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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (238 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael R. LeGault Narrator: Michael R. LeGault Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9780743554183
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This isn't the time to Blink. It's time to THINK! -- before it's too late.

Outraged by the downward spiral of American intellect and culture, Michael R. LeGault offers the flip side of Malcolm Gladwell's bestselling phenomenon, Blink, which celebrated impulse thinking over factual knowledge or critical analysis. If bestselling books are advising us to not think, LeGault argues, it comes as no surprise that sharp, incisive reasoning is on the decline, leading our society to incompetence and failure.

• Permissive parenting and low standards that have caused an academic crisis among our children -- body weights rise while grades plummet

• A culture of image and instant gratification, fed by reality shows and computer games, that has rendered curiosity of the mind and spirit all but obsolete

• Stress, aversion to taking risks, and therapy that are replacing the traditional American "can do" mind-set

Far from perpetuating the stereotype of the complacent American, LeGault maintains that Americans are abundantly gifted with the ability to fulfill our nation's greatest potential starting today but we need smart teachers, health care workers, sales representatives, students, mechanics, and leaders to make it happen. A bracing wake-up call to America, THINK! delivers a no-holds-barred prescription for reversing the erosion of American civilization. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[For] those concerned about America losing touch with its intellectual traditions…Think! could not have emerged at a better time.” 

    Washington Times

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marci | 2/15/2014

    " I was trying to give it 2.5 stars. He has some good ideas, but he is repetitive and I hate that and his arrogance comes through in his writing. I think that most of the facts he presented are true. He spends the first 1/3 of the book talking about the factors that are "dumbing down" the youth of today. The second third of the book highlights great thinkers of the past which was very interesting. The final third I had to browse because the book was due back to the library, but it was hints/suggestions of how to improve our children's thinking skills. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave Intlekofer | 2/11/2014

    " Good, but had a lot of political messages (the non-existence of global warming, the craziness of feminists and environmentalists, etc.) that got annoying. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 2/8/2014

    " I couldn't stand to listen to this whole book. He was sooo long winded. However, there were a few very compelling arguments (ie: ADHD, feminism, self-esteem) that I thought were very enlightening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yukie | 2/3/2014

    " Loved it, because it appeals to my intellectual side that believes in rational decision-making. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 1/15/2014

    " After reading Blink, I had to read this too.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave DiCerbo | 1/14/2014

    " A defense of reason and logical thought. A must read if you've read "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 1/14/2014

    " wanted to read Blink but after this, i THINK that would be a waste of time. Some excellent points. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jvpritc | 12/26/2013

    " I spoke to the author after he delivered a presentaiton on this and I had read the book. He makes a convinging argument opposing Gladwells theory in Blink. An interesting read and worth the effort. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 12/23/2013

    " Great book! I loved it! It says some much about the time we live in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suz | 12/22/2013

    " This book is a little bit like Malcolm Gladwell's book Blink. The difference is that Blink is about intuitive thinking and Think is about critical thinking. It was fairly good, but I don't agree with everything that he says. It is also very similar to The Closing of the American Mind by Allen Bloom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddie | 12/20/2013

    " Love the blatant, extremely honest, and dead-on argument against the widely popular book, BLINK. This book is just about plain ol' thinking and using our brain like we are SUPPOSED to use it. Not just on a whim and full of emotions like the book Blink suggests. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 12/11/2013

    " He provides excellent arguments as to why critical thinking skills are slipping in this country and how we can return to greatness through better education. This was written in direct contrast to "Blink," but overall was a very well-written book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 4/14/2013

    " My follow-up read to Blink. Certainly a great combo to balance out the two books. Found this one more to my taste and certainly more scientifically grounded. Either way, if you read one you should read the other. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mugo | 2/18/2013

    " this is a befitting answer to blink! (which BTW i did not agree with entirely). riveting analysis of the lack of logical thinking and mental laziness that abounds in the world in general and america in particular. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia Mendes | 12/1/2012

    " Could have been shorter. Interesting thought on where the american society is heading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/4/2012

    " Blink! was much more thought provoking - I do not recommend this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 4/10/2012

    " This was a fantastic book. I would recommend it to anyone who is concerned by the direction society is taking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bella | 1/4/2012

    " Yep, makes you think. Hard! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Krasovich | 12/6/2010

    " This book provides an entertaining and stimulating analysis of the relationship between culture and critical thinking. The author's carefully crafted chapters are a true tribute to the complexities of the human mind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia | 4/28/2010

    " Could have been shorter. Interesting thought on where the american society is heading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddie | 4/8/2010

    " Love the blatant, extremely honest, and dead-on argument against the widely popular book, BLINK. This book is just about plain ol' thinking and using our brain like we are SUPPOSED to use it. Not just on a whim and full of emotions like the book Blink suggests. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Armen | 10/5/2009

    " This is about how crucial decisions can't be made that quickly, in that you have to think before you make them, which would be the opposite of just following your gut. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mugo | 8/13/2009

    " this is a befitting answer to blink! (which BTW i did not agree with entirely). riveting analysis of the lack of logical thinking and mental laziness that abounds in the world in general and america in particular. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 6/24/2009

    " For all you people that read and actually liked "Blink", by Malcolm Gladwell, think again after you read this! Its a good read to read/ discuss with Blink - which I found irrational - to say the least. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 4/23/2009

    " This was a fantastic book. I would recommend it to anyone who is concerned by the direction society is taking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 12/30/2008

    " wanted to read Blink but after this, i THINK that would be a waste of time. Some excellent points. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 12/29/2008

    " Excellent book. LeGault has challenged me to think more clearly and critically, and that is a good thing. "

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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.