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 anecdotes dragged on for quite a while. This could have been either a long podcast or this length of book with more substantial evidence.
I listen to this book through audible. The author narrated his own work, and that lend credibility to the read. The book captured my attention and I found excuses to drive simply to listen to the book further. The collection of facts and interesting stories where captivating. The only criticism I have regarding the book is that it lacked a summary at the end tying everything back to The original story of David and Goliath, and how underdogs actually defeat their Giants.
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I have enjoyed every book Mr. Gladwell has written. Mr. Gladwell has a terrific (soft) voice for the narration, and it is great to hear the author's intonation.
Becoming immersed into the story as Mr. Gladwell describes David's encounter with Goliath.
I have read or listened to every book Mr. Gladwell has published (I think) and he really has a unique perspective that he only espouses after meticulous research.
I just kept replaying the author's description of David as he walked toward Goliath.
Great perspective, and so well written that it lends itself to a very large audience.
Underdogs can win, we can will against the larger competition.
It's a bummer to read "Am I a dog, "he roared at David, "that you come at me with a stick", Malcolm quotes it as sticks and said Goliath had a vision problem which is why he saw David's shepard staff as sticks, but the "Chronological Life Application Study Bible" has it as stick, singular - this worries me, since I base my belief in Malcolm's fabulous writing is based on meticulous research, why would he misquote something everyone can look up, the King James has it as staves so maybe this is what Malcolm relied on, "And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods."
We need more Malcolm Gladwells to challenge our cultures assumptions - love his Outliers book - just wonderful, this one is just as good :-)
A good paradigm shifting look at advantage and conventional thinking. Too often we are stuck in a narrow view of our world. We quit without using our talents because we don't see them. This book helps you to open your mind.
I love the way Gladwell tells stories and induces theories from the stories. I don't always agree with his theories - they sound convincing but they're just theories - but I love the way he communicates and makes me think.
I really good listen.
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