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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 20th century?

In the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has written three books that have radically changed how we understand our world
Hardcover, Large Print, 444 pages
Published October 20th 2009 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 2009)
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Jan 02, 2016 Diane rated it really liked it
This is an interesting collection of Malcolm Gladwell's writings that were originally published in The New Yorker. In the preface, Gladwell says this collection includes his favorite articles. I've read most of his books, and What the Dog Saw is a similarly fun mix of popular sociology, psychology, economics, social history and marketing. My favorite articles in the bunch were the ones on Ron Popeil, hair color, Cesar Millan, homelessness, plagiarism, criminal profiling and pit bulls.

Gladwell i
Nov 02, 2012 K. rated it really liked it
In What the Dog Saw, Gladwell offers a treasure chest of gems, each shining brightly on their own. In each essay, Gladwell usually starts with one puzzling situation and then adds information and other narratives to complicate the topic. Then the first situation resurfaces midway and at the conclusion, helping to bring the topic to closure. Most of the time, his underlying thesis runs along the lines of "Wow, things are a lot more complicated or a lot more simple than they seem." He's obsessed w ...more
I’m very fond of Malcolm Gladwell’s writing. It is hard for me to not gush about someone who is living a life I would love to live. I guess I should feel jealous of him, but instead I just feel grateful to know that someone can live that life.

And I really love his writing. He is a writer who never leaves his readers behind, who is always beautifully clear and who structures what he has to say in ways that not only compel you to go on reading, but also so he takes you by the hand and makes sure
Sep 03, 2012 Ryan rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
"One day, I'll find a lively, out-of-context anecdote that superficially explains why Malcolm Gladwell bugs me. Until then? I guess he wins."
— Merlin Mann
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What The Dog Saw is a series of catchy social-science essays by Malcom Gladwell, best known for his long-form books The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers. The book's essays are culled from a decade worth of his writing in The New Yorker.

I'm on the fence about Malcolm Gladwell. On one hand, his books are thought-provoking and enjoyable. O
Riku Sayuj
Oct 01, 2012 Riku Sayuj rated it it was amazing
Probably the best Malcolm Gladwell book that I've read, and I've read them all.
S.Baqer Al-Meshqab
Sep 24, 2016 S.Baqer Al-Meshqab rated it really liked it
This could be my least favorite book for Gladwell. In my opinion, it is usually hard to construct a book that is likeable enough, out of a collection of articles or blogs. I honestly didn't expect too much out of it.

However, being my least favorite doesn't make it bad. It is actually good, real good. For a book that compiles several titles, Galdwell did a good job in explaining each idea and support it with social experiments and Statistics. I can't say that I liked EVERY article, because I didn
Apr 22, 2011 Thomas rated it really liked it
Not my typical reading fare - you can tell by the dearth of nonfiction on my Goodreads shelf and the time it took me to read this. What the Dog Saw is divided into three sections: Part 1 - Obsessives, Pioneers, and Other Varieties of Minor Genius, Part 2 - Theories, Predictions, and Diagnoses, and Part 3 - Personality, Character, and Intelligence.

I didn't enjoy Part 1 as much as 2 or 3 because I could not connect with the anecdotes or the characters within each short story. They weren't actual f
Tania Lukinyuk
Apr 13, 2011 Tania Lukinyuk rated it really liked it
I finally-finally finished it! But not because it is boring - it is collection of articles by Gladwell, so it does not go down like one single book. All articles clearly demonstrate inquisitive mind and quick wit of Gladwell, but not all of them are of equal interest and thrill. Some articles feel like they are concocted out of thin air, some are too plain and unexcited. But I was fascinated by the stories of colorant revolution in the US, value of talent and specifics of human perceptions at jo ...more
Sep 11, 2011 Robert rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
I didn't buy this book because it is a collection of already published articles, nearly all of which I have read already. But I saw it at the library and decided to read it anyway. What a wonderfully fun experience.
There are quite a few criticism I could make of these articles. Gladwell is a storyteller and sometimes lets telling a good story take precedence over reality. In his case, this usually means making all of the pieces fit together just so, instead of revealing the messy way that the w
Feb 10, 2010 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Richard by: Trevor McCandless
Shelves: nonfiction, cognition
I hadn't realized this was a collection of Gladwell's essays, many (most? all?) have seen publication in the New Yorker. I found this out while reading the New York Times essay on the book, Malcolm Gladwell, Eclectic Detective, by none other than Steven Pinker. His evaluation of What the Dog Saw is mostly laudatory pretty hostile*, although and he takes the opportunity to get a dig in at Outliers:
The reasoning in “Outliers,” which consists of cherry-picked anecdotes, post-hoc sophistry and false
Jul 24, 2011 Cortney rated it really liked it
I know, I know. Malcolm Gladwell brings out extremes in readers. In one camp, you have rabid fans who think he is a transcendent genius, who will change previously held beliefs on the strength of one carefully crafted and engaging TED talk. On the other, you have cynics who sneer at the lemmings who behave as I previously described and dismiss him as a pop psychologist. Ok, perhaps that was even more extreme in my description, but the point is I'm in the middle. If one thinks of him as a philoso ...more
Loy Machedo
Dec 06, 2011 Loy Machedo rated it liked it
After being rejected by more than a dozen advertising agencies, Malcolm Gladwell went from obscurity to literary reverence. I mean the guy can write. Not just write but write about stuff we take so for granted and wish we had asked the same questions he asks.

One of the most imaginative non-fiction writers of our times, a man who not has had 3 best sellers and a title to die for (being judged as the Time magazine’s 100 most influential people) – his strength is his innate ability to make his read
Mar 03, 2010 Julie rated it really liked it
I've got to hand it to Malcolm Gladwell; the man knows how to engage his reader. What the Dog Saw is a collection of articles Gladwell has written over the last ten years or so, each about 20-30 pages. Frankly, I think this is the perfect length for his writings, long enough to delve into the topic, but not so long that it feels he's making the same point over and over. The Time review called Gladwell "an omniscient, many-armed Hindu god of anecdotes," and that's actually what it feels like to r ...more
Feb 27, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
A little background: I really love Malcolm Gladwell. I was first introduced to him through my Persuasion class I took while studying abroad last summer. We had to read Blink, his first published book; it was one of the most interesting books I have ever read for a class. He is no stranger to writing, though. His full-time occupation is as a journalist for the New Yorker.

Why is he so amazing, might you ask? I'll tell you. Malcolm Gladwell has this amazing ability in his writing to find things tha
Jun 05, 2011 Punk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, essays, ebook
Non-Fiction. A collection of essays previously published in The New Yorker, with publication dates ranging from 1997 to 2008.

Gladwell is at his pop science best here, taking on Enron, corporate hiring practices, pitbulls, homelessness, Cesar Millan, plagiarism, and the hair color industry. He even manages to make stock options transparent for a while. As always, his writing is deft, easy, and accessible.

I particularly enjoyed the piece on the Morris-Popeil (of the Ron Popeil Popeils) Dynasty, th
Малкълм Гладуел не случайно е една от звездите на списание New Yorker. Той е журналист, известен с новаторския си подход към теми, за които сякаш няма какво повече да се каже. Или изобщо няма какво да се каже. Като боята за коса, например. В нея на пръв поглед няма нищо интересно, но не и за добрия журналист, който знае, че материал може да се напише за всичко, стига да откриеш собствената си и уникална гледна точка към темата. Така например се оказва, че в началото с кутийката боя за коса милио ...more
Feb 07, 2010 Mark rated it really liked it
Malcolm Gladwell has become a "hot" non-fiction writer, although he has obviously been around for a while. His recent books "Blink", "The Tipping Point", and "Outliers" have been hugely successful. I found his latest "What the Dog Saw" in the library. When writers finally hit their stride, some of their earlier work gets re-published. These are short essays he wrote over the last 20 years.
Gladwell's appeal is that he is a charming "geek" (just look at him!) who picks unusual subjects and makes
Jun 27, 2010 ucha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
review 1#

lima alasan untuk lima bintang

bagus tidaknya tulisan bukan dinilai dari kekuatan kemampuannya meyakinkan. sukses tidaknya dinilai dari kekuatan kemampuannya untuk membuat Anda terlibat, berpikir, memberi kilasan mengenai isi kepala orang lain - bahkan jika pada akhirnya Anda simpulkan bahwa kepala orang lain itu bukan tempat yang Anda ingin datangi. -m.gladwell-

Akhirnya petualangan dengan buku ini terselesaikan juga, sejak pengantar hingga cerita terakhir,tulisan2 Gladwell sangat menar
Kenny Tang
MMmmm... Leftover scraps... This book felt like a forced dish of leftovers from other books or articles. It lacked a clear central theme to derive a clear lesson unlike other books in Gladwell's collection like Tipping Point (Small things builds critical mass and changes norm), Blink (Small samples can help make valuable decisions), Outliers (10,000 hours of practice to achieve greatness). This book was just a mish-mash of stories, some good, some so so, but mostly unrelated or at least I was to ...more
Sep 15, 2010 Kiwiflora rated it liked it
What makes the writing of Malcolm Gladwell so interesting and compelling to read is that he looks at the everyday stuff of life just a little bit differently from the rest of us. He must have been an incredibly curious child, probably driving his parents completely crazy with question after question about absolutely everything. And most of the stuff he writes about is stuff that from time to time may flash through our minds, but there it stops. In 'Outliers', for example, he looks at why Asians ...more
Eileen Souza
Nov 09, 2009 Eileen Souza rated it really liked it
Another solidly enjoyable book from Malcolm Gladwell! He's definitely in my top 5 "I can count on a good book by..." list.

This is a compilation of New Yorker articles that he has written over the last 15 years. There were riveting chapters on why the Pill is a monthly medication (and it's impact on women - basically quadrupling the number of lifetime periods, and directly correlating to cancers), another on why there are many different mustard types, but there's only Heinz ketchup (actually quit
Aug 30, 2016 Sterlingcindysu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main thing I got from this book is that I miss magazines and being able to read an article on a subject I'd never thought about, and learn something in 15 minutes. If I told you "choking is when you overthink a situation and panicking is when you stop thinking" that doesn't carry the same weight as reading one of these articles, yet that is how most of us get information anymore, in short slideshows, bulletin points and twitter feeds.

I read this over time--as a monthly magazine would have b
Nov 17, 2012 Ensiform rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A collection of Gladwell’s articles from “The New Yorker” – musings on what makes people tick, why some ideas fail, and how well we can predict a person’s success in a particular field, profiles of leaders, “obsessives,” and quirky geniuses. As with all of Gladwell’s books, he turns every story into a human-interest story, every idea into a lesson about what humans believe in their innermost souls. So the tireless Ron Popeil (of Ronco fame) and Cesar Milan and the female copy writers behind hair ...more
Mar 12, 2010 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike Outliers, The Tipping Point, or Blink, Malcom Gladwell's newest book What the Dog Saw isn't an examination of one topic cut from whole cloth, but rather an eclectic mix of articles that originally appeared in The New Yorker. In it he examines everything from why it's impossible to improve on Ketchup, why Enron's failure was a mystery but not a puzzle, what makes for a good dog trainer, and what FBI criminal profilers have in common with psychics. It's good stuff.

The format of What the Dog
Every time I read Malcolm Gladwell's work, it makes me think about my life and what is going on around me with a slightly bigger lens. Often, there is something in his work that makes me want to sit up a little straighter and work a little harder.

This book was a collection of his articles written for the New Yorker magazine. All of these pieces were interesting and fun to read. You don't necessarily need to agree with everything in them to enjoy them.

The value of the articles here is not in th
Josh Meares
Jan 25, 2011 Josh Meares rated it really liked it
What the Dog Saw is a compilation of Malcolm Gladwell's best writing for the New Yorker. As always, Gladwell's work is informative, provocative, and fun to read. While I don't always agree with Gladwell's opinions, I always enjoy reading them.

In this work, my favorite piece was called "John Rocks Error: What the Inventor of Birth Control Didn't Know About Women's Health". This may surprise you because I'm not a woman, and I'm not really interested in birth control. I am very interested in the cu
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Curious people
This is a series of essays, non-fiction. They were very smart and interesting.

1.) The Pitchman is a about a salesman.

2.) The Ketchup Conundrum is about how tastes are developed and how people deal with challenges to that developed taste.

3.) Blowing Up is about investment strategy, it's kind of boring.

4.) True Colors. This is about hair dye and advertising. I liked it.

5.) John Rock's Error. This was about birth control. He raises some interesting points, but I don't know if I agree with all
There seems to have been a bit of a backlash against Malcolm Gladwell during the last year, but this book, a collection of his New Yorker pieces, reminds us why he achieved such prominence to begin with. Gladwell's particular talent is to take a subject which might seem initially to be irredeemably dull and to poke at it from all sides until he locates the particular angle which will allow him to tell a story, simultaneously entertaining and edifying his readers. There's a little more to it than ...more
Cassandra Kay Silva
Mar 28, 2011 Cassandra Kay Silva rated it really liked it
I always pick up this guys books, and at this point he could write about almost anything and I think I would be engaged by it. I really just like his writing. It feels like a guilty pleasure even though its non fiction. This one is a little more disjointed than his other books, but it is of course still chock full of good information, that is always clearly his own.
Duy Nguyen
Mar 15, 2016 Duy Nguyen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Chỉ có 4 từ để nói về cuốn sách này, "quan sát cực tốt". Gladwell không chỉ quan sát mà còn đi sâu đến cùng vấn đề mà ông quan sát được, bóc tách và cố gắng hiểu nó, từ đấy mở ra một góc nhìn khác, rộng hơn và đa chiều hơn. Đây là một điều cần thiết cho tất cả chúng ta khi cuộc sống vốn dĩ không bao giờ là 1+2=2.
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Malcolm Gladwell is a United Kingdom-born, Canadian-raised journalist now based in New York City. He is a former business and science writer at the Washington Post. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. He is best known as the author of the books The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (2000), Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005), Outliers ...more
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