30 January 2010

Book Review: "Think!: Why Crucial Decisions Can't Be Made in the Blink of an Eye"


Think!: Why Crucial Decisions Can't Be Made in the Blink of an Eye was a book I anticipated would be a good counterpoint to Malcolm Gladwell's Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (which I've also reviewed).  Unfortunately, it just didn't have a strongly written narrative to tie together the too many various ideas presented.

Also unfortunate was how most of the ideas LeGault presents seemed entirely concerned with the USA.  This is in itself fine, of course, but for readers outside the US, it does make for a less interesting read.

This book also read like an outright attack on Gladwell's "Blink," but written in such haste that LeGault's apparent contempt for "Blink" and its ideas hasn't subsided.  It made the book have a vindictive tone that wasn't effective in persuading or moving me, unlike Gladwell's writing.

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