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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Great history lesson. A book every American should read. I thought it was excellent how Gladwell framed these stories in the context of the tale of David and Goliath. I have a much different view of the underdog and how one can use one's "disadvantages as advantages." Highly recommend.
I definitely would, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in motivation or that stoicism is a great outlook on life. This book teaches lessons using examples from the old story of David and Goliath to examples from different CEOs who have had to face adversities in their life which have helped them to become better suited later on in life.
I really enjoyed the message that this book conveyed and Malcolm Gladwell did a wonderful job authoring this book.
I have read his books but this was the only one that I listened to, it compares to the full experience of reading the books, he is a great author.
I didn't have an extreme reaction, however, it was not an emotional book so much as it was very interesting.
I wasn't overly excited when this book came out because the last one I listened to (What the dog saw) was quite a disappointment.
Well good news...this book was nothing like that. I was glued and listened to this book faster than A weekend of of binge watching House of Cards.
Familiar themes for Gladwell, entertainingly told. At times he over simplifies complex sociological analysis to make a point, but generally to good effect. Recommended.
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