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.
Gallup Strengths: INPUT ~ LEARNER ~ ACHIEVER ~ RESPONSIBILITY ~ DISCIPLINE
At the top with his other books.
Giant and David...perfect title selection.
Relating the stories to well-known historical stories.
A new way of looking at history...
I am a big fan of Malcolm Gladwell and was excited to get this book. Unfortunately, not as good as Tipping Point and Blink.
I had a dilemma how to evaluate this book: 1 or 5 stars. In this book as in his previous books the master-mind, Mr. Gladwell, is one of very few who is trying to find scientific evidence to sometimes not obvious and shocking conclusions. However, in this book, "the selective simplification" achieved embarrassing results. From case-to-case the author uses arguments and statistics so arbitrarily that I am convinced the does not believe in his own deductions. It was very hard to read primitive attempts to justify the unethical means by the desired goal (putting kids on the front line in the fight against racism) and at the same time forgetting the same argument (and BTW the same statistics) Mr. Gladwell used attempting to disqualify "three strikes" criminal law by "improvements started even before" logic.
I am sure Mr. Gladwell wanted to promote the very leftist views, and that would have been fine, if he did a better job to justify his views, but the flaws are so obvious, so the only conclusion I came up to was that he needed money and tried to make fools out of sensitive good people who are his reading audience.
I am still glad I read the book: some stories and facts and possible justifications given are thought provoking to me, but I ended up evaluating this book with one star, because I found it unfair that such a great and talented author deliberately (IMHO) disappointed the audience for what I can only believe would be money.
First half of the book was O.K. in the second half he struggled to weave together the ideas.
Yes, I love Gladwell's writing.
This performance seemed strained in comparison to his better books.
I expect to learn or to have my preconceptions changed after reading M Gladwell. He did it again.
The two most memorable discussions were about the methods of warfare and reasons for David's defeat of Goliath as well as the psychological effects of London bombing. I
The description of Goliath's size and likely medical condition fit perfectly
Ii look forward to M. Gladwell's next book
Don't expect a deep long examination into how the underdogs win. Expect what Mr. Gladwell has been giving us with his books - fun, short interesting stories tied together that make you say you hmmm. The things he relates are always different ways to see things, thought provoking ways, ways I certainly hadn't thought of.
I always enjoy his books and run to get the latest one. This one did not disappoint.
I suppose it would be the title story - David fighting Goliath differently than Goliath would have expected - from afar. That could be why the tale is that he won by a slingshot swing. Goliath couldn't swing fists that far.
Yes. The content and stories were captivating in this way.
It's makeup, though, is one that allows you to break when you need to. I read audiobooks while walking my dog so it makes it easy to break when my walks are over. Since I have three books going at any one time - an audio, a paper, and an electronic, I need to be able to break my audiobook quickly, at the end of my walks.
So, although I could listen all at one time, I didn't.
I always enjoy a Gladwell book. It is one that, for me borders on my category of "fluff." That is said in the kindest possible way.
Surprising, Amazing, Shattering
The author takes a historical event that we have heard from one viewpoint, emphasis and conclusion - and overturns it without taking away from the overall spiritual aspect of story. Really masterful.
Everything You Never Considered About David and Goliath