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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This book was better than I thought it would be. Malcolm Gladwell, as always, does a wonderful job of narrate ring his own books.
Highly recommended. So good.
This book is extremely interesting and has surprising examples of why things aren't always what you think. It also has some heart wrenching stories of survivors which have given me food for further thought.
An outstanding read.
I haven't read the print version.
I was particularly intrigued with the discussion of universities.
Are you David, Goliath or a bystander? Gladwell touches on the pros and cons of all three. He goes further to elaborate on the pros of being all 3 at appropriate times. This book delivers. Read it!
A lover of history, of art, of storytelling and of the people behind all of these things.
I love Gladwell's books and love that he reads them. This piece explains why the underdog wins - and why it shouldn't surprise us when he does.
Extremely we'll researched. The story regarding French impressionists was phenomenal and was worth the price of the entire book. A must listen!
The threads of David and Goliath are not as impressively interwoven as his other books. He is a great story teller, but there are too many violent and depressing stories in this one.
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