Blink is beautiful, freakonomics is not

Finished blink in one sitting. Wonder how this guy manages to talk about just one data point and writes so much on it. The concept of blink was instantly clear to me when I read the first page and if not for the writing style I would have dropped the book and moved on to the next one. But something about the narration just wants you to turn those pages – Have to give credit to Malcolm Gladwell !

Freakonomics on the other hand felt like reading a bunch of TIMES articles in one stretch. Couldnt find any take away from the work.


  1. Anonymous said September 22, 2005, 8:19 pm:

    Good one Sibu. Malcolm Gladwell is great. I have read both Blink and his previous work The Tipping Point. Tipping Point is a must read as well. I have not read Freakonomics. I guess I will take it off my to-do list.

  2. Anonymous said December 4, 2005, 12:38 am:

    On the contrary, I found Freakonomics great and Blink ordinary. If you look at Blink, Gladwell does not do much, just quoting for n different surveys and experiments. The only kinda work he does is collecting data. By the time you reach Chapter 4 or 5, you would feel bored by his style and content too.

    But Levitt, he just takes analysis to another level. Could you have guessed how there occured a drop in the crime rate, or how the Ku Klux Klan can give us important lessons about daily economic life?

    I quite liked The Tipping Point, but Blink, well it was a let down.