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 number-one best sellers, 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.
Among the pieces: his investigation into why there are so many different kinds of mustard but only one kind of ketchup; a surprising assessment of what makes for a safer automobile; a look at how we hire when we can't tell who's right for the job; an examination of machine built to predict hit movies; the reasons why homelessness might be easier to solve than manage; his famous profile of inventor and entrepreneur Ron Popeil; a look at why employers love personality tests; a dissection of Ivy League admissions and who gets in; the saga of the quest to invent the perfect cookie; and a look at hair dye and the hidden history of postwar America.
For the millions of Malcolm Gladwell fans, this anthology is like a greatest hits compilation-a mix tape from America's alpha mind.
©2009 Malcolm Gladwell; (P)2009 Hachette
Some very interesting articles, and I really like his observations. Unfortunately (in my opinion) he starts the book with a couple really long pieces that are less interesting, and he almost lost me. Happily I made it through to the shorter, more engaging articles beyond.
In contrast with the outliers or the tipping point, this book does not have a general theme. It is a collection of a few New Yorker Articles. I don't see any point in republishing the articles as a book. The general ideas can be traced to the blink, the tipping point and the outliers.
This ended up, so far, being my favorite of the Gladwell books, even though it's all reprints. I knew none of the essays before and was very glad to find them. A couple of them are nearly perfect in structure and language craft. All are very good; some are worth multiple reads. All are Gladwellian in approach, but more focused and structured than the full-length books. Some were precursors to the existing books; some, I hope, are precursors of other books. I enjoy hearing Gladwell read his own work; that's a bonus. I can't imagine another doing as well.
I just love Malcolm Gladwell. I have to say that I enjoyed Outliers and Blink a little more, but I was not at all disappointed in this collection of stories. As with other books from Gladwell, I'll listen (or read) more than once.
It's a typically well-researched and well-written book by Gladwell, but I wish he would have outsourced the narration.
Definitely one of the best road books ever. Every essay is just chocked full of interesting character and topic development information. You find yourself extending your trip to finish a chapter. Enjoy.
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
A bit redundant from earlier works but still good stuff. 'can't imagine a better reader than Gladwell himself.
This is a nice collection of previously published, well researched articles by Gladwell. Best of all is that Gladwell narrates the tome.
This is my least favorite Malcolm Gladwell book. It's basically a collection of his articles, some of which are now a little dated. But it doesn't matter, because hearing it read in Malcolm Gladwell's voice makes it worth it. I normally wouldn't pay attention to the reviewer, but this audiobook was made by having the author do the review, and do it well. If all of his future books were collections of articles I've already read, but he was narrating, I'd still buy them.
A sort of modge-podge lacking a central theme, this audiobook is still great. Gladwell helps us see the interestingness in everything.
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