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Malcolm Timothy Gladwell CM is a Canadian journalist, author, and public speaker.
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First Friends
The Powerful, Unsung (And Unelected) People Who Shaped Our Presidents
Gary Ginsberg - 2021-07-06
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"First Friends" is a unique glimpse into the captivating stories of the closest friends and confidants of past American presidents. From Lincoln's life-saving friendship with Joshua Speed to Kennedy's meaningful conversations with David Ormsby-Gore, this book explores how presidential friendships helped shape our nation's history. Written by former Clinton aide Gary Ginsberg, this fresh and insightful read offers a new perspective on the lives of those who held the most powerful political office in the world.
Malcolm Gladwell
I loved this book! ⁦@GaryLeeGinsberg⁩ makes sense of presidents through their best friends.      source
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Think Again
The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know
Adam Grant - 2021-02-02
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Discover the power of rethinking your beliefs with this thought-provoking book. Learn why mental laziness and old routines can hold you back, and how embracing the unknown and being wrong can actually benefit you. The author offers evidence-based insights into how rethinking can be taught as a mindset and a skillset. Sections on individual and group rethinking, and the shortcomings of schools, businesses, and governments, provide practical advice for success in a rapidly changing world. Don't miss out on developing the secret skill of the future: the ability to constantly rethink your perspective.
Malcolm Gladwell
Rule number one: never miss a new Adam Grant book! I loved this one! adam      source
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Strangers to Ourselves
Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious
Timothy D. Wilson - 2004-05-15 (first published in 2002)
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Explore the hidden mental world of judgment, feelings, and motives with Strangers to Ourselves. Timothy D. Wilson takes readers on an eye-opening tour of the unconscious mind, redefined by contemporary psychological science. He argues that introspection may not be the best path to self-knowledge and challenges readers to pay attention to what they actually do and what others think of them. This book marks a significant shift in how we understand and approach our own selves.
Malcolm Gladwell
It is one of the loveliest, most insightful books about social psychology that I ever read.      source
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Just Kids
Patti Smith - 2010-01-19
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This book takes you on a journey through the captivating story of two young artists who made a pact to take care of each other during the hungry years of late sixties and seventies New York City. It is a love story, an elegy, a historical snapshot, and a tribute to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions, and their ascent to fame. Written by Patti Smith, an influential artist herself, it serves as a salute to the worlds of poetry, rock and roll, art, and sexual politics, all colliding and exploding in this unforgettable milieu.
Malcolm Gladwell
I finished it in one sitting, then wept. It's that good.      source
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The Paris Architect
A Novel
Charles Belfoure - 2013-10-08
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Set in World War II Paris, this thrilling debut novel follows gifted architect Lucien Bernard as he accepts a commission to design a secret hiding place for a wealthy Jewish man. Outwitting the Nazis occupying the city is a challenge he can't resist. But when one of his hiding spaces fails horribly, the problem of where to hide a Jew becomes personal for Lucien. The Paris Architect is a gripping story about what we owe each other and how far we'll go to make things right, written by an architect whose knowledge imbues every page.
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. I have no idea who Belfoure is, but he needs to write another book, now!      source
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Drunk Tank Pink
And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave
Adam Alter - 2013-03-21
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"Drunk Tank Pink" explores how our environment unconsciously shapes our thoughts and actions. Using surprising data and fascinating examples, Adam Alter illustrates how outside forces, such as color, bias, and weather, influence our decisions without our knowledge or permission. This book reveals the deeper truth behind our feelings and actions and challenges readers to reconsider the choices they make every day.
Malcolm Gladwell
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
Jonathan Dee - 2013-03-12
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This novel by Jonathan Dee explores the themes of self-invention, public scandal, and forgiveness. The privileged Armstead couple reaches a breaking point, leading to a spectacular unraveling of everything they've built together. As Helen, the wife, navigates a new job in public relations and a move to New York, she discovers a rare talent for image control. But when faced with the fallout from her marriage and her daughter's distant behavior, she must confront the limits of accountability and her own capacity for forgiveness. Recommended for fans of Jonathan Franzen and Richard Russo.
Malcolm Gladwell
My favorite book of the summer so far: Jonathan Dee. "A Thousand Pardons."      source
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Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)
Tom Vanderbilt - 2008-07-29
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Explore the psychology behind our driving habits in this eye-opening investigation by Tom Vanderbilt. Discover the cognitive limitations that make us worse drivers than we think we are and learn why plans to protect pedestrians from cars can lead to more accidents. Vanderbilt also reveals the common mistakes people make while driving, from honking to navigating parking lots. Traffic isn't just about driving; it's about human nature. Get ready to see yourself and the world around you in a whole new way.
Malcolm Gladwell
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
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The Opposable Mind
How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking
Roger L. Martin - 2007-10-29
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Explore the mindset of successful leaders and learn how to think like them with The Opposable Mind. Author Roger Martin argues that simply following the advice of great leaders can lead to disappointment, instead we need to understand and emulate how they think. Through stories of leaders from diverse backgrounds, he highlights the importance of integrative thinking and offers a model for improving this vital skill. Discover how to creatively resolve opposing ideas and become a successful businessperson by mastering the power of integrative thinking.
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.      source
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A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S.)
Steven D. Levitt - 2006-10-17 (first published in 2005)
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Discover the unconventional world of economics with this groundbreaking book that challenges conventional wisdom. Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner's "Freakonomics" explores the mysteries of everyday life, from the commonalities between schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers to the secrets of the Ku Klux Klan, revealing how economics is the study of incentives and how people get what they want or need. Featuring insightful storytelling and a fresh perspective, this New York Times bestseller is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the hidden connections in our world.
Malcolm Gladwell
This book invented an entire genre. Economics was never supposed to be this entertaining.      source
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