… some of it was kind of "obvious" to someone grown up on scandinavian social democratic tradition.
The examples are good and illustrative.
The analysis of the Biblical story of David and Goliath was the most interesting in my view.
I have read other books by Malcolm Gladwell, but never found them to challenge my long held beliefs as much as this one did. So many ideas I have taken for granted were examined and turned on their sides. In this world of sound bites, Gladwell has delved deeply into ideas surrounding education, religion, society and the idea of what is and isn't a disability. I am a teacher and the. Other of four children. what I read here made me see how the struggles people face are often so important to their development and success. In my work as a teacher, I have seen how students who have had to struggle in their early school years often out perform their peers who found their early school years easy. I would recommend this books to teachers, parents, and anyone who is a student of society. I found myself wishing the book was longer because it was so engaging.
Brings so many theories of who has the upper hand in sports, college choices, war, school class size, religion under the light and show how those strengths can be the same weaknesses.
How under estimating the opponent and believing in your own strategy can completely change the way the game is played!
As always, Gladwell does a great job of introducing alternative viewpoints that deserve consideration. I always finish his books with lots to think about and consider.
Malcolm Gladwell's book David and Goliath is an interesting book and does bring some fresh perspective to an old thought process. His performance of the reading delivers the tone and emphasis of his writing style quite well. I would say the most disappointing piece to me is that the focus seems to be on human effort and control of one's self. There is little hope for those who do not have the same traits as those push past convention. The book was enlightening, yet disappointing, because I am not like that.