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  • Dec 9, 2008
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This is one of those really informative books.. and I'd have to say.. I'm not usually keen on reading those as I'd be bored by about the 3rd page.  Gladwell, however, really writes as if he's talking to you and trying to explain what he believes as if he was sitting in front of you. 

This book really breaks down decision making and what happens within the first few seconds of being introduced to a new product/person.  It's really intriguing to read a book like this - especially coming from a person who doesn't like this "Let me give you facts and lets just analyze and explain this idea for 300 pages" type of book.  However, the way Gladwell writes and the examples he gives makes me talk out loud and question what he's saying by trying to think of examples when his claims aren't true.

Creepily enough, the couple times when I wrote questions in the margins, he ends up answering them within the next page.  You really get to see and understand the reason behind why Warren Harding became president (and one of the worst at that), how someone who never PRACTICED medicine could come up with an algorithm to determine who had heart problems (which worked better than having doctors and nurses diagnose patients based on all the information they were given), how someone could tell if a couple would get divorced down the line just by listening to them communicate for a few minutes, and how a musician could be so widely unaccepted when so many producers believed that he would be the next great thing.

It's a fascinating book - it's a great read and a change of pace for someone like me who usually sticks to "chick lit" or fiction books that captivate me in their dramatic storyline.

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August 14, 2009
Hahaha... you are funny! You write questions on your book? Wow, I don't do that even in school! :p U must be a grade A student! Although somehow I get the idea that you are not someone who'd sit still to read; must be on a flight! ;-)
 
May 14, 2009
I've been reading The Tipping Point....you'll love it. I have heard about Blink and intend on reading it. Thanks for the review.
 
December 10, 2008
I actually just picked up Tipping Point! We'll be switching books to read! I'm excited!
 
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Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, is a 2005 book by Malcolm Gladwell which takes a look at why the mind makes decisions in split seconds.

Gladwell focuses on the idea of thin slicing - which is in essence using previous experiences, stereotypes and likes/dislikes to make a snap judgment about a new product or person.

Gladwell offers multiple examples of making quick decisions in a world where we are overwhelmed with information and stereotypes.  He also touches on the fact that these stereotypes are very embedded in our mind, which in turns plays a role in the decisions we make when we thin slice and blink.  Even with the intention to put these stereotypes aside, they've become such a huge part of society that they make a huge impact on any judgment we make.
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ISBN-10: 0316172324
ISBN-13: 9780316172325
Author: Malcolm Gladwell
Genre: Decision-Making & Problem Solving, Cognitive, Social Psychology & Interactions, Personal Transformation, Cognitive Psychology, Motivational, Business & Finance
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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