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
I am a big Malcolm Gladwell fan, but I was a little disappointed by this book, both the content and the performance. I didn't find his arguments very compelling, for example the ascertain that dyslexia can produce success because, as kids, these people have had to try so hard to do everything. Sure there are a few outstanding people who have dyslexia, but what about those who aren't outstanding? His argument seems to be that "this works this way . . . unless it doesn't." Not as tight and well-argued as his previous books. His reading of the book is not so great -- it's like he isn't enjoying it very much either. I'm glad I bought it and listened to it, but I was expecting more.
No. It seemed that the author could have taken advantage of current day scenarios that would have delivered the point more effectively. I waited for it, but just never got the big bang viola, that I've gotten from his previous works.
I have. Some did in fact like it better than I, however they hadn't read his previous books.
This was fine. Gladwell has an excellent speaking voice. Tone and tempo are perfect.
I look forward to his next publication.
I always enjoy a Gladwell book because I know I'll hear something that makes me think and he's an author who isn't afraid to have an opinion. Sometimes I agree with him and sometimes not but it gives me the opportunity to think and decide which is fun. This book got a bit repetitive about half way through with the studies it used but I knew his prior books and came in expecting that so it delivered on my expectations.
It was a powerful lesson in un-conventional thinking. Not "out of the box" but somewhere so far from the box the box isn't visible. This book, although probably not meant to be, should be required reading for every teacher in the World. I'll definitely put a copy in my kids hands when they are a little older, like 12 or 13? Wish I could get the staff and faculty at my kids school to cover this.
Damn near all of them. But that wife in the last story - she stands out in characters not just in this book, but in the World. Biblical proportions.
Outliars. And this one was just as compelling. I'm addicted, give me more!
I cried repeatedly, but it was an emotional grab. Some of the stories, and the actions of the characters just blew me away. I couldn't get over thinking how normal these people were, yet doing super human abnormal acts, not of strength or performance, but of character.
A must read - read - re-read - re-read again. This one will get worn out.
Dad, Dentist, Adventurer. Well... at least 2 of those.
Like all his books I didn't necessarily agree with all of his conclusions. But the stories he tells to get his point across are compelling and deeply thought provoking.
The David and Goliath part was interesting but his evidence that Goliath had acromegaly was pretty weak.
-"What am I a dog that you come at me with staves", that is supposed to mean he had double vision, or poor vision. Uh sure.
-The fact that he had a shield bearer is supposed to mean that he couldn't carry his own shield, cause a foot soldier would've carried his own shield. Or maybe he was kinda special and they treated him a little different than your average foot soldier... cause he was freaking huge.