I found this book only mildly interesting. A bit disappointing after Outliers. I will, however, continue to read Gladwell. I like the way he tells stoI found this book only mildly interesting. A bit disappointing after Outliers. I will, however, continue to read Gladwell. I like the way he tells stories. Even if you are not that interested in the subject matter he's discussing, the stories he tells to illustrate his points will draw you in. He does a lot of research for his books and this time, I got a little lost in the details or perhaps I should say lost in the many studies that he related to make his points which are mainly that mind-reading is possible if you work at reading people's faces and that snap decisions are affected by the subconscious.
I think Gladwell was trying to explain how it is possible to know things without knowing how you know them or how it is possible to make snap judgements about people based on stereotypes without intentionally/consciously doing so.
There's nothing really new there but what was informative is that there is a science to reading people's faces and predicting what they're thinking. Similarly, it is possible to study a married couple's behavior - how they interact with each other over a very short space of time (minutes) and be able to predict with a high degree of accuracy whether that couple will get divorced. The.process of doing this is called thin-slicing. It involves keen observation and extensive knowledge of a seemingly endless number of facial expressions that allows one to interpret in split seconds (a blink) what the facial expression means or reveals about what is going on iin the mind.
After a while, the topic got a bit boring and I was glad to come to the end of this book....more
A Short History of Nearly Everything started out with a bang and contnued to amaze me to the very end.
What a fascinating, informative read!
It's all abA Short History of Nearly Everything started out with a bang and contnued to amaze me to the very end.
What a fascinating, informative read!
It's all about science - all the different branches (Chemistry, physics, microbiology, paleontology, geology, genetics, astronomy, meteorology, zoology, etc). But don't let that scare you. The book is written in simple, conversational language with just the right touch of humor. The author takes you on an exciting journey (through space, to the bottom of the ocean, to the center of the earth) and you will enjoy the ride as much as he does. I learned so much from this book. Most importantly, I learned how much I don't know! But I don't feel too badly because even our most brilliant scientists still have a lot to learn before they can unravel the mysteries of this great universe.
Frankly, I'm a little unnerved about just how much is unknown about our existance on this planet. According to the author, there is some scary stuff going on in the belly of the earth and in outer space that can change or end life on the planet as we know it, at any moment.
I can't begin to get into some of the details here. You have to read this book. Everyone must read this book....more
I seem to like sad books. This one is sad. The writing is original, unfussy and matter-of-fact. It gets the message across very poignantly of how it fI seem to like sad books. This one is sad. The writing is original, unfussy and matter-of-fact. It gets the message across very poignantly of how it feels to suddenly lose a loved one. Joan Didion's husband of 40 years died suddenly of cardiac arrest while sitting at the dinner table one night. They seemed to have had a pretty special and loving relationship. Her whole world turned upside down from that moment but she tells the story in an undramatic, sort of detached way. Nevertheless, the pain and disorientation she feels is evident to the reader.
I had been wanting to read this book for a while after hearing much about it in the media. I bought it several months ago and finally picked it up to read a few days ago. It is a very quick read that I think would most be appreciated by a mature audience.
This is stuff of real life and well worth the hours spent between the pages....more
I shall be reading more from this author. I really liked this book. Gladwell is an original thinker with fresh ideas about what it takes to be successI shall be reading more from this author. I really liked this book. Gladwell is an original thinker with fresh ideas about what it takes to be successful. He drills down beneath the surface and gets the reader to think in new ways. Everyone should read this book....more