What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures

What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures

Audiobook CD - 2009
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Brings together, for the first time, the best of Gladwell's writing from The New Yorker in the past decade, including: the bittersweet tale of the inventor of the birth control pill; the dazzling inventions of the pasta sauce pioneer Howard Moscowitz; spotlighting Ron Popeil, the king of the American kitchen; and the secrets of Cesar Millan, the "dog whisperer." Gladwell also explores intelligence tests, ethnic profiling and "hindsight bias, " and why it was that everyone in Silicon Valley once tripped over themselves to hire the same college graduate.
Publisher: New York : Hachette Audio, p2009.
ISBN: 9781600249150
Characteristics: 10 compact discs (approximately 13 hrs.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.

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cyuzik
Aug 11, 2017

Some good information here, however seems to jump around between concepts.

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spiderfelt_0
May 24, 2017

This collection of previously published essays was the perfect tonic to keep my mind engaged while my body was busy cooking. I love the way Gladwell weaves different threads from a wide range of disciplines to illustrate his point.

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CarolMichael
Feb 14, 2017

I have enjoyed his books but do not find this interesting enough to hold my attention. I did not finish the book.

redban Aug 07, 2015

I've always found Gladwell's writing to be enjoyable to read, but I have to question his journalistic content.

Gladwell's content often resembles pop sociology/science at its worst, which is to say he takes complex events and forces out a simple, catchy explanation. He is at his worst when he talks about large-scale financial success stories (like in Outliers) given that he ignores how "business" is done on the larger scales (lobbying, predatory behaviors, Wall Street manipulations, etc.).

Thankfully for Gladwell, he does not focus on Economics, so he is not as bad as the clowns who brought us Freakanomics. I just have no patience for this kind of pseudo-investigative gibberish, it's not like we have a shortage of insightful journalists these days! (David Graeber, Matt Taibbi, Ben Goldacre, Chris Hedges, Naomi Klein, etc.)

bibliotechnocrat Aug 04, 2015

Unlike other material I've read by Gladwell, this is a collection of essays (previously published in the New Yorker) not organized around a central theme. As always, his thoughtful and engaging author's voice carries one to ideas that once seen, cannot be unseen. I particularly liked the essay on precocity - Picasso vs Cezanne - as it gives hope even to late bloomers like myself. Other outstanding pieces include one on criminal profiling and another on the collapse of Enron. Gladwell's storytelling gifts notwithstanding, his genius is in helping one question underlying assumptions.

amorina Mar 25, 2015

Investigative journalism anyone?

Yes deep beneath the surface there are very interesting stories.

A nice mix of Mr. Gladwell's early forays into investigative journalism which lead to his latter more thurough works.

WVMLStaffPicks Sep 20, 2014

Yet again Malcolm Gladwell sees everyday from a different perspective. Short essays talk about how the everyday things affect our daily life from hair dye to the birth control pill. His writing is witty and funny and gives us a look at what makes humans tick.

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jimg2000
Jun 27, 2013

(Also available in eBook) A collection of Gladwell's Op-Ed articles of interesting topics with great insights. A great read as his other books like Outliers. From Wiki: What the Dog Saw is a compilation of 19 articles by Malcolm Gladwell that were originally published in The New Yorker which are categorized into three parts. The first part, Obsessives, Pioneers, and other varieties of Minor Genius, describes people who are very good at what they do, but are not necessarily well-known. Part two, Theories, Predictions, and Diagnoses, describes the problems of prediction. This section covers problems such as intelligence failure, and the fall of Enron. The third section, Personality, Character, and Intelligence, discusses a wide variety of psychological and sociological topics ranging from the difference between early and late bloomers and criminal profiling

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pjberry
Feb 11, 2013

My first experience with Gladwell, and i very much enjoyed how each essay encouraged me to look at the topics from different points of view. I found myself having discussions about the topics of this book with my family, friends, and even strangers - definitely conversation starter material here! I'm excited to read more Gladwell!

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jbeckber
Jan 08, 2012

This is a collection of Gladwell's writings from The New Yorker. Love Gladwell’s way of writing, but I need time to digest each article. I guess that is the beauty of his work with The New Yorker; you have time between each issue. My husband and I have had a lot of discussions about some of the topics such as homelessness, teaching, the “naturalness” of the birth control pill. So I got good mileage out of this book. One of the articles I thought was most interesting was the one on Nassim Nicholas Taleb who wrote The Black Swan which I read (or tried to read) earlier this year. What a great way to finally understand Taleb through Gladwell's writing!

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andreareads
May 01, 2011

It was a textbook dog-biting case: unneutered, ill-trained, charged-up dogs with a history of aggression and an irresponsible owner somehow get loose and set upon a small child. The dogs had already passed through the animal bureaucracy of Ottawa, and the city could easily have prevented the second attack with the right kind of generalization - a generalization based not on breed but on the known and meaningful connection between dangerous dogs and negligent owners.

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andreareads
May 01, 2011

The kinds of dogs that kill people change over time, because the popularity of certain breeds changes over time. The one thing that doesn't change is the total number of the people killed by dogs. When we have more problems with pit bulls, it's not necessarily a sign that pit bulls are more dangerous than other dogs. It could just be a sign that pit bulls have become more numerous.

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andreareads
May 01, 2011

They were looking for people who had the talent to think ouside the box. It never occurred to them that, if everyone had to think outside the box, maybe it was the box that needed fixing.

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andreareads
May 01, 2011

One possibility is simply to hire and reward the smartest people. But the link between, say, IQ and job performance is distinctly underwhelming. . . . 'What IQ doesn't pick up is effectiveness at commonsense sorts of things, especially working with people,' Richard Wagner, a psychologist a Florida State University, says. 'In terms of how we evaluate schooling, everything is about working by yourself. If you work with someone else, it's called cheating. Once you get out in the real world, everything you do involves working with other people.'

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andreareads
May 01, 2011

in our zeal to correct what we believe to be the problems of the past, we end up creating new problems for the future.

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andreareads
May 01, 2011

Writing was the thing I ended up doing by default, for the simple reason that it took me forever to realize that writing could be a job. Jobs were things that were serious and daunting. Writing was fun.

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