Traveler. Artist. Dreamer.
I find myself bringing this up at work, at a coffee shop with friends, getting a massage, & nearly any leisurely conversation I have. The contents of this book simply rolls off my tongue and I can't stop myself - yeah, Tipping Point style. Breaking unspoken rules? How devilishly delicious! This book leaves you questioning everything you "know" about rules, advantages, & disadvantages. I absolutely love it!
Words spoken in season is like a fresh rain.
Yes. This book is awesome. There were many observations and examples that I found extraordinary in the way we think and view Giants. The world thinks in the direction that was outlined so vividly and I embraced with much appreciation what I learned. Thank you Malcolm Gladwell… :)
The education portion.
Yes, I was quite surprised…didn't think it would pull off, but I was really impressed.
Where we are as a people.
If only the world would read this book with a good heart and learn from it to bring change in ourselves and in our world.
Yes--Gladwell gets better with every book.
I love how he presents his information.
Best one yet.
Probably wouldn't make a film--not that kind of book. Sorry, man.
Not especially. Gladwell (in this book anyway) suffers from being a poor statistician in most of his scenarios. There are, in almost all the cases he presents, very plausible mitigating factors, which he neglects. He falls into the common statistical trap of being pretty happy with what you found through limited research. He doesn't show a particularly deep knowledge of any of the subjects he presents, save perhaps the actual biblical David and Goliath.
Too easy, and often incomplete.
no. not relevant
I find myself wanting to agree with his premises, but his arguments are too shallow to be truly persuasive. Instead, if seems like each individual case he discusses could turn into a real, detailed study that provides real insight, proving or disproving Gladwell's conjecture. They are certainly far from proven in this work.
Select stories from the Old Testament/Torah have been written and re-written for children for decades. The biblical story of David and Goliath is as well-known as Jonah and the fish. The application of the underdog overcoming all odds to beat the giant has been repeated and applied to one person suing Proctor & Gamble and winning, a 60 year old woman swimming from Cuba to Florida, and to a small cadre of soldiers winning independence from a powerful mother country. Stories such as these surround us, and yet, we are always amazed and we always want to read the story again.
The physiological/physical examination of Goliath’s acromegaly and pituitary macroadenoma has been noted in previous publications. It is the case of innocent childhood bravado up against a physically impaired adult coming together in an unexpected way, a fresh approach, that results in a new conclusion. The same surprise at results is recorded by Gladwell as he examines the easily believed study that shows smaller class size results in better performing students to be false and more money doesn’t result in more happiness. Let’s just fire the bad teachers and accept that money can’t really buy happiness.
I have read all of Malcom Gladwell’s books. This one is the dullest of all. Nothing new has been revealed. No reasons are given to be excited at saying you have read this book. He has researched this extensively, well, maybe too much, to arrive at conclusions that are not profound. His dull, nearly monotone voice is empty of enthusiasm and is “music” to sleep by. If you have read Blink! The Outliers, or The Tipping Point, you must read this one to hear what I mean.
So much to learn, and so little time to sit down and read. Thanks Audible.
I love the way Gladwell examines something we've traditionally taken at face value, and then breaks it down to reveal a different truth once all the facts (or extensive research) are laid on the table. It is such a pleasure to listen to all his books. I constantly find myself thinking, "Wow, I never thought of it like that!"
This book is a fun, informational, and easy listen, but if for no other reason you have to read this book so you won't feel left out when your friends, business associates, other authors, pastors, etc. make references to something Gladwell wrote. He has to be one of the most quoted present day authors, and for good reason.
I enjoy passionate narrators. Great content is also a good thing.
His performance was great. Malcolm Gladwell keeps the reader wanting more. The story was great and hope to read more from him.
Special thanks to Sasha, Stacy and Stef for sharing the Audible experience with me and being the best of company during my recovery.
Let me begin by stating that I am a fan of Gladwell's and his three previous works I've both read and listened to repeatedly. This work further heightens my appreciation of his work. Once again Gladwell turns conventional wisdom on it's head. Why it's better for many students to not go to a "top" school. David actually had the advantage over Goliath. The deeper reasons of the strife that tore apart Northern Ireland. Gladwell gives a unique perspective that even those who don't agree with his perspective are forced to review the questions that he raises. As always five stars for a Gladwell book.
I find Malcolm Gladwell's voice both engaging and soothing and I have spent many hours listening and re-listening to his reading of his own works. Some, like The Tipping Point and Blink are among my favorite non-fiction reads (in print) as well. David and Goliath was a good listen, but mainly because I enjoyed hearing the author read a new work. The premise of the book is established in the introduction (and implied in the title) and while the reinforcing examples are fascinating, they are far from riveting. I think other Gladwell fans will be happy for more from our favorite contemporary sociologist. But newbies are best advised to make one of the above-mentioned selections their first listen.
Lawyer, reader, writer, performer. Just love listening to books and talking about it!
I loved this book until the chapter on justice. It seems like Gladwell always does this to me, I just love what he does and then he jerks me back to reality when he throws in a chapter at the end that he wants to make into something, but doesn't have anything to back it up. Even so, its a worthwhile book, so let me tell you about the good in it.
"David and Goliath: The Truth" will make you think outside of the box. I love that. Give me a new angle, a new perspective, a new way to look at / solve a problem. This book even goes further, it helps you see that what you may perceive to be a disadvantage, while very difficult, can strengthen you to help you succeed. You may not want to have to travel down the road, but guess what, you are on it so here is what you might find on the other side. (Boy do we all need that. Life happens, sometimes in an oh so hard way!) Also -- the other side of it is that some advantages actually weaken you, we all know this to be true. So next time you are in a difficult situation, look for the silver lining, think outside the box, consider the weaknesses on the other side, and have hope.
Now for the dislike. The chapter that lost it for me was the one on justice. The comparisons just didn't compare. You can't take one response to a murder that is solved close to the event and compare it and the outgrowth from it to another response to a murder where the perpetrator was not found for twenty years. Apples and oranges, and besides -- the man that was free for twenty years was finally caught because he kept doing it. Also, I didn't hear data to back up the hypothesis on why the three strikes rule didn't work for society as a whole. I also didn't hear how the other response work for society and recidivism. And it isn't because I am biased to the three strikes rule. I was fully engaged and excited to hear a better rule of law that maybe Texas needs to try, but none was offered.
Anyway, still loved the book and Gladwell. Recommend!