What the Dog Saw

What the Dog Saw

And Other Adventure Stories

Book - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316075848
Characteristics: xv, 410 p. ; 21 cm

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JCLJoyceM Apr 06, 2016

Gladwell explores diverse topics, so there is likely to be something of interest to most people, and other items you'll want to skip. I was fascinated by his interviews with Ron Popeil and Cesar Millan and why they are outstanding in their respective fields. The safety discussion was interesting: safety features often lead to less real safety due to humans' propensity to take risks. But I'm not so interested in sports analyses and why college football standouts don't translate to NFL heroes.

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DigitalDiva
May 07, 2015

Because I was mesmerized by Gladwell's recent David & Goliath, I had to read What the Dog Saw. Although WTDS was somewhat interesting and thought provoking, especially the history of "the pill", it was not as engrossing as D & G. Trying to keep in mind that WTDS was Gladwell's earlier work by a decade, I tried not to be too disappointed. Hearing Gladwell read the book is easy due to his calm and soothing voice.

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danielestes
May 04, 2015

This collection of New Yorker articles from Malcolm Gladwell is perhaps the least noteworthy of all his books, and yet it's another brilliant win from one of my favorite authors. I burned right through it. With Gladwell, I rarely preview what topic he's written about. I'm happy to sit back and follow his lead.

My favorite essays were The Pitchman, The Ketchup Conundrum, Blowing Up, John Rock's Error, Open Secrets, Million-Dollar Murray, The Art of Failure, Blowup and Late Bloomers.

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lilwordworm
Mar 11, 2011

I am a huge Gladwell fan. His is a great storyteller, provocative but not didactic. This is a collection of stories. I must admit I found the Outlier more interesting, but that’s a personal preference and not a comment on his style.

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Lauren31
Nov 22, 2010

Could not get through this book at all. The essays seemed to drag on too much. Guess I am not a Gladwell fan, as much as I would like to be.

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velvetcactus
Jun 08, 2010

The first Gladwell book I did not read in toto. Meanders far too much and bogged down in superfluous detail.There's something to be said for effective editing-can Coles Notes be far off?

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jmikesmith
Mar 18, 2010

This is a collection of some of Malcolm Gladwell's essays from "The New Yorker" magazine over the past 15 years or so. He breaks the essays down into three broad categories: influential people you may not have heard of, how hard it is to predict the future, and how we evaluate people in various situations. As always, Gladwell has a witty and elegant style that is easy to read. He finds the obscure connections between ideas that you never knew were connected. The essays tend to show that our world is much more complicated than we realize and the causes of many effects, particularly in economics, politics, and culture, aren't nearly as obvious as we think.

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Kjarstar
Feb 24, 2010

Great book! Interesting ideas, but the last few chapters felt like they were added on for the purpose of increasing the word count.

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Dec 10, 2009

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