Audie Award Finalist, Non-Fiction, 2013
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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A Gladwell book to me is like a Christmas present. Needless to say, I always look forward to his books. This one is no different. He has a unique perspective when looking at certain things and he communicates them very well. I always end up learning something.
The section on parental loss really stood out for me. My wife lost her dad many years ago and I immediately connected with his points.
I am also glad he narrates his book as he does a wonderful job. Great book, get it!!
Yes, even though I believe this book is not as strong as I had hoped.
He stayed on subject but it was very weak from the middle to the end
The performance was good, clearly spoken with good emphasis
No . . . just shorten it . . . maybe end it somewhere in the middle
The beginning of the book is extremely inspirational and sharp - it got my attention quickly - but alas it waned
Malcolm Gladwell provides clear analysis of a very human and fascinating issue. Explores the issue of winners and losers considers situations then the "little" man wins against what seem to be "insurmountable odds."
It expands on themes discussed in Blink. I was interested in the number of successful people who suffered loss or great difficulties when they were young.
He is clear and perfectly understandable. He tell a great story for each of the scenarios he provides. He is able to explore the research behind the issues without ever being dull or pedantic.
I did read it in one sitting. I plan to go back a read it again.
Malcolm Gladwell is one of my favorite authors. I was waiting for this new release and found it to be on par with signature insights. I was disappointed that it's only 7 hours long. If felt short. As an undiagnosed dyslexic and parent of a dyslexic, I know first hand the power of determination. I see it in myself and my daughter. Overall a great read!
Story of David and Goliath.
I enjoy his voice, inflection, and compassion.
Yes, but I don't know what. Maybe I would add some more trivia.
No, but I would recommend some of his earlier books, I thought that they were much more interesting.
He is OK
Not actually, but it might make me think differently about the big fish in small pond things.
Gladwell is a gifted writer and an exceptional narrator. He brings these talents to bear on his newest book and deliveres a great performance as usual. Unfortunately, the content isn't as strong as a couple of his previous books. The connections between the stories and his overall premise is a bit stretched at times and occasionally difficult to see how they relate.
Still a good buy however with some solid takeaways and as usual, a new perspective on the world.
Gladwells books are always thought provoking and this one makes us think about the underdogs and how they have had success in overcoming their disadvantages. Maybe David should have been favored . Another great Gladwell book
One of the best if not the best
The way he weaves his story and how he explores each side of the issue.
His vocal inflection makes him a very interesting person to listen to.
Absolutely. It gave a whole new understanding of how things are very different from what we have come to accept as truths and how the underdog has an equal chance of making it great.
Blink. Most every book by Malcolm Gladwell gives you a new way to look at something we take as fact and realize that there are other alternatives.
When he spoke about the struggles of dyslexic individuals with reading became great listeners and how that was such a great asset to the professions they became the top of.
It was profound for me and came at a time in my life when the information was exactly what I needed to hear.
I find it hard to put his books down. Love, love, love his whole series.
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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