The Doctors Bookshelf was erected a little under 2 years ago. During this time it has hosted 76 blog posts, of which there were 64 book reviews. The selected books covered a wide range of subjects, from creativity to safety culture, from decision-making to expertise. The book authors have included deep thinkers and workers, from Leonard Mlodinow to… Read More The Doctors Bookshelf: Phase II
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants Author: Malcolm Gladwell SYNOPSIS The title of this book refers to the well-known biblical story of how the acknowledged outside shot, David, triumphed over the mighty Goliath. This is a forensic examination of ‘what happens when ordinary people confront giants’, the author using this epic battle to demonstrate the surprising advantages underdogs have… Read More David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
Outliers: The Story of Success Author: Malcolm Gladwell Synopsis In this, probably his most important book, Malcolm Gladwell explores the key factors that predict success. The author identifies the distinguishing features of all highly successful people, the so-called outliers: ‘…geniuses, business tycoons, rock stars, and software programmers‘ who ‘do things that are out of the ordinary’ (page 17).… Read More Outliers: The Story of Success
The Doctors Bookshelf published 36 book reviews in 2016. This means there are now >70 posts on the blog The Doctors Bookshelf recorded >9,000 visitors in 2016. Which book reviews sparked the most interest? Below are the 15 most viewed book reviews in 2016. ============================================================== 1. Thinking, Fast and Slow 2. 2030 The Future of Medicine: Avoiding a Medical Meltdown 3. The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive… Read More What were the most popular posts on The Doctors Bookshelf in 2016?
Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking Author: Malcolm Gladwell Synopsis In his second book, the author applies his characteristic style to explore intuitive judgments. Blink refers to the ‘small judgments and rapid cognition’ which ‘take place behind a locked door’ (page 51). He makes the case that these ‘decisions made very quickly can be every… Read More Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking
The Tipping Point: How Little Things can make a Big Difference Author: Malcolm Gladwell Synopsis The theme of this book, the spread of epidemics, will resonate with doctors. The book explores the similarities between the transmission of infections and the spread of ideas, products, messages, and behaviours. The author argues that social trends spread just like viral epidemics-when they cross… Read More The Tipping Point: How Little Things can make a Big Difference
There are so many reasons why everyone must read Malcolm Gladwell. His writing is flawless, the social issues he addresses are relevant, his analysis is incisive, and his story-telling is unrivalled. In book after book, he has helped to shape how we view important subjects from crime to healthcare, from decision-making to work ethics. He dissects complex questions, and… Read More The Inspiring Genius of Malcolm Gladwell