Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Review & Giveaway: What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell

Recommended for: business & non-fiction readers

My rating: 3/5

My thoughts:

Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996 and What the Dog Saw is a collection of 19 articles that he considers his favorites. The book is broken down into 3 sections:
  • Obessives, Pioneers & Other Varieties of Minor Genius

  • Theories, Predictions & Diagnoses

  • Personality, Character & Intelligence (overall I found this was my favorite)

The articles I enjoyed the most were:

The Ketchup Conundrum - NOW I know why kids think ketchup goes with everything!

Cesar Millan & the Movements of Mastery - I am in awe at The Dog Whisperer, it was fun to read about his background & why what he does works!

The Picture Problem - This is a perfect example of what I love about Galdwell's writing: his ability to tie together things that aren't normally consider to be related at all. Here he uses mammography, air force raids & the Iraq war. Do we depend on pictures too much? The problem is that pictures require interpretation.

I have loved Malcolm Gladwell's previous works: Tipping Point, Blink & more recently Outliers. That being said, I have not read any of his The New Yorker pieces before. Sadly, I didn't get the same WOW factor after reading this book and in the end, there were a few that I just skimmed.

Thanks to the generous people at Hachette Book Group, I have ONE copy to giveaway!

Contest end date: November 3rd, 2009

Contest rules:
  • you MUST BE A FOLLOWER to join. It's super easy, just click on the follow box on the right hand side if you don't follow already!

  • open to Canadian & US addresses only (no P.O. Boxes)

  • leave a comment letting me know if you've heard of Malcolm Gladwell (I'm just being nosey, this doesn't affect your chances of winning) with your email address as I will contact the winner by email. Should you win, you have 48 hrs to respond, otherwise I will pick another winner.

  • Additional entries:
    +1 for promoting the contest on your blog
    +1 for tweeting the giveaway(include me in the tweet: @hefollowedme)
    +1 for referring a friend (just get them to mention your name & blog)

  • Good luck everyone!!


    1. Hey Mel,
      I am a follower and would love to be entered. I need to read that Ketchup article. My son is addicted!

      I have heard of him but have never read him. All of his books sell really well at the bookstore that I work at.

      I'm more curious now to read him.


    2. No need to enter me but the book sounds cool :)

    3. I've read mixed reviews on this one but it's Malcolm Gladwell so I know I won't be able to resist.

    4. Michelle - yes I never knew how perfect ketchup is from a business/scientific perspective! Ketchup pretty much goes on everything for my boys too!

      Juju ~ Gladwell is always interesting

      B ~ I was disappointed BUT it could be all his fault for setting the bar so high with his other books ;) I would still buy it for my Gladwell collection in the library though:)

    5. Saw this book last night at Borders and would like to read this book but never heard of Malcolm Gladwell!


    6. I have heard of Malcolm Gladwell's book Outliers, but have not read any of his books yet. Please enter me for this giveaway. I am a follower.
      ludeluh at yahoo dot com

    7. I posted this giveaway on my blog here:

      ludeluh at yahoo dot com

    8. Please count me in. I am a follower.

      I have read 2 of Malcolm Gladwell's books- Blink and Outliers.

      simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

    9. Believe it or not I've never heard of him!! Maybe I'll win and become a lover of his books!!!

      I'm a follower.

      mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

    10. My husband is always gone on and on about Gladwell. I'd love to win this for him.
      stacybooks at yahoo

    11. Malcolm Gladwell has some interesting takes on things. He's definitely worth reading, for sure! Outliers was good and I need to check out his other books now.

    12. I have never ead any of his stuff, but would love the chance

    13. Big Gladwell fan and would love to win the book. But regardless am enjoying your blog. If you have time please visit mine at