to late bloomers like myself. Other outstanding pieces include one on criminal profiling and another on the collapse of Enron. Gladwell's storytelling gifts notwithstanding, his genius is in helping one question underlying assumptions.

amorina Mar 25, 2015

Investigative journalism anyone?

Yes deep beneath the surface there are very interesting stories.

A nice mix of Mr. Gladwell's early forays into investigative journalism which lead to his latter more thurough works.

WVMLStaffPicks Sep 20, 2014

Yet again Malcolm Gladwell sees everyday from a different perspective. Short essays talk about how the everyday things affect our daily life from hair dye to the birth control pill. His writing is witty and funny and gives us a look at what makes humans tick.

Jun 27, 2013

(Also available in eBook) A collection of Gladwell's Op-Ed articles of interesting topics with great insights. A great read as his other books like Outliers. From Wiki: What the Dog Saw is a compilation of 19 articles by Malcolm Gladwell that were originally published in The New Yorker which are categorized into three parts. The first part, Obsessives, Pioneers, and other varieties of Minor Genius, describes people who are very good at what they do, but are not necessarily well-known. Part two, Theories, Predictions, and Diagnoses, describes the problems of prediction. This section covers problems such as intelligence failure, and the fall of Enron. The third section, Personality, Character, and Intelligence, discusses a wide variety of psychological and sociological topics ranging from the difference between early and late bloomers and criminal profiling

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May 01, 2011

It was a textbook dog-biting case: unneutered, ill-trained, charged-up dogs with a history of aggression and an irresponsible owner somehow get loose and set upon a small child. The dogs had already passed through the animal bureaucracy of Ottawa, and the city could easily have prevented the second attack with the right kind of generalization - a generalization based not on breed but on the known and meaningful connection between dangerous dogs and negligent owners.

May 01, 2011

The kinds of dogs that kill people change over time, because the popularity of certain breeds changes over time. The one thing that doesn't change is the total number of the people killed by dogs. When we have more problems with pit bulls, it's not necessarily a sign that pit bulls are more dangerous than other dogs. It could just be a sign that pit bulls have become more numerous.

May 01, 2011

They were looking for people who had the talent to think ouside the box. It never occurred to them that, if everyone had to think outside the box, maybe it was the box that needed fixing.

May 01, 2011

One possibility is simply to hire and reward the smartest people. But the link between, say, IQ and job performance is distinctly underwhelming. . . . 'What IQ doesn't pick up is effectiveness at commonsense sorts of things, especially working with people,' Richard Wagner, a psychologist a Florida State University, says. 'In terms of how we evaluate schooling, everything is about working by yourself. If you work with someone else, it's called cheating. Once you get out in the real world, everything you do involves working with other people.'

May 01, 2011

in our zeal to correct what we believe to be the problems of the past, we end up creating new problems for the future.

May 01, 2011

Writing was the thing I ended up doing by default, for the simple reason that it took me forever to realize that writing could be a job. Jobs were things that were serious and daunting. Writing was fun.

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