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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Yes - central tenets of the books were really interesting and Gladwell is a great storyteller.
Yes - with reservations.
Nope - not much more to the argument.
As with his other books, Gladwell grossly over-generalizes to get his point across and he usually doesn't need to. His points are throughout-provoking in and of themselves.
I enjoy all of his books and this one is no exception. Although I may not agree with all his conclusions , his arguments are sound.
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The man's voice is so calming that it's worth the listen just to hear him talk.
The stories that are told in the book are captivating and intriguing. Malcolm Gladwell provides a host of characters who give colourful illustration to his central theme of disadvantages being advantageous and advantages sometimes being crippling disadvantages. Having the author narrate made it a much more intimate experience.
I think that some of the concepts that are explored are worthy to be tested in a setting where social issues collide with technical challenges.
Having read Tipping Point I am tempted to listen to it to see if I gain any additional insights by having the author read it. A quality product throughout.
I really love Malcolm Gladwell and have enjoyed many of his previous books but I did not enjoy this book. I enjoyed the story about class sizes and Ivy League school but most of the stories were not engaging to me and I found myself looking forward to the end.
If you read/listen to the book it is really good until he explains the California three strikes law was good but then bad and contradicts himself a few times. Then goes on to compare it to a Mennonite/pacifist couple in Canada. That part is more nonsense and a political statement with Gladwell putting forth a self-serving epistle that aligned with his rediscovering his Mennonite faith. That part DID NOT fit the book. If you get over that part the ending about Le Chambon during WW2 was very good.
Up there. I really enjoyed it. Thought provoking content and the author does a great job narrating.
His voice! The voice is a powerful thing. There's so much emotion and nuance that is more accessible in listening.
I don't know that it would make a great film.
I have yet to listen to something from Malcolm Gladwell that I did not consider excellent. Having dyslexia really makes this book a must read. For I was driving in my car to work listening to this book, was on the portion of dyslexia and had to pull off the side of the road for I started crying. The tears were hearing someone understood and be able to explain all that I’ve gone through in my life. I’ve never been able to put into words or understood truly my issues. For you ask a hearing impaired person or sight impaired person what is a here and what do they see what all they have heard and seen was nothing. Asking a dyslexic why do you read this, do you reverse letters, how are you not reading this correctly. Is the same thing of asking a blind person what they see. All I know is I would not be as successful as I am without being dyslexic, I do not believe I would have pushed myself or have gotten the support from my parents if it was easy. As Mr. Gladwell states in the book, I would not wish this on anyone but it disadvantage I do not see it as.
I consider myself a very successful architect, I specialize in hospitals. Very technically/complicated building, I’m considered a code expert which requires reading and understanding. I contribute my dyslexia to giving me the gift of understanding. Very difficult for me to read the codebooks, my comprehension level is high
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How Mr. Gladwell researches and comes out with solid nuggets of heady goodness!
David from the David and Goliath story.
When the author shows why Goliath fell!
I was mainly in awe!
Question your assumptions.
Articulates and adds tone to the words that only the author would
Admittedly, I enjoy all of Mr. Gladwell's writings - I don't always agree with his argument, I appreciate the logical presentation and always food for thought
Great audiobook and very enjoyable material.My one complaint (as always) is the pricing of audiobooks vs the hard copy - one would think the digital version would be less expensive. . .
David and Goliath is definitely an interesting book and are at times very hard to put down. Malcolm Gladwell has really found a lot if interesting cases though i sometimes felt that it was more a story of extraordinary people than an investigation into the case of the underdog against the giant. I sometimes had the feeling of the book loosing focus and burying itself in the story of an individual though it always returned and made sense of the case. The narration by Malcolm Gladwell was a little soft for me and would have preferred someone with a slightly harder voice, but otherwise good narration. Overall a very interesting book thats definitely worth the a credit, especially if you enjoyed his other books.
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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