Malcolm Gladwell's "What The Dog Saw": Great Writing, Suspect Science

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • STEVEN PINKER The New York Times

Fortunately for "What the Dog Saw," the essay format is a better showcase for Gladwell's talents, because the constraints of length and editors yield a higher ratio of fact to fancy. Readers have much to learn from Gladwell the journalist and essayist. But when it comes to Gladwell the social scientist, they should watch out for those igon values.

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