I was so excited for this book when I saw it was coming out months ago. Downloaded it the day it was available. "Outliers" and "Blink" are great, paradigm-shifting books. "The Tipping Point" is good, and "What the Dog Saw" is in my opinion his worst book. This one falls somewhere between "What the Dog Saw" and "The Tipping Point", in my opinion. It's got a couple of mildly enlightening sections, but all in all is very repetitive and starts to get a bit dull.
Essentially, in "David and Goliath", Malcolm Gladwell makes one point, over and over and over. The properties that make the giant seem powerful might actually be its weaknesses, and the things that made David seem like a fool and his actions suicidal to others might have been his greatest strengths. He makes this point well in the first chapter, then goes on and on, making the same point over and over. Some of the stories he tells are interesting, others are kind of boring and in some cases it really seems like he's stretching to make them apply to his topic at all.
Letting the rest of the world go by
A good book splendidly read by the author. The theme is catching. Most chapters start off with a misdirection, and I'm thinking the author's thesis is wrong. For example, small class sizes do make a difference, I think. The author presents data that seems to contradict that assertion, but really doesn't. The author at the last moment will say maybe not and will show you why it's probably not true. He does that multiple times. Most of his original assertions I didn't like but by the end I did.
Another thing, he writes the stories such that I wished I was born poor, or at least had dyslexia because he makes those seem so desirable. That of corse is silly.
Look, the book is an easy listen and is fun but is not as good as his other books. I don't really recommend this one, but I was disappointed.
I listen to a book a day just about. I am 49, I love mystery, thriller, true crime. G.Guidall best reader for me.
I am not sure what I expected, to be honest. I am please with this book and will listen to it again at some point. Some great examples in this book and does make you think or rethink on life issues.
The fact that Malcolm reads his own books, gives the listener a better understanding of his meaning and makes the books main points hit home.
All in Chapter 4: The Theory of Desirable Difficulty
I am a big fan of Malcolm Gladwell's work, but was immensely let down by this book. Approximately 50% of the book I had already read in various New Yorker articles and the like that Gladwell had written over about 10 years, and here he simply tried to jam them all together with a realistic interpretation of David and Goliath at the beginning to try and make them all gel. If you're new to Gladwell, certainly look to his earlier works like Blink, Tipping Point, and Outliers which all have interesting tidbits that you can apply to your life and business. This on the other hand didn't flow or form any ideas in my head that weren't of the most plain variety.
Well researched thrillers Chriton-esque. Nonfiction: Science, medical, biography, "self-help" meta cognitive sub-genre, memoir, philosophy..
Not a Gladwell title
His narration is excellent. I liked BLINK and THE TIPPING POINT. I have been listening to this now for a couple of hours and I think he has made one moderately interesting point he is beating it to death.
I think he can be a slow starting read. However, this book seems to be exceptionally slow going and without any dynamic tempo that would suggest it is going to get better. I am going to move on.
I'm just a simple man who is trying to be water.
I would. Gladwell always has a way of making you look at the seemingly obvious a little differently.
Perhaps, "Blink", in that Gladwell presents a different take on common occurences.
Not really character driven.
Not really. For me this wasn't his most power work. It's sort of like how M. Night Shamalawhateverhisnameis, blew you away with the sixth sense then has been trying to capture audiences in the same manner ever since. Gladwell has consistenly challenged me. This one was very good, but not his best. "Outliers" (continues to) hit me on several emotonal levels. IMO, his best work.
No. But looking foward to my next Gladwell read.
It started out ok and the idea of smaller classes not being the solution was interesting...but overall I thought the title was out of whack.
It was recommended by a friend who thought it was only ok but said anecdotally there were some interesting points. I agree. Except for a few very little remains in my memory which is not the sign of a great book or even entertaining one.
I would have appreciated a more satisfying and complete ending. I fell asleep listening to the final chapter and played it back twice. Still not satisfied. I was intrigued by the data and comparisons Mr. Gladwell compiled; however, I expected a more dynamic ending -- some concise revelation that I could ponder and explore. His final words never jelled for me. Did I miss something?
Not sure, still shopping
I typically love Gladwell's books. This one, however, was not his best. I found myself getting bored and tuning out for a portion of the book. Gladwell's writing is typically interesting and insightful, but to me David and Goliath missed the mark this time.
The stories were generic and almost cliche
More unique and interesting stories on underdogs overcoming adversity
Don't get me wrong- Malcolm Gladwell is brilliant! This book just wasn't his best.