Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

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9 Critic Reviews

All of his wonderful and contradictory stories make this book more like The Toastmaster's Treasure Chest than a useful attempt at popular science.
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Synopsis

In his landmark bestseller 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.
 

About Malcolm Gladwell

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Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for The New Yorker. He was formerly a business and science reporter at the Washington Post.
 
Published April 3, 2007 by Back Bay Books. 288 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Blink
All: 9 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 4

NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by David Brooks on Jan 16 2005

...you'll be delighted but frustrated, troubled and left wanting more.

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Catherine Bennett on Feb 18 2005

...Blink is a muddle. Gladwell's considerable ability to tell stories and distil research is intact, but applied to intractable, even contradictory material.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Stephen Bayley on Feb 05 2005

Blink has many of the same attributes as its predecessor...but, being a less novel idea, its weaknesses are more visible.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Nov 01 2004

Gladwell imparts his own evident pleasure in delving into a wide range of fields and seeking an underlying truth.

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Blog Critics

Below average
Reviewed by D. Gordon Smith on Aug 02 2005

All of his wonderful and contradictory stories make this book more like The Toastmaster's Treasure Chest than a useful attempt at popular science.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Anne Miller on Jan 07 2011

...if you want an entertaining read, fast-paced, rich in entertaining anecdotes and some unusual scientific research, then BLINK is worth picking up.

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The Telegraph

Below average
Reviewed by Edward Skidelsky on Feb 06 2005

Its main problem is that it is confused. Billed as a celebration of intuition, it goes on to amass a heap of evidence against it.

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Bob Minzesheimer on Jan 10 2005

Gladwell's writing is straightforward. He tries to converse with readers rather than lecture them.

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World Changing

Good
Reviewed by Nicole-Anne Boyer on Jan 24 2005

Like all of Gladwell's fascinating pieces, it is written exceedingly well with delightful and memorable stories.

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