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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions; Reprint edition (October 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416531556
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416531555
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #877,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[For] those concerned about America losing touch with its intellectual traditions . . . Think! could not have emerged at a better time." -- The Washington Times

About the Author

Michael R. LeGault is an award-winning editor and writer, and a former columnist for the Washington Times. His reviews, opinion columns, and features have appeared in newspapers, journals, and magazines across North America. An American citizen based in Toronto, LeGault has worked for and been a consultant to major U.S. companies on health, safety, environmental, and quality issues. He received his B.S. from the University of Michigan and his M.S. from the University of Miami, Florida. LeGault is currently an editor at the National Post. He and his wife, Anneli, have two children.

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Michael R. LeGault is a former Washington Times columnist, editor at the National Post, and an award-winning writer based in Toronto. He received a B.S. (Biology/chemistry) at the University of Michigan, and a M.S. degree (chemistry) from the University of Miami (FL). He has written widely on business, culture, technology and science-related topics for numerous newspapers and magazines such as the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, The Financial Post, The National Post, Masthead, The Detroit News and other publications. In 2002, Legault received the Canadian Business Press Award for best regularly featured column. His book Think! Why Crucial Decisions Can't Be Made in the Blink of an Eye, was published in January 2006. Think! is the first book of a new Simon & Schuster launch, Threshold Editions, headed by editor-in-chief Mary Matalin. Responding to enthusiastic media interest in the book, LeGault has given over 60 television and radio interviews, including interviews on CNN, ABC and FOX networks. LeGault is currently an independent consultant, writer and syndicated columnist; as well blogs at politicalmavens.com. An archived selection of his articles, reviews and columns can be found on his website, michaellegault.com.

Customer Reviews

All in all, I don't regret reading the book.
Kristopher O. Davis
Despite the title and the packaging, this book has little to do with critical thinking or with Malcolm Gladwell's book, BLINK.
Sabre Rattler
I came to this book hoping to get fresh and profound insights on how to become a better critical thinker.
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117 of 132 people found the following review helpful By Dave Lakhani VINE VOICE on March 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Many of the reviewers here criticize this book because it isn't Blink (which by the way I think is an excellent book) but in my opinion, that is the wrong comparison. This is a book about critical thinking, Blink is a book about intuitive thinking.

The path to superior thinking is using both sides of the coin.

This book is a great look at critical thinking particularly as it relates to may of the not-thought-through group think decisions that many people make.

This is a great book for breaking down the critical thinking process and encouraging people to start thinking again in an age where many would have us not stop and question the avalanche of messages we get on a daily basis.

Read this book and Blink, you'll be a better thinker.
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70 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Luca Zullo on March 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The author has some good points but he drags on for way too long. The book could have been easily shorter as he often enters in long winded descriptions - borderline rants - which add nothing to the points already expoused. I haven't yet read Blink!, so I cannot tell on whether he's correct or not in his assessment of the book. I do however feel strongly that this book is not immune from the typical polarization of much discourse in the US today. I share his dislike for "political correctness" when it becomes a hamper to the free flow and discussion of ideas, nonetheless his cartoonish depiction of the liberal left is a poor service to the critical thinking he aims to promote. He fails his own litmus tests. A couple of examples. He's extremely critical of global warming and says that the majority of scientist is unconvinced or not against it. Actually the majority of relevant scientist world wide is convinced that man made global warming is real although they may still disagree on the overall impact and best mitigation -if any - policy. Also he uses rethorical arguments which are the negation of critical thinking. Again in the case of global warming he criticizes those who "believe that carbon dioxide (a non pollutant) causes global warming". This is intellectually dishonest as it is meant to instill in the reader the equivalence non-pollutant=harmless. In other term since co2 is a not a pollutant - which is true - it cannot cause anything as dangerous a global warming is supposed to be. Too bad that pollution potential and ability to reflect electromagnetic radiation - and therefore have the potential for global warming - are absolutely unrelated.Read more ›
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168 of 210 people found the following review helpful By Sabre Rattler on January 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Despite the title and the packaging, this book has little to do with critical thinking or with Malcolm Gladwell's book, BLINK. Former Washington Times columnist Michael LeGault's THINK is a thinly veiled rehash of familiar neo-con rants about the decline of American culture. The old villain in Allan Bloom's THE CLOSING OF THE AMERICAN MIND, relativism, is recast as impulse or emotion. Unfortunately, THINK really pales in contrast to Bloom's already deeply flawed book. In Bloom's CLOSING, there were at least conceivably real identifiable "villains" arguing for relativism. Here, you have the privilege of reading an entire book attacking non-existent "straw men." Ask yourself: who would actually suggest that we should make important decisions based solely on impulse or emotion?

Malcolm Gladwell? On the surface, he would appear to be the villain in the piece. But where in BLINK does Gladwell suggest anything like making decisions on impulse or emotion? Gladwell gives examples of where intuition seems to outperform the straight science (or where intuition can be effective and useful). But all the examples deal with professionals and experts, eg, art experts, firemen, policemen, doctors, etc. Their experience trains them to make fast decisions. This is not the same as making decisions based on impulse or emotion - not even close.

Experts can draw correct conclusions based on very small data sets. Look at Gladwell's discussion of the psychologist who was able to figure out which couples would eventually divorce by observing them for extremely short durations. Why? Well, a trained expert is able to recognize a significant pattern of behavior in that first minute or so.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christian Orlic on April 15, 2010
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This is a book I would really like to like; and has a premise that I think no rational, thinking person disagrees with: it is important and useful to apply critical thinking, use evidence and reason when making decisions. So far so good. However, the book fails by its own standards; apparently LeGault forgets that he is supposed to think.
One of the most annoying things is that LeGault does not properly cite sources or give any indication where he gets his stuff from. For example, when he discusses global warming, he claimed "in fact there is vehement disagreement among climate experts all around the world about many aspects of global warming theory" (111) yet he does not cite any expert who either advocates or is skeptical of global warming (there are none cited and there is no reference to any study, paper, review, book, TV program or expert in the references section either). This is just poor scholarship. LeGault also cites wikipedia (whilst wiki may be a good place to get information this information should always be verified). In another section he raves about child beating and the fact that his friends who were beaten were never disrespectful towards their parents (220). LeGault claims that "it is widely recognized that children not only need standards and rules for healthy social, ethical and intellectual development, they desire them" (219) yet he does not bother to tell us by whom it is "widely recognized". Further, he seems to suggest that parents must be authoritative contra his avowed sponsorphip of critical thinking. If we want to raise people who are better at critical thinking, rhetoric, analysis and argumentation shouldn't parents engage in reasoned discussion with their kids?
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