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Think!: Why Crucial Decisions Can't Be Made in the Blink of an Eye

3.09  ·  Rating details ·  477 ratings  ·  94 reviews
Outraged by the downward spiral of intellect and culture, Michael LeGault offers the flip side of Malcolm Gladwell's bestselling phenomenon, Blink, which theorized that our best decision-making is done on impulse, without factual knowledge or critical analysis. If bestselling books are advising us to not think, LeGault argues, it comes as no surprise that sharp, incisive r ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 24th 2006 by Threshold Editions (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jonathan
Feb 10, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately for Mr. LeGault I actually am a student of critical thinking and I am not very impressed with his critical thinking skills. Here is why I do NOT recommend his book.

First, his criticism of Malcolm Gladwell's book, Blink, is dishonest. The point he is criticizing is not accurate, and the illustration he uses to prove his point is a very poor comparison of BlinkThink vs critical thinking skills, which is what his book is really about. In the end, it is crystal clear why he named his b
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James
Jun 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
So when I read about which promotes critical thinking and find its analysis shallow, its prose sloppy and its argument too reliant on conjecture and anecdotal evidence, it could mean that the author is brilliant in drawing out my critical faculties. Sadly, no. This was just one long whiny rant about the demise of good thinking.

LeGualt's chief selling point is a critique of Malcom Gladwell's Blink. I haven't read Blink yet, but as LeGault gave biased and superficial readings of absolutely every a
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Brian Ayres
Apr 07, 2007 rated it it was ok
I do not want to diss this book because it contains some salient points about the art of making good decisions, but in an attempt to be relevant, the author tries to piggy-back on top of the popular NYT bestseller Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, which is a psychological assessment on the art of making skilled decisions quickly. LeGault dismsses Gladwell and other psychology as new age science, saying the downfall of our country is occurring because no one knows how to be analytical and make sound dec ...more
Claire
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was ok


With a tone that was inconsistent, arguments that lacked convincing depths, and clear ideological positions that stood in contrast to the premise of the book (that we should all think more, more clearly, and more objectively), I found this book frustrating to read. While there were moments or points that had real merit, they were often lost in the indistinct inbetween, where simplistic put-downs of "radical" environmentalists and feminists, as well as comments re multiculturalism that seem to
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Clackamas
Feb 05, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who've read Blink
I had high hopes for this book but was pretty disappointed.

The thing that makes me smile is that I was let down by this book for the same reasons that I felt let down by Gladwell's Blink. There just weren't enough facts. They both read like someone was given an assignment and didn't take the time to properly research it, but instead filled the required number of pages with unsupported assertions, conventional wisdom, and anecdotes. Unlike Think though, at least Blink was entertaining.

I agree w
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Arianne Askham
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Bless him. I feel bad giving this book two stars, because LeGault clearly poured his life’s energy into this book. The low rating isn’t at all due to a bad premise, but it is simply almost impossible to get into. Written in critique of Blink, LeGault vehemently opposes Gladwell on nearly every point. He offers so many facts, quotes, and statistics that rehash the same points over and over, that it bogs down the overall narrative. Halfway through I just wanted to surrender so it would stop. I am ...more
Val Williams
Nov 09, 2008 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this book--LeGault has a great premise, which is that in order to succeed as a country, Americans must engage in critical thinking and relearn critical thinking skills instead of simply relying on sound bites, the media, etc. for information. What the book ends up being is a mishmash of great ideas with solid evidence, potshots at Malcolm Gladwell's "Blink" and an attempt to link him to feel-good psychology and political correctness, and a fairly substantial conservative/ ...more
Meghan
Mar 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
In the beginning I was constantly putting the book down - it was DENSE; it felt like reading a textbook! Then as I got further into the text I was ashamed to realize that I was exactly like the "America" LeGault was talking about - I wasn't willing to put forth the effort to really THINK about something; I'd much rather something be easy and able to "understand" in the blink of an eye. And as I continued my reading I was mortified to discover that LeGault wasn't far off the mark in classifying p ...more
T.M. Mullin
Dec 23, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book. The book jacket’s premise: “the decline of critical thinking in American life” is a topic I have been curiously about for some time. I am familiar with many of the sources Le Gault references. I read Blink and I even re-read parts of it as I read this book. I really should like Think!, but I don’t. Eighty percent of it (the first 270 of 336 pages) is a whiny, curmudgeon ranting about reality TV, video games, PC politics, pop culture, and permissive parenting. I ...more
Jeremy
Apr 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Do yourself a favor and don't read this.
Need reasons?

"The fact that the vast majority of children diagnosed with ADD or ADHD are boys naturally raises the suspicion that the trend is part of a larger feminist agenda." I don't need to give you context, just the simple understanding that this man had the gall to write that sentence.

Moving on:

"So what does it mean to say, on the basis of decades of test scores and grades, that women appear to have less "intrinsic aptitude" than men in math and the
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Toe
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
LeGault thinks thinking is good, and not thinking is bad. He cheerleads for thinking so hard that I found myself, while reading, silently chanting “T-H-I-N-K that is what we’ll do today.”

But this book does more than just extol the virtues of thinking. It also “analyz[es] the causes of the decline of logic and reasoning in American life, and . . . propos[es] solutions for stopping and reversing this slide.” The thesis is “Critical thinking depends on analysis and logic, and action. It’s a two-st
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Krishna Kumar
May 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
The author explains the need to deliberate and think carefully before making decisions. He has framed and packaged his book in direct opposition to Malcolm Gladwell’s “Blink!”. That would have been a good argument, but in fact, Gladwell had a lot of examples pointing out the PROBLEMS with making decisions with thin-slicing. The rest of the book has no thoughtful analysis of the arguments in “Blink!” – making the packaging somewhat deceptive. LeGault, instead, uses the general concept of delibera ...more
Dave Intlekofer
Apr 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Good, but had a lot of political messages (the non-existence of global warming, the craziness of feminists and environmentalists, etc.) that got annoying.
Jason Joy
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I first want to say this is not an invitation to debate. I appreciate others opinions and their points of view. I loved this book, I am not a PhD but understand the premise Gladwell makes in Blink perfectly well. He writes for itching ears and is very good at it. I love Tipping Point and used it in my business daily. I am more of a realist that seeing the Western world tuning out classical thinking and antiquated ways as modernization. We are truly devolving in the mind due to specialization and ...more
Adam
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Yeah, this was really disappointing. I think it comes down to two things: 1) the author doesn't really try to argue his opinion; he simply claims those that think differently are obviously not thinking critically and are therefore bad. It's extremely amateur and undermines the entire premise and intent of the book. Then 2) the book is dated and not only are the anecdotes and stories dated (which would be fine), but the perspective and approach is dated. During the War in Iraq and recession years ...more
Joe White
The author of this book may have awards and high acclaim, but it doesn't show here. This book needed to focus on a specific topic, and follow through by supporting that topic well. Instead of providing conclusive or even persuasive support for his ideas, the author gives examples that in many cases only tangentially fit the argument, and often are easy to argue when scrutinized. The end result of the book for me was that it resembled a windy evangelical tirade.

Where brevity would have been helpf
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Peter
May 25, 2017 added it
Shelves: insightful
So, the edition in the possession of this reviewer has 355 pages.

On page 11, perhaps Congresswoman Smith could be invited to comment on what difficulties arise from we're-us-over-here-and-we're-looking-at-what-is-going-on-over-there-and-well-you-know-whatever and how such difficulties are best handled, addressed and resolved. Would there be (m)any concerns around the content of Chapter one more generally appearing to develop arguments along the lines of well-they're-them-over-here-and-they're-no
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Paul Gardner
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it
The book, I think, failed to live up to the subtitle. It is a passionate defense of deep and critical thought, but fails to counter the Blink phenomenon, at least as it is covered in book.

The inspiration section did not help the overall cause by proving these people only came to their conclusion via critical thinking.

However, the call to arms at the end was well done and other parts of the book were engrossing. It would have been worth 4 stars if not for the miss on the subtitle.
Jim
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
While Mr. LeGault presents interesting ideas and concepts throughout the text many of them get muddled down. His political diatribes, parenting ideas and tearing down of our educational system in America dilutes the story severely. I really try to keep an open mind and listen to all sides of a point I am not sure it worked in this case.
Peter
Sep 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
Someone needs to tell Michael LeGault not to write angry. This book feels a bit like one long rant.

I wanted to like this book. I think the concept is a good one and the structure laid out in the contents was interesting but it is poorly written. Ironically for a book about critical thinking so many of the assertions made are supported by at best anecdotal evidence or a book Michael read.
Trent Gillespie
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
While I appreciate a good critique, this response of “Blink” was too long, pretentious, and felt the author was talking down to his audience. Some ideas were good, but most of the time it was short sighted.
Nicolas
Mar 24, 2021 rated it it was ok
Mostly an attempt to refute points made by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Blink. I found he missed the point of Gladwell's book and thus his book is diminished a a result. Only read this book of you've read Blink. ...more
Stanley Lee
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
best referenced book on critical thinking in a long time.
Craig Ellis
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Seemed like he was angry at Malcolm Gladwell for Blink.
Low
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bit musty but still a compelling read
Emily Cridlebaugh
Mar 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
Wowza.
John
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business-mgmt
It got a bit political, but still I did like the refutation of the "gut-reaction" thinking that is so pervasive in the world today. ...more
Andrea James
Feb 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: decision-making
This was one of my late night purchases - probably the result of snap judgement impaired by tiredness and a "it's only £2.81 including postage so the downside is minimal".

Indeed, I think the title makes it look very promising. I train people in decision-making and one of the things that I believe is that many of us rely on flawed intuition. We seem to think we can get away with listening to our gut, as it were, when we've done very little in the way of increasing our awareness of how snap judgm
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Janelle
I agree with the premise of this book, which is that we can't allow critical thinking to fall by the wayside, which it is in danger of doing in America today. This is a counterpoint to Malcolm Gladwell's paean to snap decisions and gut reactions, "Blink." However, both methods have their merits of course, and it seems the best course of thought is a sensible combination of the two. Full disclosure: I have not as of this writing read Gladwell's tome.
Content here is good—overview of critical thin
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Hillary Steckler
Feb 24, 2013 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. While the premise, that decisions require critical thinking and study, is well stated and plenty of evidence is given to support it, it is difficult to find anything that a person who already believes this would find new. I feel that while the book is not too long (336 without the notes), that it could have been cut down significantly. That the same points were discussed over and over again without much progress in the thought. However, this book did make m ...more
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