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 only thing better than reading a Gladwell book is listening to Malcolm Gladwell read a Gladwell book. Definitely a five star read and reading.
I deeply appreciate the way Gladwell weaves storytelling and research together. In his hands heartbreak and a closer, longer look at humanity reveal unexpected truth. These are practical revelations I will immediately apply. Very well read! Will listen again certain to learn more.
I love all of Malcolm Gladwell's writing. this again made me really think and ponder how we can easily underestimate the underdog.
Gladwell's other books seem to be based on facts rather than looking for facts to support a narrative.
As in his other books, he tells the story with conviction. He is easy to listen to.
When you buy a Gladwell book, you start with some pretty high expectations. And, as usual, I think he delivers another outstanding volume with David and Goliath. If you don't learn something, you're just not trying real hard! Strongly recommend this one...
Big fan of Mr. Gladwell and yet again another fantastic book subtracted one star due to the religious references which could have been toned down. Overall great book
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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