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What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures

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"The trick to finding ideas is to convince yourself that everyone and everything has a story to tell" (xix). In my opinion, What the Dog Saw is a clever way to gain insight on information that Gladwell calls "adventures;" a collection of 19 articles placed into three sp...
"The trick to finding ideas is to convince yourself that everyone and everything has a story to tell" (xix). In my opinion, What the Dog Saw is a clever way to gain insight on information that Gladwell calls "adventures;" a collection of 19 articles placed into three specific categories: minor geniuses, theories and predictions. I am not usually intrigued by social science or psychology... I am, after all, a senior in High School who prides myself on being an "abstract thinker," "creative," and an "artist," but surprisingly Malcolm Gladwell took particular topics and articulately portrayed experiences with a tone of great excitement and curiosity for the subjects, which allowed me to continue reading the book with an excited anticipation. I understand the arguments from people who had previously read Gladwell's articles in The New Yorker; it was nothing new. But for those craving a logical book filled with facts, and a bit of passion, it was refreshing, to say the least.

posted by SantaMonicaArtist on April 5, 2011

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Whew! Glad I Finished that One

I have read with pleasure Malcolm Gladstone's books "Blink" and "Outliers" with fascination and interest and with level of intensity that made those two books quite enjoyable. I did not have the same experience with "What the Dog Saw." It is not the same. Perhaps Gladst...
I have read with pleasure Malcolm Gladstone's books "Blink" and "Outliers" with fascination and interest and with level of intensity that made those two books quite enjoyable. I did not have the same experience with "What the Dog Saw." It is not the same. Perhaps Gladstone's attempt to cobble together old columns and writings just does not work for me. I found reading this book and getting through it an ordeal. I always finish a book even when I am not particularly enjoying it. This one bordered on being painful to get through. Then again, it could just be me. I am not a fan of short story books either. Some of the topics addressed by Gladstone were interesting such as the opening chapter about "The Pitchman," but that interest and intensity of writing is just not sustained throughout the whole book. "Outliers" and "Blink" were thought-provoking, engaging, and fascinating, but this one never rises to the same level. There are books that I would call not very enjoyable, but a worthwhile read. I am sorry to say that I just can't call this one a worthwhile read. I'm afraid this one was one of those published with the hopes that because of Gladwell's previous successes, it would see success as well. I am sure it has sold well, but this is one of those books that can make you not want to read any more by this author.

posted by Booknut62 on December 24, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    What the Dog Saw was an interesting insight on the different eve

    What the Dog Saw was an interesting insight on the different events that people have gone through and the stories behind them all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

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    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Interesting storiesbut unrelated

    A good book if you have short time periiods to read since there are natural stopping pponts

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  • Posted December 20, 2009

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    The Dog Saw A Lot

    Gladwell is a meticulous researcher and in each New Yorker article included in this compilation finds a new approach to stories that have been told before. Some articles were better than others -- to be expected b/c I think the point was to show range rather than best-of-the-best. The kind of tour-de-force, careful, spare building of an argument for which Gladwell is known found in Tipping Point and Outliers is in evidence here. The characters are interesting and for the most part the writing doesn't bog down. If you are a Gladwell fan, you will enjoy adding this book to your library, and if you aren't it may make you curious about his other work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2009

    yawnnn

    the concepts of all of his articles are very interesting but the way he wrote most of them just bored me to death. it took me like a month to finish this book..

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2009

    Malcolm Gladwell

    It should be noted that the Stephen Pinker review which is quoted here was not nearly as adulatory as it has been made to appear. In fact, Pinker, as a fellow Canadian eviscerated Gladwell as well as the manners of their common culture would permit. Had I been the reviewer, I would have said that Gladwell is Readers Digest for Yuppies, a completely irresponsible half-thinker whose ideas are not even interesting enough to refute.
    Does he really expect us to believe, for example, that the only difference between the Beatles and, say, the Monkees, is that the Beatles practiced for 10,000 hours? Or that to combat the scourge of fast food, what America really needs is...another Ray Kroc?
    Gladwell is fast food for the brain; the lazy brain.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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