Books by Malcolm Gladwell
NPR stories about Malcolm Gladwell
Writer Malcolm Gladwell calls them "eminent orphans" — an intriguingly large number of successful politicians, statesmen, poets, scientists who lost a parent when they were young. Why the pattern? Is it just coincidence? Or is it something more?
Don DeLillo and Bernhard Schlink grapple with morally compromised characters, while Malcolm Gladwell turns in a quirky yet revealing collection of essays and Scott Adams puts a fine point on the humiliations of cubicle life.
An amateur orchestra helps an English village transcend WWII in Alexander McCall Smith's latest novel, while in nonfiction, a popular ESPN columnist takes on the NBA, an English military historian revisits the Civil War, and a journalist confronts species loss around the world.
Why do Asian kids outperform American kids in math? How did Bill Gates become a billionaire computer entrepreneur? Malcolm Gladwell takes on these questions and more in his book Outliers. He argues that the "self-made man" is a myth.
Mimi Valdes is editor-in-chief of Vibe magazine and a commentator for TV specials such as Black in the 80s. Her booklist features a mix of new fiction, classic drama and nonfiction.
Malcolm Gladwell's latest book, Blink, challenges the conventional wisdom of the importance of first impressions, intuition and snap judgments. Day to Day and San Francisco Chronicle critic David Kipen talks about whether Blink is worth a second look.
Haste makes waste; look before you leap; stop and think. These are warnings we've heard since childhood. But what about, he who hesitates is lost? We look at snap judgments and the powers of unconscious thought, with Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink.