March 13, 2005
News & Opinion: BOOK REVIEW: Blink
My first thoughts after reading this book, is that it seems to be something of a contradiction. Gladwell analyzed every little detail of the case studies he presented, to prove to you that you don't need to (thin slices Malcolm).
At some points we're told not to trust what we hear, because people, involuntarily, make stuff up. The next minute we're presented with a policeman explaining what went through his head in a split-second that caused him not to shoot a suspect, as proof of a totally different point. Personally I think the guy just crapped himself and froze up. The point though, is that the content in this book is just riddled with holes and contradictions like this.
I love reading a good book, and while I believe the author was clutching at straws with the content, I thought he presented those straws with the mastery of a thriller writer, I just couldn't put it down. As far as I'm concerned that's more than enough to warrant giving it a read. Also, as Todd S. has shown, it's a really great book to start a conversation with. So I'm with him, read it.
Last word: Entertaining...!
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.