Malcolm Gladwell's Favorite Books

The Week asked Malcolm Gladwell, the author of the fascinating and massively popular "The Tipping Point" and "Blink" (as well as the newer not-quite-as-amazing "Outliers") to list his favorite books. From the timely nature of the titles he gave, I can only assume these are his current favorites among a constantly rotating roster. Enjoy.

The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

by Michael Lewis

Malcolm Gladwell says:
Lewis is the finest storyteller of our generation, and this is his best book. Supposedly about football (the title refers to the side of the field a quarterback is blind to), it's actually an extraordinary story about love and redemption.

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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

by Stephen J. Dubner, Steven D. Levitt

Malcolm Gladwell says:
I don't need to say much here. This book invented an entire genre. Economics was never supposed to be this entertaining.

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Should I Be Tested for Cancer?: Maybe Not and Here's Why

Should I Be Tested for Cancer?: Maybe Not and Here's Why

by H. Gilbert Welch M.D. M.P.H.

Malcolm Gladwell says:
One of those gems to come out of the academic press failing to get the attention it deserves. It asks a seemingly nonsensical question: Are there situations when you shouldn't be tested for cancer? And the answer is yes. If you're worried about cancer, this lucidly argued book will be a godsend.

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Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do

Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do

by Tom Vanderbilt

Malcolm Gladwell says:
One of the heirs to the Freakonomics legacy. A very clever young writer tells us all sorts of things about what driving says about us. I kept waiting for the moment when my interest in congestion and roads would run its course. It never did.

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Nixon Agonistes: The Crisis of the Self-Made Man

Nixon Agonistes: The Crisis of the Self-Made Man

by Garry Wills

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The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking

The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking

by Roger L. Martin

Malcolm Gladwell says:
Explores what makes great CEOs stand out from their peers. I realize that there are thousands of business books on the subject, but, trust me, this is the first to really answer the question.

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