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Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

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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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    Sunil Prabhu san jose, ca, USA 11-04-15
    Sunil Prabhu san jose, ca, USA 11-04-15

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    "Pathetic!"

    This was so pathetic! After tipping point, The author hasn't had anything to write about. I got nothing out of this book and to make it worse, Malcolm narrates like an elementary school teacher. There was nothing of substance and was a complete waste of time.

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    Søren 11-03-15
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    "Another great book by Gladwell"
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    As always he is a delight to read and gives interesting and useful insights. Compared to some of his other books, the topic of Blink is rather simple, but still valid.
    Maybe the book is a bit long compared to what it tries to tell: Thin slicing is very powerful, but can only be trusted and used in situations where a person all ready have a lot of competences.

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    Ravenous Reader 10-24-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Well done with a difficult topic."

    I was a little surprised with the treatment of the topic. I had heard of the book and its subject and did not think it would be so well and so interestingly handled. I was brilliant

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    John T. Etchison 10-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Complex yet understandable"

    A very effective collaboration of stories, experiments, and trials. I found the book to be pleasantly insightful.

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    "this was a very interesting listen!"

    this was a great listen that was read by the author so you absolutely get the right tone of the book. couldn't stop listening.

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    "Exceptional, paradigm shifting, life altering"

    Incredibly beautiful writing, he is such a fantastic narrator and writer you must work to fully appreciate the science. I see thin slicing everywhere and I was blind before.

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    James A. 09-25-15
    James A. 09-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing book, Malcom has done it again"

    Malcom has a way of grabbing ahold of you and putting you in a trance, with the way his reading and information are formulated and the brilliant content.



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    Stephanie 09-23-15
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    "This book is incredible!"

    I finished this book in 3 days because it's just that good. Malcolm Gladwell, thank you so much for writing this and I look forward to reading all of your books!

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    Adama Efuru Jamaica, NY 09-23-15
    Adama Efuru Jamaica, NY 09-23-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Another homerun"

    Malcolm Gladwell is one of my fave authors because he makes me think through my own beliefs through the prism of his adaptations of narratives that hit the nail on the head with out-of-the-box thinking. Blink is no exception. I often don't trust my instincts but will certainly do so more now. I am an overthinker to the highest degree when it comes to my business. I need to jump in and just go for it more often with my ideas. After 15 years of minor successes and mediocrity I have nothing to lose.

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    hoytann 09-22-15
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    "Change What You Have Always Believed"

    This book is informational, packed with facts and data. At the same time it is highly entertaining. Glad well supplements his ideas with scenarios that illustrate his points. I was especially interested in his idea that first, gut reactions are often the most genuine. I have lived and worked with people who carefully and tediously analyze every decision and still make poor decisions.

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