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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of Better and Complications reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklist.

We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist. First introduced decades ago by the U.S. Air Force, checklists have enabled pilots to fly aircraft of mind-boggling sophistication. Now innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world, helping doctors and nurses respond to everything from flu epidemics to avalanches. Even in the immensely complex world of surgery, a simple 90-second variant has cut the rate of fatalities by more than a third.

In riveting stories, Gawande takes us from Austria, where an emergency checklist saved a drowning victim who had spent half an hour underwater, to Michigan, where a cleanliness checklist in intensive care units virtually eliminated a type of deadly hospital infection. He explains how checklists actually work to prompt striking and immediate improvements. And he follows the checklist revolution into fields well beyond medicine, from disaster response to investment banking, skyscraper construction, and businesses of all kinds.

An intellectual adventure in which lives are lost and saved and one simple idea makes a tremendous difference, The Checklist Manifesto is essential for anyone working to get things right.

©2009 Atul Gawande (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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Loved it

Really enjoyed the practicality of the advice given in this book. Easier to listen to than try to read the hard copy IMO.

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Read only if you're in medicine

Listened to almost the whole book at 3x speed. It's full of surgery stories and ranting against medical systems and has very little of practical advice for businesses. One story to start with is nice but someone should cut out all the other stories and condense the useful part in a short article. Don't read unless you're into medicine.

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Fascinating and life changing

This book truly takes something that sounds mundane and makes it riveting. Through real-life stories of dramatic successes and failures, through humble realism, the book makes its case. The stories are fascinating in themselves. Well researched, well written. The argument that no one is above checklists is airtight. I’ll be acting on it in my life.

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Excellent read

If you could sum up The Checklist Manifesto in three words, what would they be?

Striving for perfection

Who was your favorite character and why?

Didn’t have one

Which scene was your favorite?

Last scene airplane pilot crew as a group

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Already a movie

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Where was the ‘How to create your own Checklist’ chapter?

I was hoping that a discussion of how to get started with Checklist would be included here.

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Fascinating

I was fascinated by the disparate examples of how checklists are used to avoid avoidable mistakes when teams perform complex tasks.

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More like storytime than a manifesto

Too many overly detailed stories. Not enough actionable information. The author seemed more intent on telling his own story and his experiences than actually trying to help the reader apply the principles he discovered.

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Fascinating

Repetitive at times but totally worth the short read.

Checklists are a very scalable and portable solution to complicated problems

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Great Advice

Narrator was very easy to listen to and the book sheds a lot of light on what we think are automatic processes, but are some times over looked. Checklists have changed and saved lives and that id amazing!

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Great story illustrating the point.

I enjoyed listening to the story of the discovery of this simple but revolutionary idea.
I wish there was more discussion on implementation across other fields. Maybe 'steps' that can be taken.
Medical individuals will enjoy this because of the medically focused examples.
Great book