Audie Award Finalist, 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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Very informative and entertaining. The delivery by the author made the book that much better to listen to. Highly recommend this audio book.
Absolutely will listen to this book again. The stories are well articulated and support deep ideas that change the way I'm looking at disadvantages. Honestly, apart from the content, I felt like Gladwell took his story-telling ability to another level in this book - another learning apart from the content itself.
This book put me in a deeply thoughtful state each time I listened to another part. It spurred several really meaningful conversations with friends and family about real, gritty life realities.
If you like Gladwell's past work, you'll love this one. I imagine some folks will dislike the religious undertones, but don't let it take away from the stellar content and ideas that are captured in this work.
I enjoy listening to Malcom Gladwell, he has an easy to listen to voice, tells a great story and usually manages to make it relevant to the business focused reader. I like the fact that Malcom reads the stories himself as it lends a bit of personal connection, and I loved: What the Dog Saw, Outliers, Blink and Tipping Point.
I have two problems with this book though, the first one is that there was no connection between the examples and how you might leverage this in business (I guess this isn't a business book?). I can see how you might take some life lesssons from it, but I am guessing the only real life lesson is that if you had a crappy childhood and are now successful or in jail here's why.
My second problem is actually bigger than the first. Malcom uses a couple of horrifying examples of murdered children to illustrate his point of how one can triumph or flounder as a result of adversity. I think most adult readers already get the concept without the need to add the absolute nightmare of a child being murdered or abducted, abused and murdered. It was more than I could listen to as a parent of young girls whose care and protection is my primary reason for living.
In the end I don't think I really took much away from this book that I didn't already intuitively know, and there were no business references that I can recall when I am playing my role as visionary business leader. All in all I will say I am disappointed in this book, it feels like a sell-out to get something on the shelf and keep the cash flow going. I will have to be more selective of the next (if any) Gladwell book I purchase, as I feel he has betrayed his brand.
Parents read at your own risk.....
When the narrator is talking, I noticed a somewhat irritable high-pitch "whisps" as he is talking. I think it may just be the way he talks or possibly poor audible recording quality.
insightful, enlightening, inspirational
learning the back story of the civil rights movement
I've read (heard) all of his books and his look, style and delivery all fit to create a perfect auditory experience.
the mother loosing her daughter because she was too busy to pick her up from school.
Malcolm keep sharing your unique perspectives on the everyday occurrences in our lives.
The premise made little sense half the book he's telling you that you want to be the underdog but then he tells you why that isn't a good thing. Also the example he gives are one in a trillion. The majority of the time those people are complete failures and the ones who do make it come from wealth or circumstance.
Yes. But only because of his previous books. If this was all he ever wrote then absolutely NOT!
It put me to sleep even faster because the subject matter was irrational.
Everything after David and Goliath. That was the only one that made his point kind of.
The Doctor story, and Renaissance artist stories were the only other ones worth hearing about. The book never really starts and just drags on and on.
I might listen to it again. It's nice ear candy, but the healthy kind so your teeth aren't rotting. Maybe it's more like fruit, like a curious strawberry. Only 10 or so calories, but sweet and tasty. That's how I feel about Gladwell - so enjoyable and curious - and not too heavy.
Just like all the others, though it may be a little more tedious. I enjoyed Blink and Tipping Point more.
He's a great narrator, but no character stands out.
David was a slinger!! Holla!
If you enjoyed "Outliers" you should probably read this book as well. Malcolm Gladwell makes the reader want to sip coffee and discuss his conclusions with a bunch of their friends. This book is compelling because it makes one think. Experientially it makes sense that too much of a good thing (money) can become a bad thing. Most of us also know people who have overcome the deaths of their parents at an early age, or perhaps some other tragic event, and have still become resounding successes. So taking that into consideration, Gladwell's points seem obvious. But are they? Do we really expect the supposive underdog to win? Or can we even see the advantages they have from their more apparent disadvantages? The answer for me is often no, which is why I enjoyed the book.
Yes, as I am Dyslexic! And Mr. Gladwell reads very well and is entertaining
Most of his books are very good. In non fiction I also enjoyed The Great Influenza by
John M Barry.
Inflection and emphasis and entertainment.
It was great food for thought even when I disagreed with him. The book also provoked
great conversations with friends and family members.
For slow readers, dyslexics and insomniacs Audible is wonderful! My children gave
me a gift certificate for my birthday which I have almost used up this month. David and
Goliath was one of the books on Audible I used with my gift certificate.
I loved Gladwell's book Outliers as well as Tipping Point and Blink, but this book disappointed. For me, the content, the stories, and the topics really did not fit well with the title. I expected extraordinary stories and lessons on how the little guy beats the big guy. The stories and lessons that Gladwell presents were loosely tied to that theme, but for me, I felt like I was reading a book by a different title. I felt like the stories, the themes, and the lessons were disparate and didn't connect very well. It's the typical Gladwell style and formula which I enjoy, but I think he chose the wrong the content/stories.
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