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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

Critic Reviews

  • 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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Subtitle is deceiving

This book is not helpful at all. Just stories of gut feelings of marriage counsellors, tennis players, etc. The people he talks about must be psychic. Bunch of bologna. You can't just judge books by their cover and assume the judgements are magically correct.
The stories in this book are pointless and boring to listen to. There's no real advice.

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not what I expected

Only focused on the importance of split decisions, not application or instructions on how to improve.

This book could be condensed to a single chapter.

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  • 08-15-16

thorough

interesting detail regarding cops, heart rate and how decision making processes are affected by adrenaline.

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made my head spin

The author went over the same bit of information so many times it made my head spin. I felt like I was getting nowhere with the subject at times. My goal was to learn why first impressions are so valuable and possibly how to learn to manage that information. The book did not seem to go there. I just could not make it through the last chapter. Maybe I will try later but the discussions on the facial muscular research was just too much for me.

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  • 08-11-16

A Must Read!

If you've ever found yourself frustrated with the current state of violence in our law enforcement, or simply wanted to understand one's own level of understanding of what one perceives, this book will educate and enlighten with every passing chapter! Great read! Highly recommended.

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Very good but not useful

As all Malcom Galdwell books, this one is also very intellectually satisfying to read. And his performance as a reader is really good.
But, as with all similar books, it doesn't help. It is excellent for awareness of the fact that things are not what they seem to be. But it doesn't give solution: i.e. How things really are. It just makes you more aware of our own biases.

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Very good!!

I can't say I like everything that he says (or maybe doesn't say about certain situations), but it's very thought provoking, well written, and well performed.

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Loved it!!!

This is an excellent book. It is very easy to follow and understand while at the same time offering a glimpse into the subconscious processes of the mind. Very eye-opening!!! Thank you...

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Thought provoking

It still feels like pseudoscience sometimes, but the extrapolations are quite intriguing. The weird audio at the beginning of some chapters need to go.

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Engaging story, great as audible format, just not sure if you should burn a credit for this.

Engaging story, great as audible format, just not sure if you should burn a credit for this.