Cover via AmazonI listened to Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking as an audio book early on in my iPod experience. I enjoyed it and thought Gladwell had some good insights and he is an engaging writer.
His current book, Outliers, appears to be heading him toward another best-seller and I’m always vicariously pleased (and envious) to see a writer make a living with his craft. Here’s a favorable review.
His unfortunate topic for one chapter in his book on the secret of success (or not): mountain folk. So give the book reviews a long look if you’re thinking of giving this tome as a gift to anyone in Harlan Kentucky–a locality that gets special attention for a chapter in the book that seems particularly objectionable to some.
One Richmond reviewer ends his negative praise of Gladwell’s latest with these words:
I would like to see Gladwell test his theory about Southerners being more prone to violence than Northerners. A good way to do it would be for Gladwell walk the streets at midnight in urban areas that have the same economic and unemployment challenges that Harlan does.
If he survives, I invite Mr. Gladwell to come to Harlan, do some readings of his book and have a heaping helping of their hospitality.
Hillbilly that is. Set a spell. Take your shoes off. You all come back now, you hear.