What the Dog Saw – Malcolm Gladwell

Title: What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures
Author: Malcolm Gladwell
ISBN: 9780316075848
Pages: 432
Release Date: October 20, 2009
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Genre: Non-Fiction, Essays
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

What the Dog Saw is a collection of Malcolm Gladwell’s essays from The New Yorker, written over the same time period as his hit books Blink, The Tipping Point and Outliers.

Review:

What the Dog Saw is an essay collection that is very similar in style to Malcolm Gladwell’s previous books.  Each of these essays is a smaller version of his books in a lot of ways – they challenge conventional wisdom and ask the reader to think about how they look at things.  It’s divided into three sections, each with a different theme.

Like any essay collection, some of the pieces in What the Dog Saw are more entertaining than others.  That’s not to say they are of different quality – Gladwell has proven himself to be a competent writer through his previous books, and these essays are of similar to those.  But different subject matters will appeal to different readers.  My personal favorite was the title essay, What the Dog Saw, in which Gladwell discusses the “dog whisperer” Cesar Milan.

Some of these essays require stretches of the imagination, especially when Gladwell’s logic becomes convoluted.  Additionally, you might want to skip a couple of essays completely, depending on your tastes and interest level.  But overall, this is a solid collection essays that are both educational and interesting.  They’ll make you look at ordinary things such as ketchup and the birth control pill in completely different ways.  This is a great book for anyone who’s a fan of Malcolm Gladwell, or those who are looking for an introduction to his work.

Comments

  1. This sounds like a good one to add to my add to my Kindle since I could read it in bit and pieces.

  2. This sounds like a good one to add to my add to my Kindle since I could read it in bit and pieces.

  3. I love Malcolm Gladwell, so am looking forward to reading this at some point. I can’t imagine how I could look at ketchup any differently, but I am intrigued now!

  4. I love Malcolm Gladwell, so am looking forward to reading this at some point. I can’t imagine how I could look at ketchup any differently, but I am intrigued now!

  5. I haven’t read any of Gladwell’s work, but I have the audio version of this one coming and I’m anxious to try it.

  6. I haven’t read any of Gladwell’s work, but I have the audio version of this one coming and I’m anxious to try it.

  7. I loved Outliers. He has a way of making you look at things from a TOTALLY different perspective, almost to the point where my brain hurts! I know throughout Outliers, I kept trying to relate some of the stories to my husband but it always lost its pizzazz in my rendition! I’m sure I’ll get my hands on this one as well.

  8. I loved Outliers. He has a way of making you look at things from a TOTALLY different perspective, almost to the point where my brain hurts! I know throughout Outliers, I kept trying to relate some of the stories to my husband but it always lost its pizzazz in my rendition! I’m sure I’ll get my hands on this one as well.

  9. I’ve really enjoyed the Gladwell books so I’m sure I’ll like this one too. I like how he makes me reexamine things I’ve never given much thought to.

  10. I’ve really enjoyed the Gladwell books so I’m sure I’ll like this one too. I like how he makes me reexamine things I’ve never given much thought to.

  11. I have not read any essay collections and this one sounds good!

  12. I have not read any essay collections and this one sounds good!

  13. Ooh, I didn’t know this one was out! I’ve read his books and really enjoyed them – going to snap this up. Thanks!

  14. Ooh, I didn’t know this one was out! I’ve read his books and really enjoyed them – going to snap this up. Thanks!

  15. I like him, but your review has left me feeling a little ambivalent about picking this one up. Maybe I’ll library it.

  16. I like him, but your review has left me feeling a little ambivalent about picking this one up. Maybe I’ll library it.

  17. Sounds like a good collection. I hadn’t got a gist of what this was about. And your review gave me a little to drool over. Thanks.

  18. Sounds like a good collection. I hadn’t got a gist of what this was about. And your review gave me a little to drool over. Thanks.

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