Blink : The Power Of Thinking Without Thinking (CompactDisc)

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Gladwell is Brilliant

by Jamil on 5/17/2005

The book is fantastic and Gladwell reads with energy and passion. Some audiobooks will put you to sleep with their dull monotonous readers. Not this one. Highly recommended! Read More

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thought provoking

on 4/30/2012

this is an extremely thought-provoking book, ironically about how you shouldn't really think too hard, but just let things happen by instinct. He shows lots of different and convincing examples about how this is true. However, one must think about how there are probably lots of different examples of how this is not necessarily completely the case as well. Read More

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Product Overview

From the bestselling author of "The Tipping Point" comes a groundbreaking newaudiobook about decision-making.

Specifications

Publisher Hachette Audio
Mfg Part# 9781586217198
SKU 39851394
Format CD
ISBN10 1586217194
Release Date 4/10/2007
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 5.5H x 5L x 1T
Author Info
Malcolm Gladwell
In his Acknowledgments to THE TIPPING POINT, Malcolm Gladwell tells how he got his dream job at the New Yorker magazine: a freelancer, he wrote a piece (which he later expanded to THE TIPPING POINT) and the editor at the time, Tina Brown, hired him "to my surprise and delight." At the New Yorker he is obligated to produce 40-50,000 words per year, he has said on his website, but he is free to write "about everything under the sun." Gladwell's two books, THE TIPPING POINT and BLINK spent many weeks on the New York Times hardcover and paperback best seller lists--sometimes appearing simultaneously. His engaging forays into pop culture and everyday life are revealing keyholes into how we live today, and since he is a good explainer he just makes things more interesting than they usually appear. Gladwell has a history degree from Trinity College, University of Toronto, and he spent years working for the Washington Post.
In his Acknowledgments to THE TIPPING POINT, Malcolm Gladwell tells how he got his dream job at the New Yorker magazine: a freelancer, he wrote a piece (which he later expanded to THE TIPPING POINT) and the editor at the time, Tina Brown, hired him "to my surprise and delight." At the New Yorker he is obligated to produce 40-50,000 words per year, he has said on his website, but he is free to write "about everything under the sun." Gladwell's two books, THE TIPPING POINT and BLINK spent many weeks on the New York Times hardcover and paperback best seller lists--sometimes appearing simultaneously. His engaging forays into pop culture and everyday life are revealing keyholes into how we live today, and since he is a good explainer he just makes things more interesting than they usually appear. Gladwell has a history degree from Trinity College, University of Toronto, and he spent years working for the Washington Post.
Praise
"BLINK moves quickly through a series of delightful stories, all about the backstage mental process we call intuition....My first impression of BLINK--in blurb-speak--was 'Fascinating! Eye-opening! Important!'....If you want to trust my snap judgment, buy this book: you'll be delighted."
"The author's great strength lies in his stories, and here he crafts a number of engaging ones....All these stories are nicely written and most inform and entertain at the same time...."
"[A] lively, wide-ranging pop treatise."
From the Publisher
Annotation Social commentator Malcolm Gladwell once again takes the pulse of contemporary experience and, in BLINK, comes up with this enlightening exploration of the role of rapid thinking in everyday life. Gladwell shows how what we call snap judgments, first impressions, or instinct are often right on target and get to the core truths. He reveals that experts call this process "thin-slicing"--the ability to dive for truth the way a basketball player grabs a loose ball on the court, cutting through layers and levels of knowledge that resist tortured analysis. He reports on current research in the fields of science and psychology, and their applications in marketing. Gladwell writes of the marriage therapist who can discern, by listening to three minutes of the parties talking to each other, whether their marriage will last, and how thin-slicing operates in a job interview or when an insurance company wants to identify which doctors are candidates for lawsuits. It might be a sense of structures and patterns, or a Sherlock Holmesian sensitivity to the messages we send out, or just the ability to filter out bad signals and bad information. Gladwell draws examples from the home, office, and school, and proceeds with care and caution through his material; his exposition is as engaging as it was in his previous book, THE TIPPING POINT. After reading Gladwell you will more likely trust your first impressions, but wonder what others are thinking, too.
First Line Some years ago, a young couple came to the University of Washington to visit the laboratory of a psychologist named John Gottman. They were in their twenties, blond and blue-eyed with stylishly tousled haircuts and funky glasses. Later, some of the people who worked in the lab would say they were the kind of couple that is easy to like--intelligent and attractive and funny, in a droll, ironic kind of way--and that much is immediately obvious from the videotape Gottman made of their visit.
Editors Note Explores the process by which people make decisions, explaining how the difference between good and bad decision making is directly related to the details on which people focus, and offers advice on how to improve decision making skills.
Product Attributes
Book Format Audio Cassette - Unabridged / Audio CD - Unabridged
Number of Pages 4
Publisher Little Brown and Company

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