The book was divided into three parts. The first part was about some products (such as the color dye and the pills) and the history of their inventors. It was a bit too informative and boring.
The second part and thrid part were about some well received generalized theories on predictions, traits and personalities. These were more related to our daily lives and read like a psychology book. They were also full of new insights into areas we are familiar with and normally thought we knew well about. The author carried out extensive research and interviews with many professionals in order to support the new perspectives. Most of the chapters inspired the readers to think.
I particularly like :-
"The Picture Problem" - more visual information does not necessarily help solving a problem
"Million-Dollar Murray" - why we use more money to manage a problem rather than less to solve it more effectively?
"The Art of Failure" - the difference between two causes of failure: choke (use too much brain) and panic (unexperienced)
"Dangerous Minds" - what is criminal profiling and why it doesn't work actually
"The New-boy Network" - what is the problem of interviewing from psychology perspective.
However, for the purpose of acknowledgement, the many names and posts and background of the people inevitably written in the content often disrupted a smooth reading....Continua
I have read the tipping point and like how the author put things together to explain a concept. However, i was quite disappointed by this book. I realized that this book is a collection of the articles the author posted up in newspaper/magazines after I started. The topics are kind of scattered around. There are quite a lot of difficult terms for readers to whom English is the second language.
I like the last session more which talks more on the observations of the personal side....Continua
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....Continua
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....Continua
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....Continua