Malcolm Gladwell's favorite books

  • Irresistible

    Irresistible

    Irresistible

    Adam Alter
    Social Science
    3.88 (8,756)

    Prologue: Never get high on your own supply --Part 1: What is behavioral addiction and where did it come from?.The rise of behavioral addiction --The addict in all of us --The biology of behavioral addiction --Part 2: The ingredients of behavioral addiction (or, how to engineer an addictive experience).Goals --Feedback --Progress --Escalation --Cliffhangers --Social Interaction --Part 3: The future of behavior addiction (and some solutions).Nipping addictions at birth --Habits and architecture --Gamification --Epilogue.

    Malcolm Gladwell

    Adam Alter's brilliant book on digital addiction is out... One of my favorite books of the year.

    Mar 8, 2017 — Source

  • Strangers to Ourselves

    Strangers to Ourselves

    Strangers to Ourselves

    Timothy D. Wilson
    Psychology
    3.96 (1,809)

    A tour of the human unconsciousness as defined by contemporary psychology explains that it is comprised of sophisticated mental processes, identifying a gap between self-knowledge and reality, and warning about the dangers of too much introspection. (Psychology & Self-Help)

    Malcolm Gladwell

    One of the loveliest, most insightful books about social psychology that I ever read.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • A Wanted Man

    A Wanted Man

    A Wanted Man

    Lee Child
    Fiction
    4.03 (69,642)

    Hitching a ride to Virginia in a car with three strangers, Jack Reacher finds himself unwittingly involved in a massive conspiracy that makes him a threat.

    Malcolm Gladwell

    I read all of Lee Child’s books ... Those are fantastic.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • The Midnight Line

    The Midnight Line

    The Midnight Line

    Lee Child
    Fiction
    4.06 (69,710)

    When Jack Reacher finds a West Point class ring in a pawn shop in Wisconsin, he starts searching for Major Serena Sanderson and fights his way through a biker gang and a South Dakota gangster to Wyoming.

    Malcolm Gladwell

    I read all of Lee Child’s books ... Those are fantastic.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • Die Trying

    Die Trying

    Die Trying

    Lee Child
    Fiction
    4.04 (117,635)

    Former military policeman Jack Reacher is abducted on the streets of a Chicago suburb, along with a woman and a dentist, by two mysterious men.

    Malcolm Gladwell

    I read all of Lee Child’s books ... Those are fantastic.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • The Paris Architect

    The Paris Architect

    The Paris Architect

    Charles Belfoure
    Fiction
    4.01 (49,625)

    A Parisian architect is paid handsomely to devise secret hiding spaces for Jews in his Nazi-occupied country but struggles with risking his life for a cause he is ambivalent towards, until a personal failure brings home their suffering.

    Malcolm Gladwell

    It is a beautiful and elegant account of an ordinary man's unexpected and reluctant descent into heroism during the second world war.

    Aug 18, 2017 — Source

  • Blue Moon

    Blue Moon

    Blue Moon

    Lee Child
    Fiction
    3.96 (53,580)

    Reacher is on a Greyhound bus, minding his own business, with no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there. Then he steps off the bus to help an old man who is obviously just a victim waiting to happen. But you know what they say about good deeds. Now Reacher wants to make it right. An elderly couple have made a few well-meaning mistakes, and now they owe big money to some very bad people. One brazen move leads to another, and suddenly Reacher finds himself a wanted man in the middle of a brutal turf war between rival Ukrainian and Albanian gangs. Reacher has to stay one step ahead of the loan sharks, the thugs, and the assassins. He teams up with a fed-up waitress who knows a little more than she's letting on, and sets out to take down the powerful and make the greedy pay. It's a long shot. The odds are against him. But Reacher believes in a certain kind of justice...the kind that comes along once in a blue moon.

    Malcolm Gladwell

    I read all of Lee Child’s books ... Those are fantastic.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • Merchant Princes

    Merchant Princes

    Merchant Princes

    Leon A. Harris
    Business & Economics

    A compelling history of America's famous Jewish shopkeeping families shows how the Filenes, Gimbels, Marcuses, and others created renowned retail empires out of small pushcart beginnings, powerfully evoking the social changes that were transforming America early in the century. Reprint.

    Malcolm Gladwell

    It's fantastic. It’s about everything I’m interested in.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • Nothing to Lose

    Nothing to Lose

    Nothing to Lose

    Lee Child
    Fiction
    3.92 (58,532)

    When he arrives in the small town of Despair, Colorado, Jack Reacher finds himself taking on an entire town as he searches for the truths behind its sinister connection to a brutal war that is killing Americans many miles away.

    Malcolm Gladwell

    I read all of Lee Child’s books ... Those are fantastic.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • Night School

    Night School

    Night School

    Lee Child
    Fiction

    Includes an excerpt from the author's The midnight line.

    Malcolm Gladwell

    I read all of Lee Child’s books ... Those are fantastic.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • Killing Floor

    Killing Floor

    Killing Floor

    Lee Child
    Fiction

    Ex-MP Jack Reacher goes into action to find his brother's killers after a series of brutal crimes terrorize tiny Margrave, Georgia, only to uncover the dark and deadly conspiracy concealed behind the town's peaceful facade.

    Malcolm Gladwell

    I read all of Lee Child’s books ... Those are fantastic.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • The Sentinel
    Malcolm Gladwell

    I read all of Lee Child’s books ... Those are fantastic.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • The Blind Side

    The Blind Side

    The Blind Side

    Michael Lewis
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.15 (89,735)

    "Lewis has such a gift for storytelling... he writes as lucidly for sports fans as for those who read him for other reasons."--Janet Maslin, New York Times When we first meet Michael Oher is one of thirteen children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or how to read or write. He takes up football, and school, after a rich, white, Evangelical family plucks him from the streets. Then two great forces alter Oher: the family's love and the evolution of professional football itself into a game in which the quarterback must be protected at any cost. Our protagonist becomes the priceless package of size, speed, and agility necessary to guard the quarterback's greatest vulnerability: his blind side.

    Malcolm Gladwell

    as close to perfect

    Nov 5, 2014 — Source

  • Make Me

    Make Me

    Make Me

    Lee Child
    Fiction
    3.99 (63,656)

    When he teams up with Michelle Chang, Jack Reacher finds himself involved in a private investigation that has turned lethal.

    Malcolm Gladwell

    I read all of Lee Child’s books ... Those are fantastic.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • The Affair

    The Affair

    The Affair

    Lee Child
    Fiction
    4.10 (89,486)

    With Reacher, #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child has created "a series that stands in the front rank of modern thrillers" (The Washington Post). Everything starts somewhere. . . . For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A lonely railroad track. A crime scene. A coverup. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover--to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control. Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice--and an appetite for secrets. Uncertain they can trust one another, Reacher and Deveraux reluctantly join forces. Reacher works to uncover the truth, while others try to bury it forever. The conspiracy threatens to shatter his faith in his mission, and turn him into a man to be feared. A novel of unrelenting suspense that could only come from the pen of #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child, The Affair is the start of the Reacher saga, a thriller that takes Reacher--and his readers--right to the edge . . . and beyond.

    Malcolm Gladwell

    I read all of Lee Child’s books ... Those are fantastic.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession
    Malcolm Gladwell

    I reread Malcolm's 'Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession' just to remind myself how nonfiction is supposed to be done.

    Nov 5, 2014 — Source

  • The Looking Glass War

    The Looking Glass War

    The Looking Glass War

    John le Carré
    Fiction
    3.73 (11,926)

    "First published in Great Britain by William Heinemann Ltd. 1965"--T.p. verso.

    Malcolm Gladwell

    you should start with John Le Carre, of course, and read his first five books.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • Gone Tomorrow

    Gone Tomorrow

    Gone Tomorrow

    Lee Child
    Fiction
    4.18 (94,879)

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “High-powered, intricately wrought suspense.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times “Hold on tight. . . . This novel will give you whiplash as you rabidly turn pages. . . . May be [Lee Child’s] best.”—USA Today New York City. Two in the morning. A subway car heading uptown. Jack Reacher, plus five other passengers. Four are okay. The fifth isn’t. And if you think Reacher isn’t going to get involved . . . then you don’t know Jack. Susan Mark, the fifth passenger, had a big secret, and her plain little life was being watched in Washington, and California, and Afghanistan—by dozens of people with one thing in common: They’re all lying to Reacher. A little. A lot. Or just enough to get him killed. A race has begun through the streets of Manhattan, a maze crowded with violent, skilled soldiers on all sides of a shadow war. For Jack Reacher, a man who trusts no one and likes it that way, the finish line comes when you finally get face-to-face and look your worst enemy in the eye. “Propulsive . . . [Child is] an expert at ratcheting up tension.”—Los Angeles Times “A top-notch thriller.”—Booklist (starred review) “Edgy . . . thoroughly engrossing.”—The Miami Herald

    Malcolm Gladwell

    I read all of Lee Child’s books ... Those are fantastic.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • Worth Dying For

    Worth Dying For

    Worth Dying For

    Lee Child
    Fiction
    4.21 (83,920)

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “Compulsively readable.”—The Wall Street Journal “Don't pick up [this] Jack Reacher novel if you don't have some time on your hands, because Worth Dying For is difficult to put down. . . . Child manages to get an amazing amount of suspense into the novel.”—Associated Press There's deadly trouble in the corn county of Nebraska . . . and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it's the unsolved, decades-old case of a missing child that Reacher can't let go. The Duncans want Reacher gone—and it's not just past secrets they're trying to hide. For as dangerous as the Duncans are, they're just the bottom of a criminal food chain stretching halfway around the world. For Reacher, it would have made much more sense to put some distance between himself and the hard-core trouble that's bearing down on him. For Reacher, that was also impossible. “A model of suspenseful storytelling and an outstanding addition to a series that stands in the front rank of modern thrillers.”—The Washington Post “Still the thinking man's action hero, supreme butt-kicker and smartest guy in the room.”—The Seattle Times “This series is about as good as pop fiction gets.”—The Miami Herald

    Malcolm Gladwell

    I read all of Lee Child’s books ... Those are fantastic.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • The Person and the Situation
    Malcolm Gladwell

    basically gave me my view of the world.

    Nov 5, 2014 — Source

  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    Malcolm Gladwell

    you should start with John Le Carre, of course, and read his first five books.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • Nixon Agonistes

    Nixon Agonistes

    Nixon Agonistes

    Garry Wills
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.12 (490)

    With a new preface: A “stunning” analysis of the troubled Republican president by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Lincoln at Gettysburg (The New York Times Book Review). In this acclaimed biography that earned him a spot on Nixon’s infamous “enemies list,” Garry Wills takes a thoughtful, in-depth, and often “very amusing” look at the thirty-seventh US president, and draws some surprising conclusions about a man whose name has become synonymous with scandal and the abuse of power (Kirkus Reviews). Arguing that Nixon was a reflection of the country that elected him, Wills examines not only the psychology of the man himself and his relationships with others—from his wife, Pat, to his vice-president, Spiro Agnew—but also the state of the nation at the time, mired in the Vietnam War and experiencing a cultural rift that pitted the young against the old. Putting his findings into moral, economic, intellectual, and political contexts, he ultimately “paints a broad and provocative landscape of the nation’s—and Nixon’s—travails” (The New York Times). Simultaneously compassionate and critical, and raising interesting perspectives on the shifting definitions of terms like “conservative” and “liberal” over recent decades, Nixon Agonistes is a brilliant and indispensable book from one of America’s most acclaimed historians.

    Malcolm Gladwell

    A classic from the early '70s by one of the great political writers of his time... it's as devastating a portrait of [Nixon]as has ever been written.

    Nov 5, 2014 — Source

  • Persuader

    Persuader

    Persuader

    Lee Child
    Fiction
    4.10 (74,662)

    On an icy, December night, three puppies are rescued from the side of the road and taken to an animal shelter. Ruff and Tuff have a plan to ensure that their sister, Penny, finds a home for Christmas, even if they can't. But with the help of an older dog named Brownie, the puppies learn the true meaning of Christmas . . . and find a home for all four of them just in time. This is a fixed-format ebook, which preserves the design and layout of the original print book.

    Malcolm Gladwell

    I read all of Lee Child’s books ... Those are fantastic.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • Bad Luck and Trouble

    Bad Luck and Trouble

    Bad Luck and Trouble

    Lee Child
    Ex-police officers
    4.18 (76,945)

    When a man is killed by being thrown from a helicopter high over the California desert, Jack Reacher discovers that someone is targeting his old friends and teammates and he launches a personal campaign to end the conspiracy.

    Malcolm Gladwell

    I read all of Lee Child’s books ... Those are fantastic.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • The Hard Way

    The Hard Way

    The Hard Way

    Lee Child
    Fiction
    4.16 (71,200)

    Hired to track down a vicious kidnapper, Jack Reacher is learning the chiling secrets of his employer's past, and of a horrific drama in the heart of a nasty little war.

    Malcolm Gladwell

    I read all of Lee Child’s books ... Those are fantastic.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • The Opposable Mind
    Malcolm Gladwell

    ...explores what makes great CEOs stand out from their peers. I realize that there are thousands of business books on the subject, but, trust me, this is the first to really answer the question.

    Nov 5, 2014 — Source

  • Smiley's People
    Malcolm Gladwell

    you should start with John Le Carre, of course, and read his first five books.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • Just Kids

    Just Kids

    Just Kids

    Patti Smith
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.15 (203,510)

    Winner of the 2010 Non-Fiction National Book Award Patti Smith's evocative, honest and moving coming-of-age story of her extraordinary relationship with the artist Robert Mapplethorpe

    Malcolm Gladwell

    I finished it in one sitting, then wept. It’s that good.

    Aug 18, 2017 — Source

  • 61 Hours

    61 Hours

    61 Hours

    Lee Child
    Fiction
    4.10 (79,575)

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “Reacher gets better and better. . . . [This is the] craftiest and most highly evolved of Lee Child’s electrifying Reacher books.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times “Child is a superb craftsman of suspense, juggling several plots and keeping his herrings well-rouged. . . . Chances are you’ll want to seek out other Reacher adventures the moment you finish.”—Entertainment Weekly A bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces. If she’s going to live long enough to testify, she’ll need help. Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses. Reacher’s original plan was to keep on moving. But the next 61 hours will change everything. The secrets are deadlier and his enemies are stronger than he could have guessed—but so is the woman he’ll risk his life to save. “Masterful . . . a tour-de-force of both structure and suspense.”—The Providence Journal “Child keeps his foot hard on the throttle. . . . This is Child in top form, but isn’t he always?”—Booklist (starred review) “Compulsively addictive [with] an explosive climax that will have you tearing out your hair until Reacher’s next appearance.”—The Miami Herald

    Malcolm Gladwell

    I read all of Lee Child’s books ... Those are fantastic.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • Echo Burning

    Echo Burning

    Echo Burning

    Lee Child
    Fiction
    4.02 (79,219)

    Jack Reacher finds trouble in Texas in the fifth novel in Lee Child’s New York Times bestselling series. Thumbing across the scorched Texas desert, Jack Reacher has nowhere to go and all the time in the world to get there. Cruising the same stretch of two-lane blacktop is Carmen Greer. For Reacher, the lift comes with a hitch. Carmen’s got a wild story to tell—all about her husband, her family secrets, and a hometown that’s purely gothic. She’s also got a plan. Reacher’s part of it. And before the sun sets, this ride could cost them both their lives.

    Malcolm Gladwell

    I read all of Lee Child’s books ... Those are fantastic.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • One Shot

    One Shot

    One Shot

    Lee Child
    Fiction
    4.21 (101,785)

    Ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is called in by James Barr, a man accused of a lethal sniper attack that leaves five people dead, and teams up with a young defense attorney to find an unseen enemy who is manipulating events.

    Malcolm Gladwell

    I read all of Lee Child’s books ... Those are fantastic.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • The Night Manager

    The Night Manager

    The Night Manager

    John le Carré
    Fiction
    3.82 (16,147)

    Now an AMC miniseries • The acclaimed novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Legacy of Spies and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy John le Carré, the legendary author of sophisticated spy thrillers, is at the top of his game in this classic novel of a world in chaos. With the Cold War over, a new era of espionage has begun. In the power vacuum left by the Soviet Union, arms dealers and drug smugglers have risen to immense influence and wealth. The sinister master of them all is Richard Onslow Roper, the charming, ruthless Englishman whose operation seems untouchable. Slipping into this maze of peril is Jonathan Pine, a former British soldier who’s currently the night manager of a posh hotel in Zurich. Having learned to hate and fear Roper more than any man on earth, Pine is willing to do whatever it takes to help the agents at Whitehall bring him down—and personal vengeance is only part of the reason why. Praise for The Night Manager “A splendidly exciting, finely told story . . . masterly in its conception.”—The New York Times Book Review “Intrigue of the highest order.”—Chicago Sun-Times “Richly detailed and rigorously researched . . . Le Carré’s gift for building tension through character has never been better realized.”—People “Grimly fascinating, often nerve-wracking, and impossible to put down.”—Boston Herald

    Malcolm Gladwell

    you should start with John Le Carre, of course, and read his first five books.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • Drunk Tank Pink

    Drunk Tank Pink

    Drunk Tank Pink

    Adam Alter
    Psychology

    'Drunk Tank Pink' is a particular shade of pink. In 1979 psychologists discovered that it has an extraordinary effect: if you stare at it for two minutes, you dramatically weaken in strength. In this brilliant study of the strange recesses of our minds, Adam Alter reveals the world is full of such hidden forces that shape our every thought, feeling and behaviour – without us ever realizing. Some letters in product names make us more likely to buy them (nearly all successful brands contain a 'k' sound) We're more likely to be critical if we write in red rather than green biro Your first report at school can determine your future career Understanding these cues is key to smarter decision-making, more effective marketing, and better outcomes for our selves and our societies. Prepare for the most astounding and fast-paced psychology book since Blink and Predictably Irrational.

    Malcolm Gladwell

    The best science book I read [in 2013]...[It] is a really provocative look at how much our behavior is contextually determined

    Oct 3, 2013 — Source

  • The Big Short
    Malcolm Gladwell

    One of the best business books of the past two decades.

    Oct 3, 2013 — Source

  • Tripwire

    Tripwire

    Tripwire

    Lee Child
    Fiction
    4.10 (104,641)

    Settling into a peaceful life in Key West, Reacher is disturbed when a stranger comes looking for him, a man who turns up dead in the Old Town cemetery and who leads him on a perilous trail to New York.

    Malcolm Gladwell

    I read all of Lee Child’s books ... Those are fantastic.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • The Enemy

    The Enemy

    The Enemy

    Lee Child
    Fiction
    4.12 (115,815)

    Includes excerpt from: One shot (p. [397]-408).

    Malcolm Gladwell

    I read all of Lee Child’s books ... Those are fantastic.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • Spy Came in from the Cold
    Malcolm Gladwell

    I mean, that’s just kind of like gold standard.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

    John le Carré
    Fiction
    4.05 (92,060)

    Secret agent Alec Leamas is on a dangerous mission in East Berlin, but he has doubts about the organization he serves.

    Malcolm Gladwell

    Thats just kind of like gold standard.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • Never Go Back

    Never Go Back

    Never Go Back

    Lee Child
    Fiction
    4.05 (65,088)

    Includes the bonus Jack Reacher short story High Heat.

    Malcolm Gladwell

    I read all of Lee Child’s books ... Those are fantastic.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • Past Tense

    Past Tense

    Past Tense

    Lee Child
    Fiction
    4.02 (60,594)

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Family secrets come back to haunt Jack Reacher in this electrifying thriller from "a superb craftsman of suspense" (Entertainment Weekly). Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What's one extra day? He takes the detour. At the same moment, in the same isolated area, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians had been on their way to New York City to sell a treasure. Now they're stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. The owners seem almost too friendly. It's a strange place, but it's all there is. The next morning, in the city clerk's office, Reacher asks about the old family home. He's told no one named Reacher ever lived in town. He's always known his father left and never returned, but now Reacher wonders, Was he ever there in the first place? As Reacher explores his father's life, and as the Canadians face lethal dangers, strands of different stories begin to merge. Then Reacher makes a shocking discovery: The present can be tough, but the past can be tense . . . and deadly. Don't miss a sneak peek of Lee Child's novel Blue Moon in the back of the book. Praise for Past Tense "Child is one writer who should never be taken for granted."--The New York Times Book Review "[Lee Child] shows no signs of slowing down. . . . Reacher is a man for whom the phrase moral compass was invented: His code determines his direction. . . . You need Jack Reacher."--The Atlantic "Superb . . . Child neatly interweaves multiple narratives, ratchets up the suspense (the reveal of the motel plot is delicious), and delivers a powerful, satisfying denouement. Fans will enjoy learning more of this enduring character's roots, and Child's spare prose continues to set a very high bar."--Publishers Weekly (boxed and starred review) "Another first-class entry in a series that continues to set the gold standard for aspiring thriller authors."--Booklist (starred review) "With his usual flair for succinctness and eye for detail, Child creates another rollicking Reacher road trip that will please fans and newcomers alike."--Library Journal (starred review)

    Malcolm Gladwell

    I read all of Lee Child’s books ... Those are fantastic.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • Without Fail

    Without Fail

    Without Fail

    Lee Child
    Fiction
    4.15 (92,799)

    Hired by the Secret Service to test their shield around the new vice president of the United States, ex-military cop Jack Reacher discovers that a team of assassins is already planning a hit on the vice president.

    Malcolm Gladwell

    I read all of Lee Child’s books ... Those are fantastic.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • The Visitor

    The Visitor

    The Visitor

    Lee Child
    Murder
    4.10 (90,671)

    "Featuring Jack Reacher, hero of the blockbuster movie starring Tom Cruise. Sergeant Amy Callan and Lieutenant Caroline Cooke have a lot in common. oth were army high-flyers. Both were aquainted with Jack Reacher. Both were forced to resign from the service. Now they're both dead. Found in their own homes, naked, in a bath full of paint. pparent victims of an army man. A loner, a smart guy with a score to settle, a ruthless vigilante. A man just like Jack Reacher."

    Malcolm Gladwell

    I read all of Lee Child’s books ... Those are fantastic.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • Fooled by Randomness

    Fooled by Randomness

    Fooled by Randomness

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    Business & Economics
    4.07 (53,276)

    Contends that randomness and probability have a large impact on life, claims that people regularly fail to recognize that role, and tells how to differentiate between randomness in general and the financial markets in particular.

    Malcolm Gladwell

    This is the book that most likely inspired some of Gladwell’s assertions in his best-selling book, Outliers: The Story of Success

     — Source

  • Think Again

    Think Again

    Think Again

    Adam Grant
    Business & Economics

    Examines the critical art of rethinking: learning to question your beliefs and to know what you don't know, which can position you for success at work and happiness at home. It is a book about the benefit of doubt, and about how we can get better at embracing the unknown and the joy of being wrong

    Malcolm Gladwell

    Rule number one: never miss a new Adam Grant book! I loved this one!

    Feb 3, 2021 — Source

  • The Russia House
    Malcolm Gladwell

    I like his later stuff less so. But its still fantastic.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • Freakonomics

    Freakonomics

    Freakonomics

    Stephen J. Dubner,Steven D. Levitt
    Business & Economics
    3.99 (758,359)

    The legendary bestseller that made millions look at the world in a radically different way returns in a new edition, now including an exclusive discussion between the authors and bestselling professor of psychology Angela Duckworth. Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? Which should be feared more: snakes or french fries? Why do sumo wrestlers cheat? In this groundbreaking book, leading economist Steven Levitt—Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and winner of the American Economic Association’s John Bates Clark medal for the economist under 40 who has made the greatest contribution to the discipline—reveals that the answers. Joined by acclaimed author and podcast host Stephen J. Dubner, Levitt presents a brilliant—and brilliantly entertaining—account of how incentives of the most hidden sort drive behavior in ways that turn conventional wisdom on its head.

    Malcolm Gladwell

    This book invented an entire genre. Economics was never supposed to be this entertaining.

    Nov 5, 2014 — Source

  • The Little Drummer Girl

    The Little Drummer Girl

    The Little Drummer Girl

    John le Carré
    Fiction
    3.98 (12,228)

    From the New York Times bestselling author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Our Kind of Traitor; now a miniseries on AMC starring Alexander Skarsgard, Michael Shannon, and Florence Pugh. "You want to catch the lion, first you tether the goat." On holiday in Mykonos, Charlie wants only sunny days and a brief escape from England’s bourgeois dreariness. Then a handsome stranger lures the aspiring actress away from her pals—but his intentions are far from romantic. Joseph is an Israeli intelligence officer, and Charlie has been wooed to flush out the leader of a Palestinian terrorist group responsible for a string of deadly bombings. Still uncertain of her own allegiances, she debuts in the role of a lifetime as a double agent in the “theatre of the real.” Haunting and deeply atmospheric, John le Carré’s The Little Drummer Girl is a virtuoso performance and a powerful examination of morality and justice. With an introduction by the author.

    Malcolm Gladwell

    I like his later stuff less so. But its still fantastic.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • Traffic: Why We Drive The Way We Do
    Malcolm Gladwell

    ...tells us all sorts of things about what driving says about us.

    Nov 5, 2014 — Source

  • Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel
    Malcolm Gladwell

    ... escape for a few hours to a world where one man can solve every one of the world's problems.

    Nov 5, 2014 — Source

  • The Checklist Manifesto

    The Checklist Manifesto

    The Checklist Manifesto

    Atul Gawande
    4.02 (55,684)

    We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies-neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist. First introduced decades ago by the U.S. Air Force, checklists have enabled pilots to fly aircraft of mind-boggling sophistication. Now innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world, helping doctors and nurses respond to everything from flu epidemics to avalanches. Even in the immensely complex world of surgery, a simple ninety-second variant has cut the rate of fatalities by more than a third. In riveting stories, Gawande takes us from Austria, where an emergency checklist saved a drowning victim who had spent half an hour underwater, to Michigan, where a cleanliness checklist in intensive care units virtually eliminated a type of deadly hospital infection. He explains how checklists actually work to prompt striking and immediate improvements. And he follows the checklist revolution into fields well beyond medicine, from disaster response to investment banking, skyscraper construction, and businesses of all kinds. An intellectual adventure in which lives are lost and saved and one simple idea makes a tremendous difference.

    Malcolm Gladwell

    I admire the idea. But, almost more, I admire the kind of guts that made the idea possible.

    Jun 21, 2016 — Source

  • A Thousand Pardons

    A Thousand Pardons

    A Thousand Pardons

    Jonathan Dee
    Fiction
    3.24 (3,932)

    For readers of Jonathan Franzen and Richard Russo, Jonathan Dees novels are masterful works of literary fiction. In this sharply observed tale of self-invention and public scandal, Dee raises a trenchant question: what do we really want when we ask for forgiveness? Once a privileged and loving couple, the Armsteads have now reached a breaking point. Ben, a partner in a prestigious law firm, has become unpredictable at work and withdrawn at home--a change that weighs heavily on his wife, Helen, and their preteen daughter, Sara. Then, in one afternoon, Bens recklessness takes an alarming turn, and everything the Armsteads have built together unravels, swiftly and spectacularly. Thrust back into the working world, Helen finds a job in public relations and relocates with Sara from their home in upstate New York to an apartment in Manhattan. There, Helen discovers she has a rare gift, indispensable in the world of image control: She can convince arrogant men to admit their mistakes, spinning crises into second chances. Yet redemption is more easily granted in her professional life than in her personal one. As she is confronted with the biggest case of her career, the fallout from her marriage, and Saras increasingly distant behavior, Helen must face the limits of accountability and her own capacity for forgiveness. Praise for "A Thousand Pardons" ""A Thousand Pardons "is that rare thing: a genuine literary thriller. Eerily suspenseful and packed with dramatic event, it also offers a trenchant, hilarious portrait of our collective longing for authenticity in these overmediated times."--Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "A Visit from the Goon Squad" "A page turner without sacrificing a smidgen of psychological insight. What a triumph."--"Kirkus Reviews "(starred review) "Dee is adept at meshing the complexities of marriage and family life with the paradoxes of the zeitgeist. In his sixth meticulously lathed and magnetizing novel, he riffs on the practice of crisis management and] the absurdities of a society geared to communicate in a thousand electronic modes while those closest to each other can barely make eye contact.""--Booklist" " A] fast-moving, consistently entertaining story . . . a smart, witty look at the rites of apology in contemporary America."--Shelf Awareness "From the Hardcover edition."

    Malcolm Gladwell

    I loved Jonathan Dee’s new novel, “A Thousand Pardons.”

    Oct 3, 2013 — Source

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