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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The stories of people with learning disabilities and how they overcame those difficulties to rise to the top of their chosen careers.
The bombing of London was very interesting.
Jay Freirich's story was very moving.
I sometimes wonder if the author thought about the concept first and then found a story to validate his line of thinking. Shouldn't it be the other way around ? i.e., Looking at stories and finding patterns. The stories are great but I cant help wondering.
The narration was okay. The subject material was anecdotal and not consistent with the theme.
As or I would have suggested the author make the stories more relevant to the subject matter.
I listen to a book a day just about. I am 49, I love mystery, thriller, true crime. G.Guidall best reader for me.
I am not sure what I expected, to be honest. I am please with this book and will listen to it again at some point. Some great examples in this book and does make you think or rethink on life issues.
The fact that Malcolm reads his own books, gives the listener a better understanding of his meaning and makes the books main points hit home.
All in Chapter 4: The Theory of Desirable Difficulty
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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.
Well researched thrillers Chriton-esque. Nonfiction: Science, medical, biography, "self-help" meta cognitive sub-genre, memoir, philosophy..
Not a Gladwell title
His narration is excellent. I liked BLINK and THE TIPPING POINT. I have been listening to this now for a couple of hours and I think he has made one moderately interesting point he is beating it to death.
I think he can be a slow starting read. However, this book seems to be exceptionally slow going and without any dynamic tempo that would suggest it is going to get better. I am going to move on.
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 typically love Gladwell's books. This one, however, was not his best. I found myself getting bored and tuning out for a portion of the book. Gladwell's writing is typically interesting and insightful, but to me David and Goliath missed the mark this time.
The stories were generic and almost cliche
More unique and interesting stories on underdogs overcoming adversity
Don't get me wrong- Malcolm Gladwell is brilliant! This book just wasn't his best.
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