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In 2005, Time named Malcolm Gladwell one of its 100 most influential people. He is the author of three books, each of which reached number one on the New York Times Best Seller list. They are: The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers. His fourth book, What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures was mostrar mais published in 2009. He is a is a British-born Canadian journalist and author. Gladwell was a reporter for the Washington Post from 1987 to 1996, working first as a science writer and then as New York City bureau chief. Since 1996, he has been a staff writer for The New Yorker. He graduated with a degree in history from the University of Toronto's Trinity College in 1984. (Publisher Provided) mostrar menos
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Obras por Malcolm Gladwell

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (2000) — Autor; Narrador, algumas edições21,407 exemplares
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005) — Autor; Narrador, algumas edições20,749 exemplares
Outliers: The Story of Success (2008) — Narrador, algumas edições15,290 exemplares
What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures (2009) — Autor; Narrador, algumas edições5,190 exemplares
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants (2013) — Autor; Narrador, algumas edições4,136 exemplares
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don't Know (2019) — Narrador, algumas edições2,984 exemplares
The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War (2021) — Autor; Narrador, algumas edições932 exemplares
Malcolm Gladwell: Collected (2010) 44 exemplares
Blink [and] The Tipping Point (2005) 5 exemplares
The Art of Failure 3 exemplares
O Que o Cão Viu 3 exemplares
Outliers r 1 exemplar
Philosophy 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Killing Floor (1997) — Introdução, algumas edições8,397 exemplares
The Book of Basketball (2009) — Introdução — 789 exemplares
The New Kings of Nonfiction (2007) — Contribuidor — 727 exemplares
The Best American Essays 2007 (2007) — Contribuidor — 469 exemplares
Unleashing the Ideavirus (2000) — Prefácio, algumas edições455 exemplares
The Big Moo: Stop Trying to Be Perfect and Start Being Remarkable (2005) — Contribuidor — 413 exemplares
Life Stories: Profiles from the New Yorker (2000) — Contribuidor — 298 exemplares
The Moth (2013) — Contribuidor — 286 exemplares
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011 (2011) — Contribuidor — 283 exemplares
The Best American Essays 2012 (2012) — Contribuidor — 224 exemplares
The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs (2012) — Introdução — 144 exemplares
Half and Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural (1998) — Contribuidor — 134 exemplares
The Best American Science Writing 2001 (2001) — Contribuidor — 132 exemplares
The Matter of Black Lives: Writing from The New Yorker (2021) — Contribuidor — 84 exemplares
Best Food Writing 2001 (2001) — Contribuidor — 66 exemplares
The Best American Magazine Writing 2001 (2001) — Contribuidor — 65 exemplares
The Best American Sports Writing 2010 (2010) — Contribuidor — 42 exemplares
Upon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History (2018) — Prefácio — 36 exemplares
On the Money: The Economy in Cartoons, 1925-2009 (2009) — Introdução — 32 exemplares
The Gender and Consumer Culture Reader (2000) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
Grantland Quarterly, No. 7 (2013) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Autonomy [2019 documentary] — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


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Gladwell, Malcolm
Outros nomes
Gladwell, Malcolm T.
Data de nascimento
Verenigd Koninkrijk (geboren)
Canada (paspoort)
País (no mapa)
England, UK
Local de nascimento
Fareham, Hampshire, England
Locais de residência
Elmira, Ontario, Canada
New York, New York, USA
University of Toronto, Trinity College, History
non-fiction writer
Powell, Colin (Cousin)
Gladwell, Joyce (mother)
The Washington Post (reporter)
The New Yorker (staff writer)
Prémios e menções honrosas
Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World (2005)
American Sociological Association's Award for Excellence (Reporting of Social Issues ∙ 2007)
University of Waterloo (honorary degree ∙ 2007)
Order of Canada (2011)
Tina Bennett

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Malcolm Gladwell is a former business and science writer at the Washington Post. He is currently a staff writer for The New Yorker.



Anyone reading or who has recently read [Outliers]? em What Are You Reading Now? (Março 2016)


Great stuff if you're managing an ad campaign (if only I could figure out how to use it to get the Nitnat road paved). Otherwise, a bit too in depth for the layman.
BBrookes | 324 outras críticas | Dec 5, 2023 |
zacherlaw1 | 324 outras críticas | Nov 28, 2023 |
Jeepers this was an annoying book.

Its main problem is that it doesn't manage to hold to any central thesis. I think many people would pick it up thinking it's about how we make better decisions when we act instinctively, rather than over-analyze decisions.

Actually the main conclusion Gladwell draws is "it depends".

The back-up to that is that experts in a field, with years of experience, can instinctively make correct decisions, without necessarily being able to articulate precisely why. No, really.

There were some interesting bits of psychology, particularly about how articulating why we make a decison may actually be detrimental to our being able to do it (as the thing your memory stores is then your articulation of it, not the doing of it). However, he seems to then ignore the things he is telling us, in relying on 1st hand accounts of instinctual events, which he has told us are inherently unreliable. Gah!

As with The Tipping Point, there is quite a bit of this cherry-picking data, according to whichever way his argument is blowing at the time, and much flawed logic. For example:

* He claims that strangers judging a subject's character from their bedroom are more accurate than the subject's friends judgements. Actually he means that they more closely match the self-assessments of the subject, which may or may not be accurate.

* I'm paraphrasing, but he says that doctors that we think have a domineering tone have been "found wanting" by us, with the implication that we should ignore them. But actually he has previously said that they are simply more likely to be sued, and that that has no correlation with how many medical mistakes they make. So they have not been "found wanting" and a doctor with a nicer tone may well be a worse doctor.

* he says that that if we want to have more positive instinctive associations about black people, we should get to know some, hang out with them, become friends etc., etc. That's a nice piece of social engineering, which I am very happy to support in principle, but what he has shown earlier in the chapter is that if you want to have more positive instinctive associations actually what you want to do is think about positive black role models (MLK, Nelson Mandela) and watch international track and field events.

* Gladwell cites a statistic that displays of contempt in a relationship are correlated with number of colds suffered by the recipient of the contempt, from which he draws the conclusion the effect is so stressful that it suppresses the immune systen. What?! where does that conclusion come from? It could be the person is throwing sickies, or that they're taking long walks in the cold, or they're smoking more, etc., etc. But Gladwell seems to blithely draws these confident conclusions without pause or consideration.

Gladwell still writes engagingly (I read this in a day) and many of the anecdotes and sciencey snippets are fascinating. I feel his books would have more integrity if they were just collections of essays (or his articles). As it is he seems hidebound to find some grand overarching theme, leading him to undermine the good and interesting writing that is here.

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thisisstephenbetts | 377 outras críticas | Nov 25, 2023 |
It gave me some insight to a lot of things. But it wasn't as enjoyable and educational "The Tipping Point" by the same author.
mos3abof | 377 outras críticas | Nov 19, 2023 |



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