So Malcolm Gladwell’s been writing articles for a while now and this book is a collection of his previous articles (I think there might be a few new ones in there) but as I have never read any of those articles they were all new to me. I’ve read Freakonomics in the past and loved the facts that were brought up in that book and Malcolm Gladwell’s writing is similar to the essays written in those books. At least this book is. I’ve read Outliers in the past and that followed more of one central theme, where in this one, each chapter was a new essay/article.
Not all of them were winners, there were a few I had to really push through because I just wasn’t interested in the subject matter, but there were enough that were interesting enough that that only occurred every few chapters. I think you have to really be into the way that Malcolm Gladwell writes and presents seemingly mundane topics, but if you can get into it, it’s very interesting and well written.
I personally give this book 4 stars and have a few other of his books on my want to read list. A lot of interesting topics; my favorites were the mustard essay, the Dog Whisperer essay and the haircolor essay. If not all the topics interest you, then I’d suggest treating it like a magazine and just read the ones that sound interesting to you. Because the ones that I was not interested in the topic were SO SLOW to read.