Publisher: Hachette book
Isbn-10: 0316076325 | Isbn-13: 9780316076326 | Publish date: 01/10/2009 | Edition 1
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張瑞棋 said on Nov 07, 2013, 09:59
爪子 said on Sep 05, 2013, 13:11
I borrowed this book because I wanted to read some English non-fictions. Some of the essays are really interesting, while some are little bit boring.
I am really impressed by John Rock's Error, the one on birth-control pill, which reveals that women a century ago normally only menstruated about a hundred times in their lives, comparing with four hundred times for women nowadays. How unfair!
Blowing up is another interesting story on the investment market. I am glad that I have pulled out from it altogether. It seems that even a guru who has accumulated a vast fortune can easily lose it in a blink. In the author's example: a guy who is long on bonds was very happily making money on 364 days. One day, lightning strikes and he loses five times what he made.
ausone said on Jul 25, 2013, 09:01
Holf91 said on Aug 25, 2012, 13:03
阿仁 said on Apr 30, 2012, 15:02
Yes, most of these stories are a great read (only one I did not find that interesting, about hairpaint; somehow I did not connect to the subject). I guess I like The Art of Failure best. Failure is a very under communicated subject, I think.
“Kreeping determinism” by Fischoff reminds me of the Black Swann by Taleb, who is also featured in the book. Since Gladwell also refers to Lawrance Lessig’ book on Free Culture, in Something Borrowed, I better put that book on my ‘to read’ list as well.
BTW check for a digital version at http://www.gladwell.com/archive.html (I have a Dutch version of the book, for anyone who prefers paper). A great read, on a sandy beach… still found some sand when I just opened the book.
Jw. said on Jan 07, 2012, 20:16
This is a good book to inspire you thinking in depth & ask questions for most extraordinary things about us and our world.
Connecting the Dots: Steps to steps analysis telling you why people can't make accurate predication. People tend to give unambiguous answers to the question and it just against people thinking with logic.
The Art of Failures: Give you explanations why some people choke & other panic. Both are failures but it is difference.
BlowUp: Who could be blamed for a disaster? In most cases, there is nobody. Is there any chance to improve the system by any measures? It is the mindset.
Late Bloomers: It is not similar to those genius, whose could doing somethings creative. The success of the late bloomers is highly contingent on the efforts of others. In most cases, it is a love story. ^_^
Most Likely to Succeed: People going to have job interview, it is a must read chapter.
Alex Yu said on Dec 23, 2011, 07:47
Reader said on Nov 18, 2011, 17:58
Stefan Garcia said on Sep 30, 2011, 08:46
Not bad, however, not what I expected. I was listening to it, and would have finished it but one of the CDs was damaged. Not interested enough to check it out again. I was hoping for a Paul Harveyesque "now here's the rest of the story" (with out, of course, the Amway plugs. I felt that some of the subjects fell short of my expectations--hoping for a "truth stranger than fiction."
mlbleichwehl said on Sep 27, 2011, 01:45