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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I am a big fan of Malcolm Gladwell's work, but was immensely let down by this book. Approximately 50% of the book I had already read in various New Yorker articles and the like that Gladwell had written over about 10 years, and here he simply tried to jam them all together with a realistic interpretation of David and Goliath at the beginning to try and make them all gel. If you're new to Gladwell, certainly look to his earlier works like Blink, Tipping Point, and Outliers which all have interesting tidbits that you can apply to your life and business. This on the other hand didn't flow or form any ideas in my head that weren't of the most plain variety.
I'm just a simple man who is trying to be water.
I would. Gladwell always has a way of making you look at the seemingly obvious a little differently.
Perhaps, "Blink", in that Gladwell presents a different take on common occurences.
Not really character driven.
Not really. For me this wasn't his most power work. It's sort of like how M. Night Shamalawhateverhisnameis, blew you away with the sixth sense then has been trying to capture audiences in the same manner ever since. Gladwell has consistenly challenged me. This one was very good, but not his best. "Outliers" (continues to) hit me on several emotonal levels. IMO, his best work.
No. But looking foward to my next Gladwell read.
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 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.
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.
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