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Thin slicing Malcolm Gladwell’s “Blink”


I thought Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point – supposedly the most important book ever written about politics (or some such guff) could have and should have been filed under “statement-of-the-bleedin-obvious” and so somewhat surprised myself by recently buying Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking.

I am not saying the book is not without charm but having only read a small proportion of it, my complaints against it are piling up – shallow, manipulative, repetitive, emphasising gossip over fact and theory, calling Rupert Allason “Nigel West” and so on…

Luckily for Gladwell (I am sure he cares!) I will not be only relying on the “thin slice” of opinion, but will plough on for a bit more before deciding whether or not to go on.

PS: I am the only one who thought The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable was very poor? I really did not get beyond the thin slice of that one. Business blockbusters and me do not mix.