What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures

The non fiction book “What the Dog Saw” by Malcolm Gladwell is a fun book to read.

The book contains 19 essays that Malcolm wrote in the New Yorker spanning over 8 years I think which makes it an easy read for people with a short attention span or people who don’t have hte time to read, you read an essay, put the book aside until you are ready to read another essay.

The book is split into three parts titled:

– Minor Geniuses:
This part talks about people who are not revered in the media for their achievements but non the less are amazing at what they do. One of the examples of these people is Ron Popiel, a household name here in North America, for those who don’t know the name does the phrase ” Set it and forget it” ring a bell?

Another essay that I found VERY interesting talks about the birth of the birth control pill, honestly this essay was sooooo interesting that getting your hands on the book just to read that is worth it.

– Theories, Predictions, and Diagnoses:
This part is so fascinating. One of the essays talked about the fall of Enron, I think people will still talk about Enron 100 years from now, and what caused them to fail.

Another essay talked about true geniuses with an IQ higher than 150. their was a study done on these geniuses to track them through life expecting them to be the cream of the crop once they are older just to be shocked at the end that no, being a genius does not mean you will be successful. Pretty cool!

Another essay in this part I liked is the one discussing the failure of the challenger mission. It basically concludes that it’s not one big huge problem that causes things to fail it’s actually a chain of very ordinary small problems that create a huge failure, very interesting!

– Personality, Character, and Intelligence:
One of the essays talks about late bloomers, mostly artists and writers, and how some write/paint brilliant work and then fizz out as opposed to those who reach their 40s painting and writing full-time all through their lives with no tangible success and then BOOM become an overnight household name.

For a full list of the essays click here

This book opened my mind a bit and I felt I learned something from it and applied it to my day-to-day life.

Go to your public library today 🙂 .

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6 Responses

  1. haha, life is strange! Today I went to this Prime mega bookshop, searched for 30 mins for something interesting, and I could not find anything! I saw this book, and having an experience in Malcolm’s books I decided to go for it!

    I never really buy into what he says in his books, but I come out with my own conclusions from what he presents!

  2. Small world…my husband is reading this one!

    He told me the essay on women’s hair coloring woudl be of interest. 🙂

  3. ahaa me mama is reading this same book i already planned to “borrow” it when she is done, thanks for the review

  4. Haitham: I also read Gladwells book with an open mind.

    Kinzi: I was going to mention that one but I didn’t want the post to be too long, what I loved about the hair color essay are the ad campaigns and how they managed to change the idea that hair color was only for loose women. also the phrases they used in the ad campaign are still being used to this day.

    melicieuse: I hope you enjoy it!

  5. I just read the birth control part, fascinating! He left out one important part of the Catholic issue: the pill can also keep a fertilized egg from implanting.

    Imagine being pregnant or seriously breast feeding for such a length of time. The cancer link was wild!!

    Now I am reading the Clairol part. Having just had my hair highlighted last week 🙂

  6. kinzi: That was soooo fascinating, to know that it is not natural for women to have their periods at the rate women do now, isn’t it crazy!

    Let me know what you think of the Clairol essay

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