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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good story. like his thoughts. some seem repetitive when compared to other books but this is worth the listen
I loved Tipping Point and Outliers. I could not even finish this one. I found the subject matter boring... either I've heard the story before, or I didn't care about the story being told.
Not nearly as enjoyable as Tipping Point and Outliers.
Narrator was fine.
I'm still a Gladwell fan, and I will purchase most anything he writes.
Very well thought out and performed. I really enjoyed the rich descriptions of the people and places. Book was sad at times, but I believe helped me to understand my own risk aversion in situations not nearly as trying as those described. Also leaves you wondering and hoping that we could all be courageous in times of need and struggle.
I had heard this book was AMAZING but I was a little disappointed. I have listed to his "Outliers" and loved that hit didn't really like this all that much.
David and Goliath is one of the better books that I have read. It ties in beautifully with other works by Gladwell such as the tipping point and begs to illustrate the need for individual, outside the box thinking when faced with dogma and the cliched referred too Chinese description of insanity; Doing the same thing over again expecting a different result.
Frankly that David's defeat of Goliath was not a miracle because of a sling and stone against a giant, no, that was simply physics as wonderfully described by Gladwell, the miracle was the inspiration that a smaller, lighter, insignificant shepherd would understand that with agility and skill he could take down the dogmatic mechanism of his day that decisively settled battles.This book is one that every soldier, civilian professional and every politician needs to read. It begs for simple solutions and the obvious when faced with complexity and social structures that continue to fail but are promoted by only those with vested interests.
Again David's battle against Goliath but I would also say that the story of J Freireich and Emil Frei working against the "smartest people in the room" to actually cure childhood leukemia was touching to the point of tears. I am a medical educator and I am sucked by the dogma that pervades our society when novel ideas and bold thinking are introduced. The entrenched bureaucracies of modern American medicine have not yielded better care but only more costly methods. The story of Freireich and Frei is a call to arms for every conscientious American physician to stand their ground for simplicity and sanity in the face of corporate crazies and politicians who promise the world but end up hurting people in with their avarice.
No, on my way to work and on cross campus walks for research collaboration.
Gladwell is such a good story teller. His soft-spoken voice and emotion in reading are both easy to listen too and appropriately measured. He is an American James Burke and his research is solid and his conclusions clear. He is a gift to America from our Canadian neighbors and we are the better for his work.
This book causes you to think outside the box. It causes you to reflect on why we do or think what normal is and our desire to fit within the normal parameter.
Gladwell is a great story teller. He proves his point with stories that will make you cry, while still being backed by data.
The narrator made the book almost unbearable to listen to.
It would be extremely helpful if you included the meal plan in the pdf. It's a pain to have to write it down seperately.
I am yet to find a bad book from Malcolm Gladwell. This book is excellent; the concepts are simply explained yet well elaborated and documented.
The only issue with this book is the same than for any Malcolm Gladwell book ... is that it has to stop
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