Audie Award Winner, Non-Fiction, 2014
Malcolm Gladwell, the number-one best-selling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What the Dog Saw, offers his most provocative - and dazzling - book yet.
Three thousand years ago, on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and a sling, and ever since then the names of David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants. David's victory was improbable and miraculous. He shouldn't have won.
Or should he have?
In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.
Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago. From there, David and Goliath examines Northern Ireland's Troubles, the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, murder and the high costs of revenge, and the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms - all to demonstrate how much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity.
In the tradition of Gladwell's previous best sellers, David and Goliath draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think about the world around us.
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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.
It was good. As with other Gladwell books, the points he makes are often illustrated with very specific examples which are less than scientific, but they are entertaining an on point nonetheless.
A personal connection. He obviously knows what innuendo and tone he wants to present his material.
I would guess they are equal but I have not read the print version.
I have read 5 Galdwell books and this falls dead smack in the middle. Below Outliers and Tipping Point, but much better than Blink and What The Dog Saw.
The first third of the book was the most interesting, then it became derivative.
This comes across as a negative review, that is not my intent. I enjoyed the book very much. Falls in my top 5 books for 2013, just not as good as previous works by Galdwell. .
I've listened to all if Gladwell's books. His performance is always soothing and enjoyable, if a little dry. I love his slant on the topics he tackles and leave every good with a head full of questions to change the way I look at the world (at least for a little while).
I just didn't find David and Goliath as strong has his other books. Good but not great.
His other books left me feeling empowered simply by having a better understanding of the machinery of our mind. I didn't walk away from David and Goliath with tools that made me feel ready to change anything.
@natesrandomisms Believer (27yrs), Husband (15yrs), Dad (3yrs), Son (35yrs), Broken neck survivor.
In the top ten.....
The Trust Edge - This is the next audio book you should buy.
When the author reads the book, you can feel the heart and passion of the author.
Yes, but I would listen to it in stages.
Excellent Read. One of the best books I have listened to. Excellent beginning to end. Highly recommned.
Highlights many positive experiences that many would find challenging.
No, actually, a book that I will probably listen to again at a later time.
Excellent. A must read. Will continue to highly recommend to friends and family.
I love to read and listen to books of all kinds, but I am always interested in connecting to new authors.
Malcolm Gradwell is a master of weaving short stories into a a point (underdogs, misfits and battling giants) to create credible themes. I have read or listened to all his books and can't wait for the next. This is book, audio or print version, is a must read!
Gladwell reads material like a professional! After completing the audio, I purchased the book.
I have read or listened to all of his books. This is my favorite to date, but all the other are a close second.
Being an educator, I loved the section on selecting the right university. Very thought provoking and defines my career.
I write very few reviews, but Gladwell deserves a pat on the back. Thank you for what you do. Your writing expands my thinking.
Married to a Presbyterian Pastor - 4 grand children - just returned from a mission trip to Russia - Career - Interior designer
I have purchased several copies for family members. I hope they read the interesting pages of this book.
The David and Goliath story - insights into GOD'S plan for David.
Excellent - He is articulate and interesting.
Yes! It is insightful and full of hope!
I plan to read more of Malcolm Gladwells's books.
Interesting educational book
Yes, a lot of interesting facts
He is fine but I am not sure he brought anything more than anyone else
I could have done that, but I didn't.
This is definitely worth listening to.
There aren't many books that I would read or listen to more than once however I would listen to this book a second time. The facts that Gladwell pulls out are a fascinating twist to old ideas.
Gladwell has improved his performance with this book. It is very interesting to hear to author's inflection in the narration--you can clearly hear is emphasis in a few spots in the book.
I think that every parent should read this book, it will likely help shape your thinking about where you child attends school and why.
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