What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell
And Other Adventures

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18 Critic Reviews

There is nothing newly penned in this book . But, happily for his fans, What the Dog Saw is the weakest piece in this collection of Gladwell’s favourite articles from his 13 years as a writer for The New Yorker .
-Financial Times

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<!--StartFragment-->What is the difference between choking and panicking? Why are there dozens of varieties of mustard-but only one variety of ketchup? What do football players teach us about how to hire teachers? What does hair dye tell us about the history of the 20th century?
In the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has written three books that have radically changed how we understand our world and ourselves: The Tipping Point; Blink; and Outliers. Now, in What the Dog Saw, he brings together, for the first time, the best of his writing from The New Yorker over the same period.
Here is the bittersweet tale of the inventor of the birth control pill, and the dazzling inventions of the pasta sauce pioneer Howard Moscowitz. Gladwell sits with Ron Popeil, the king of the American kitchen, as he sells rotisserie ovens, and divines the secrets of Cesar Millan, the "dog whisperer" who can calm savage animals with the touch of his hand. He explores intelligence tests and ethnic profiling and "hindsight bias" and why it was that everyone in Silicon Valley once tripped over themselves to hire the same college graduate.
"Good writing," Gladwell says in his preface, "does not succeed or fail on the strength of its ability to persuade. It succeeds or fails on the strength of its ability to engage you, to make you think, to give you a glimpse into someone else's head." What the Dog Saw is yet another example of the buoyant spirit and unflagging curiosity that have made Malcolm Gladwell our most brilliant investigator of the hidden extraordinary. <!--EndFragment-->
 

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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 October 6, 2009 by Little, Brown and Company. 444 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help, Professional & Technical, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Good
on Nov 07 2009

Readers have much to learn from Gladwell the journalist and essayist.

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NY Times

Below average
on Oct 19 2009

This book’s voice always sounds level-headed, whether it is describing ketchup being tasted or pit bulls attacking a boy.

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Guardian

Above average
on May 16 2010

He really hits his stride...when he tackles broader issues and finds connections between seemingly unrelated things.

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Guardian

Excellent
on Oct 17 2009

The book is beautiful and brings together the writing that made Gladwell the extraordinary figure he is today.

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Financial Times

Above average
Reviewed by Hugh Carnegy on Oct 19 2009

There is nothing newly penned in this book . But, happily for his fans, What the Dog Saw is the weakest piece in this collection of Gladwell’s favourite articles from his 13 years as a writer for The New Yorker .

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Jan 24 2011

WHAT THE DOG SAW is a peek back at his early writings that paved the way for his journey to the world’s bestseller lists.

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Globe and Mail

Below average
Reviewed by Chris Scott on Dec 04 2009

Why do complex systems fail? Why is it hard to profile serial killers? What do job interviews really tell us? These are three of many questions Malcolm Gladwell poses in What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures...this collection sorely needed an editor.

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LA Times

Above average
on Nov 22 2009

He picks up speed mid-essay as he ties his reader's fate, his reader's hopes and dreams to the efforts of his main character.

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The Telegraph

Good
on Nov 06 2009

Gladwell aims to show what goes on inside other people’s heads – the one thing we all dream of, but can never do – and he comes exuberantly close to his object.

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Christian Science Monitor

Below average
on Nov 02 2009

When he avoids pontificating, Gladwell is at his best...he describes his subject as being “built like a soccer player” – as if all are made from the same mold.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Above average
on Nov 18 2009

These essays are obviously well-researched, well-considered, well-supported and well-written. What's missing, too often, is the courage to allow subjects to breathe on their own.

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About.com Bestsellers

Good

Gladwell is an excellent storyteller, and after each essay, you'll want to read more of him.

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Zimbio

Good
on Jan 30 2010

If you're a Malcolm Gladwell fan, this is a must read...

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

Below average
on Oct 20 2009

What the Dog Saw would have been even stronger had Gladwell and his editor been more selective in choosing the best pieces to include in this uneven collection.

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BookRack

Excellent
on Jul 27 2010

Every time I read his book, I learn a new way of looking at things, a new way of understanding problems and solving them.

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The Gospel Coalition

Below average
on Nov 04 2009

...I would probably be more inclined to hand someone The Tipping Point which is, I’m convinced, a better book.

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Young Upstarts

Excellent
on Aug 22 2011

...“What the Dog Saw” combines Gladwell’s intellectual wit with a compelling narrative par none. I found myself turning the pages rapidly, devouring every morsel aimed at making me feel cleverer about myself.

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Neworld Review

Good

...the book is full of entertaining tidbits, nothing therein, is more enlightening than Gladwell’s introduction...

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