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Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking | [Malcolm Gladwell]

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?
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Publisher's Summary

In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work, in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others?

In Blink we meet the psychologist who has learned to predict whether a marriage will last, based on a few minutes of observing a couple; the tennis coach who knows when a player will double-fault before the racket even makes contact with the ball; the antiquities experts who recognize a fake at a glance. Here, too, are great failures of "blink": the election of Warren Harding; "New Coke"; and the shooting of Amadou Diallo by police. Blink reveals that great decision makers aren't those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of "thin-slicing", filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.

Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology and displaying all of the brilliance that made The Tipping Point a classic, Blink changes the way you understand every decision you make. Never again will you think about thinking the same way.

Don't miss any of Malcolm Gladwell's books, articles, and interviews.

©2005 Malcolm Gladwell; (P)2005 Time Warner AudioBooks

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Quill Award Nominee

"Entertaining and illuminating." (Publishers Weekly)
"Gladwell's groundbreaking explication of a key aspect of human nature is enlightening, provocative, and great fun to read." (Booklist)

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    Peg Puyallup, WA, USA 08-12-07
    Peg Puyallup, WA, USA 08-12-07 Member Since 2014
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    "A teaser"

    Not enough information in this book.

    The subjecy is excellent and I wanted information.
    The book was far too breif and did not go into enough usefull detail.

    There was not enough to apply to the real world

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    Rachel 12-21-05
    Rachel 12-21-05
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    "Long but interesting"

    I liked all of Gladwell's examples. So, even though the book is long, I found it interesting.

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    Michael A. Tapper Eden Prairie, MN United States 08-06-13
    Michael A. Tapper Eden Prairie, MN United States 08-06-13
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    "Never draws a conclusion or highlights his point"

    8 hours of spewing information, albeit much of it was interesting, but I kept waiting for the time when he would say "these are the 5 things you need to take away from this book", or even "my point of telling you all this is". It never happens. Even the conclusion is just 20 more minutes of spewing information. Can I draw my own conclusions? Sure I can. But it sure would be nice to know what the author was thinking. I won't be reading any more Malcolm Gladwell books.

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    Dilly HaulAde 04-09-13 Member Since 2014

    Words words words words ... love em

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    "Waay better than I expected"

    I love useful information ... Audio books affords me the opportunity to multi-task and get my fix... This was such a great purchase. Overall great and useful information and the author was the perfect one to read it. I am big on narrators and there was something about his voice that made it THAT much better. I am purchasing the Tipping Point" next :)

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    Handlowiec 11-21-12
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    What would have made Blink better?

    Get to the point! You get the feeling he had to put filler and more filler!

    While listening I thought geez is he really still talking about the same thing? I started fast forwarding then finally I gave up, I could not take it anymore.


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    a Dahinda, IL, United States 02-08-10
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    "Great Book"

    This is a solid book and Malcom Gladwell did a great job of narrating. While it is a little bit dry from time to time, it moves quickly and the the side stories are enjoyable.

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    C. Garman Kansas 08-09-07
    C. Garman Kansas 08-09-07 Member Since 2013

    A rockin' granny from the Flint Hills of Kansas

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    "Fascinating!"

    Lots of food for thought in this book. I intend to hear it again.

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    Albina Kowalko Sunnyside, NY 04-19-07
    Albina Kowalko Sunnyside, NY 04-19-07 Member Since 2008
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    Great Book

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    Ray Baltimore, MD, USA 02-22-06
    Ray Baltimore, MD, USA 02-22-06
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    My wife and I are very well read in psychology and weren't expecting much of interest. However, on a long car trip, we were totally fascinated - the miles actually passed too fast. Wonderful book.

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    Cookie Fan San Francisco, CA, USA 02-10-06
    Cookie Fan San Francisco, CA, USA 02-10-06 Member Since 2013

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    "Remarkable reading"

    read/listen to this and it will change the way you think about thinking. A great read.

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