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light, fast read, if that's what you're into.
on December 1, 2013
Firstly, I frame my review with the fact that I had been assigned to read this book, rather than seeking it out on my own.
While I support the thinking contained within the book, the data used is really slim for the inferences made. There's things that need to be said contained within the book, but it would be nice to see some corroborating evidence besides the single source used in the book. As someone who works for a polling firm (Gallup), the author should know that supporting data is needed to smooth out biases found in only one opinion collection - no matter how good the collecting company feels it is.
Secondly, the book seems to ramble a bit in terms of subject matter and could use a firmer hand in editing. Had Clifton had a better editor, he could have easily had two books rather than one. It would have made him more money while being more focused at the same time.
If you're fine with Gladwell-esque qualitative texts, then this one is for you. If you're looking for greater depth....