What The Dog Saw: And Other Adventures

Paperback | December 14, 2010

byMalcolm Gladwell

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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 20thcentury?
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; andOutliers.Now, inWhat the Dog Saw, he brings together, for the first time, the best of his writing fromTheNew Yorkerover 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 Sawis yet another example of the buoyant spirit and unflagging curiosity that have made Malcolm Gladwell our most brilliant investigator of the hidden extraordinary.

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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 20thcentury?In the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has written three books that have radicall...

Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer with theNew Yorkermagazine since 1996. He is the author ofThe Tipping Point,Blink,andOutliers, all of which were number oneNew York Timesbestsellers. Prior to joining theNew Yorker, he was a reporter with theWashington Post, where he covered business, science, and then served as the newspaper's ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.25 inPublished:December 14, 2010Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A compelling read I found "What the Dog Saw" in the rotating collection of books on my brother's bathroom counter. I am not usually compelled by non-fiction, but a short read of the inside flap while I brushed my teeth had me flipping to the introduction on my way to bed. I finished the introduction at 2am, well past my bedtime, and forced myself not to begin chapter 1 until the next day. The book continued to interest me, more or less, through it's entirety. Gladwell covers a wide range of socio-political topics with his selection of articles, some of which I found fascinating (Blowup: Who Can be Blamed for a Disaster like the Challenger Explosion? No One, and we'd Better Get Used to It, Open Secrets: Enron, Intelligence, and the Perils of Too Much Information, Something Borrowed: Should a Charge of Plagiarism Ruin Your Life?, Dangerous Minds: Criminal Profiling Made Easy), others which were completely out of my realm, but interesting none-the-less, and one that made me skip to the next chapter (Blowing Up: How Nassim Taleb Turned the Inevitability of Disaster into an Investment Strategy). But only one. I didn't expect to read this book cover to cover, but aside from that one story, I did. Besides how well it held my attention, I found that this book opened my mind to things I hadn't really thought through thoroughly. For example, the title piece "What the Dog Saw" is about Caesar Milan, the Dog Whisperer. I had been told by a dog trainer that his theories are bunk and that they make no sense in the domestic environment, but reading this story gave me a perspective on his work that I would have written off, and I'm glad for it. Another interesting tid bit that floats through my mind, though the book is long finished, is that there is a difference between choking and panicking. Oh! And I learned about first impressions, and how biased they might be. I like a book that changes me by giving me a new perspective on things I thought I had figured out! And so, I gave it a 4. It's not perfect or a book that I would read over and over, but it opened my mind and interested me in topics I would usually gloss over. Start with the inside flap and the introduction, and if they compel you at all to keep reading, I think you'll enjoy this book.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Each chapter is great A great collection of articles from Malcolm Gladwell. In his easy-to-read style, he makes us think and challenges us to consider different perspectives. Brilliant.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Hit from Gladwell! Great compilation of articles from Malcolm Gladwell. The theme focuses on how perception and how conventional thinking may be wrong. Each chapter delves into different topics analysing how things may not be what they seem. Chapters are eclectic ranging from the rise of ketchup, the shortcomings of mammograms, how pitbulls think etc...Loved it! Cannot wait for the next book by one of the best and creative thinkers around.
Date published: 2011-02-08