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Malcolm Timothy Gladwell CM is a Canadian journalist, author, and public speaker.
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Strangers to Ourselves
Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious
by Timothy D. Wilson (May 14, 2004)
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"Know thyself," a precept as old as Socrates, is still good advice. But is introspection the best path to self-knowledge? What are we trying to discover, anyway? In an eye-opening tour of the unconscious, as contemporary psychological science has redefined it, Timothy D. Wilson introduces us to a hidden mental world of judgments, feelings, and moti...
Malcolm Gladwell
Jun 01, 2018
It is one of the loveliest, most insightful books about social psychology that I ever read.      source
Just Kids
by Patti Smith (Nov 01, 2010)
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"Patti Smith has graced us with a poetic masterpiece, a rare and privileged invitation to unlatch a treasure chest never before breached." - Johnny DeppIt was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led two young people on a path of art, devotion, and initiation. Patti Smith would e...
Malcolm Gladwell
Nov 29, 2013
I finished it in one sitting, then wept. It's that good.     source
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The Paris Architect
A Novel
by Charles Belfoure (Jul 14, 2014)
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A thrilling debut novel of World War II Paris, from an author who's been called "an up and coming Ken Follett." (Booklist) In 1942 Paris, gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money and maybe get him killed. But if he's clever enough, he'll avoid any trouble. All he has to do is design a secret hi...
Malcolm Gladwell
Nov 23, 2013
It is a beautiful and elegant account of an ordinary man's unexpected and reluctant descent into heroism during the second world war. I have no idea who Belfoure is, but he needs to write another book, now!     source
Drunk Tank Pink
And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave
by Adam Alter (Feb 24, 2014)
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A revelatory look at how our environment unconsciously yet dramatically shapes the judgments and decisions we make every dayMost of us go through life believing that we are in control of the choices we makethat we think and behave almost independently from the world around us. But as Drunk Tank Pink illustrates, the truth is our environment shapes ...
Malcolm Gladwell
Oct 03, 2013
The best science book I read was Adam Alter’s “Drunk Tank Pink,” which is a really provocative look at how much our behavior is contextually determined.     source
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A Thousand Pardons
A Novel
by Jonathan Dee (Mar 11, 2013)
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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....
Freakonomics
A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S.)
by Steven D. Levitt (Aug 24, 2009)
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Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner offer the long-awaited paperback edition of Freakonomics, the runaway bestseller, including six Freakonomics columns from the New York Times Magazine and a Q & A with the authors.Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool?What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?How much do parents reall...
Malcolm Gladwell
Jan 08, 2009
This book invented an entire genre. Economics was never supposed to be this entertaining.     source
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Traffic
Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)
by Tom Vanderbilt (Aug 10, 2009)
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A New York Times Notable BookOne of the Best Books of the YearThe Washington Post - The Cleveland Plain-Dealer - Rocky Mountain NewsIn this brilliant, lively, and eye-opening investigation, Tom Vanderbilt examines the perceptual limits and cognitive underpinnings that make us worse drivers than we think we are. He demonstrates why plans to protect ...
Malcolm Gladwell
Jan 08, 2009
One of the heirs to the Freakonomics legacy. A very clever young writer tells us all sorts of things about what driving says about us. I kept waiting for the moment when my interest in congestion and roads would run its course. It never did.     source
The Opposable Mind
How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking
by Roger L. Martin (Oct 28, 2007)
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If you want to be as successful as Jack Welch, Larry Bossidy, or Michael Dell, read their autobiographical advice books, right? Wrong, says Roger Martin in The Opposable Mind. Though following best practice can help in some ways, it also poses a danger: By emulating what a great leader did in a particular situation, you'll likely be terribly disapp...
Malcolm Gladwell
Jan 08, 2009
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.     source
Together
The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World
by Vivek H Murthy M.D. (Apr 20, 2020)
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Instant New York Times Bestseller!
Malcolm Gladwell
The author reminds us that our national conversation about medicine has been too narrowly focused on hospitals, doctors, and drugs—and not enough on the human connections that sustain us.     source
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Past Tense
A Jack Reacher Novel
by Lee Child (Nov 04, 2018)
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Jack Reacher plans to follow the autumn sun on an epic road 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 very same moment, close by, a ca...
The Midnight Line
A Jack Reacher Novel
by Lee Child (Apr 23, 2018)
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Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate: Iraq, then Afghanistan. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky circumstance made her give up something she earned over four hard years. He ...
Irresistible
The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked
by Adam Alter (Mar 05, 2018)
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"One of the most mesmerizing and important books I've read in quite some time. Alter brilliantly illuminates the new obsessions that are controlling our lives and offers the tools we need to rescue our businesses, our families, and our sanity." --Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and TakeWelcome to the age of behav...
Malcolm Gladwell
As if to prove his point, Adam Alter has written a truly addictive book about the rise of addiction. Irresistible is a fascinating and much needed exploration of one of the most troubling phenomena of modern times.     source
Night School
A Jack Reacher Novel
by Lee Child (May 08, 2017)
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Jack Reacher
Never Go Back (Movie Tie-in Edition)
by Lee Child (Sep 05, 2016)
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY KIRKUS REVIEWSNever go back—but Jack Reacher does, and the past finally catches up with him. . . . Never Go Back is Lee Child’s new novel of action-charged suspense starring “one of the best thriller characters at work today” (Newsweek).  F...
Make Me
by Lee Child (Mar 28, 2016)
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“Why is this town called Mother’s Rest?” That’s all Reacher wants to know. But no one will tell him. It’s a tiny place hidden in a thousand square miles of wheat fields, with a railroad stop, and sullen and watchful people, and a worried woman named Michelle Chang, who mistakes him for someone else: her missing partner in a private investigation sh...
Personal
A Jack Reacher Novel, Cover may vary
by Lee Child (Apr 27, 2015)
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"You can leave the army, but the army doesn't leave you. Not always. Not completely," notes Jack Reacher -- and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA.Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance betwee...
A Wanted Man
by Lee Child (May 27, 2013)
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Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. One man driving, another telling stories that don’t add up. A woman in the back, silent and worried. And a hitchhiker with a broken nose. An hour behind them, the FBI descends on an old pumping station where a man was stabbed to death—the knife work professional, the killers nowhere to be see...
The Affair
by Lee Child (Mar 26, 2012)
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEREverything 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 cover-up. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washin...
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
A George Smiley Novel
by John le Carré (Jun 06, 2011)
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A modern classic in which John le Carré expertly creates a total vision of a secret world, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy begins George Smiley's chess match of wills and wits with Karla, his Soviet counterpart. It is now beyond a doubt that a mole, implanted decades ago by Moscow Centre, has burrowed his way into the highest echelons of British Intel...
Malcolm Gladwell
I would read at least through Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.     source
Worth Dying For
by Lee Child (Apr 25, 2011)
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There’s deadly trouble in the corn country 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 the...
The Big Short
Inside the Doomsday Machine
by Michael Lewis (Jan 31, 2011)
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The #1 New York Times bestseller: "It is the work of our greatest financial journalist, at the top of his game. And it's essential reading."—Graydon Carter, Vanity FairThe real story of the crash began in bizarre feeder markets where the sun doesn't shine and the SEC doesn't dare, or bother, to tread: the bond and real estate derivative markets whe...
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Checklist Manifesto
by Atul Gawande (Jan 03, 2011)
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A New York Times BestsellerIn latest bestseller, Atul Gawande shows what the simple idea of the checklist reveals about the complexity of our lives and how we can deal with it.The modern world has given us stupendous know-how. Yet avoidable failures continue to plague us in health care, government, the law, the financial industryin almost every rea...
Malcolm Gladwell
The author took an extraordinary risk to his own reputation domestically in America in the medical profession by releasing this book.     source
61 Hours
by Lee Child (Sep 27, 2010)
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA 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 Bolto...
Gone Tomorrow
by Lee Child (Mar 22, 2010)
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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, s...
Bad Luck and Trouble
by Lee Child (May 18, 2009)
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From a helicopter high above the empty California desert, a man is sent free-falling into the night.... In Chicago, a woman learns that an elite team of ex-army investigators is being hunted down one by one.... And on the streets of Portland, Jack Reacher--soldier, cop, hero--is pulled out of his wandering life by a code that few other people could...
Nothing to Lose
by Lee Child (Mar 23, 2009)
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Two small towns in the middle of nowhere: Hope and Despair. Between them, nothing but twelve miles of empty road. Jack Reacher can't find a ride, so he walks. All he wants is a cup of coffee. What he gets are four hostile locals, a vagrancy charge, and an order to move on. They're picking on the wrong guy.Reacher is a hard man. No job, no address, ...
Without Fail
by Lee Child (Feb 25, 2008)
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Skilled, cautious, and anonymous, Jack Reacher is perfect for the job: to assassinate the vice president of the United States. Theoretically, of course. A female Secret Service agent wants Reacher to find the holes in her system, and fast-because a covert group already has the vice president in their sights. They've planned well. There's just one t...
Echo Burning
by Lee Child (Nov 26, 2007)
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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 ...
Running Blind
by Lee Child (Aug 27, 2007)
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Alternate cover for this ISBN can be found hereJack Reacher races to solve the perfect crime in the fourth novel in Lee Child’s New York Times bestselling series.  Across the country, women are being murdered, victims of a disciplined and clever killer who leaves no trace evidence, no fatal wounds, no signs of struggle, and no clues to an apparent ...
Tripwire
by Lee Child (May 28, 2007)
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Jack Reacher hunts the hunter in the third novel in Lee Child’s New York Times bestselling series.Reacher's anonymity in Florida is shattered by an investigator who's come looking for him. But hours after his arrival, the stranger is murdered. Retracing the PI's trail back to New York, Reacher's compelled to find out who was looking for him and why...
Die Trying
by Lee Child (Nov 27, 2006)
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Alternate cover for this ISBN can be found hereIn a Chicago suburb, a dentist is met in his office parking lot by three men and ordered into the trunk of his Lexus. On a downtown sidewalk, Jack Reacher and an unknown woman are abducted in broad daylight by two men - practiced and confident - who stop them at gunpoint and hustle them into the same s...
The Hard Way
by Lee Child (May 15, 2006)
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In Lee Child’s astonishing new thriller, ex–military cop Reacher sees more than most people would...and because of that, he’s thrust into an explosive situation that’s about to blow up in his face. For the only way to find the truth—and save two innocent lives—is to do it the way Jack Reacher does it best: the hard way….Jack Reacher was alone, the ...
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
by John le Carré (Aug 31, 2005)
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A new hardcover edition of the book Graham Greene called "the best spy story I have ever read."On its publication in 1964, John le Carré's The Spy Who Came in From the Cold forever changed the landscape of spy fiction. Le Carré combined the inside knowledge of his years in British intelligence with the skills of the best novelists to produce a stor...
Malcolm Gladwell
You must read The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.     source
One Shot
by Lee Child (Jun 13, 2005)
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In Lee Child’s astonishing new thriller, Reacher’s arrival will change everything—about a case that isn’t what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot–and by doing so give Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.…
The Russia House
A Novel
by John le Carre (Jan 19, 2004)
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John le Carre's bestselling classic is a timeless spy thriller about the Iron Curtain and the tense relationship between Great Britain and Russia.John le Carré has earned worldwide acclaim with extraordinary spy novels, including The Russia House, an unequivocal classic. Navigating readers through the shadow worlds of international espionage with c...
Malcolm Gladwell
You should read through The Russia House or 'The Little Drummer Girl.'     source
Persuader
by Lee Child (May 12, 2003)
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Jack Reacher.The ultimate loner.An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he's moved from place to place...without family...without possessions...without commitments.And without fear. Which is good, because trouble - big, violent, complicated trouble - finds Reacher wherever he goes. And when trouble finds him, Reacher does not quit,...
Merchant Princes
An Intimate History of Jewish Families Who Built Great Department Stores (Kodansha Globe)
by Leon A. Harris (Sep 30, 1994)
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Malcolm Gladwell
About the great Jewish retail families of America.     source
The Little Drummer Girl
by John Le Carre (Feb 11, 1983)
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John le Carre's classic novels deftly navigate readers through the intricate shadow worlds of international espionage with unsurpassed skill and knowledge, and have earned him unprecedented worldwide acclaim.In this thrilling and thought-provoking novel of Middle Eastern intrigue, Charlie, a brilliant young English actress, is lured into "the theat...
Malcolm Gladwell
You should read through The Little Drummer Girl or 'The Russia House.'     source