Malcolm Gladwell is the master of initiating paradigm shifts! As always he uses stories, logic and data combined to help you a new perspective and gain a new understanding and appreciation of the world. In this book he helps you see missed strengths, opportunities and mindsets to achieving remarkable goals.
there's an old saying that the plural of anecdote is not data. that is how I feel after listening to his book. a lot of stories. I'm just not sure that I agree with the overall hypothesis in the book.
This book is remarkably profound. Malcolm's use of real people with real stories as examples to illustrate his points was extremely moving and memorable. This book should be a "must read" for the academic and business person alike.
Was never much of a reader before due to the fact i had to actually read. Now i'm discovering unexpected adventures with time to do other th
No idea, i buy audio books for a reason, and that's because i don't have the time nor enjoy reading.
So perhaps i've already answered the question, yes, yes it is.
Maybe the Secret History of the American Empire by John Perkins.
Just because both offer a lot of history that you didn't necessarily sign up for, yet you're getting anyway, and both are explained in a very interesting way sharing and showcasing how the strategy for both decisions worked, what it tried to get and how it was achieved.
Granted, the 'Secret History of the American Empire' is showcasing how the American Empire works and generates money, whereas this book, David & Goliath, shows how the little guy can strategically make or be in a position to make big changes and essentially turn the tide.
Not that kind of book
Although he does really get into the voices and you can feel the emotion from who he has interviewed.
It's nice because he doesn't correct the people's English, nor correct for the way they speak, so even though he doesn't put on accents, you can get a feel for how the interviewed person providing such information actually spoke.
Also because he is reading his own book, he knows where to put the emphasis in the things he needs to explain. I think that's very important.
In the section that was talking about Black history in the USA and King standing up to the local KKK groups.
If I could extend my title it would be 'Like an unwanted but much needed history lesson in how the little guy or apparent little guy can strategically make, or take advantage of situations'
It's not so much about David & Goliath, because it was shown early on that we have, throughout time, not remembered it as it was, but its about showing that the little guy may not be as little as we think he is.
I think pairing with the 'Secret History of the American Empire' (even though that book is a struggle to get through) is a good idea just because it showcases many examples where people WANT you to believe one thing, simply in order to keep different groups of people down, and ensure they're always on top.
The book gets you to think more critically and cynically of people's descriptions of certain events and to enquire the actual situation and actual happenings of the time to understand just how things can be swayed in other's favour.
As a woman who earned a PhD in Clinical & Community Psychology & has seen many thousands of psychotherapy clients over the last twenty years, I believe I learn nearly as much about human nature with each of Malcolm Gladwell's books I read (or listen to,) as I do in a year of work & training. Or more accurately, perhaps, Gladwell's erudite research and writing help me synthesize so much that I observe in my own studies & in the consulting room. I had the opportunity to meet Gladwell, briefly, after hearing him speak at the American Psychological Association in Boston, in August of 2008. His vitality is palpable; I think he makes a huge difference in the world through his work. DAVID & GOLIATH is probably my favorite of his books thus far. It's something when one can say, particularly of a non-fiction piece, "I couldn't put it down."
Dr. Ruth Wittersgreen
...and I'm doing my best resisting melting down on the treadmill. Guiding, real-life stories and mind-and-life-changing principles fill the entirety of this book. Every bit is powerful. And then the final paragraph! Listen to this audiobook; Malcolm is beyond skilled in his narration. One of the few audiobooks I can readily recommend and will actually listen to again (not just say so).