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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Interesting new perspective
There really appeared to be two distinct halves to this book. The first half which I really enjoyed focused more on the perception of the underdog and why that role is not always a bad thing but always perceived that way. I really enjoyed different perspective to this view. The second half of the book which at times got slow for me centered around the power of the human persona in the face of overwhelming odds or difficult situations. There was interesting viewpoints though to the outcome of actions in difficult situations.Overall this was a good read and I would recommend it.
well worth reading
the research drove each point home
It was him, more should do this
the first few chapters were the best, starts to feel just a bit belabored after the point has been driven home
Vb Joshi, Orlando, Florida 32751
The story of the girls basketball team and their coach employing unconventional ways to win games!
Also Wyatt Walker and MLK - excellent story telling skills put in effect to narrative a piece of history that is unforgettable
Excellent narrative style - capturing
Excellent book and a must read....a Gladwellion performance!
Absolutely! His stories are always though provoking and helps you see things from a different angle and apply it to today.
Did not read print version.
Several parts of the book stuck with me. I loved the opening sequence, the children's basketball story, and the Martin Luther King story. All of the stories are just so captivating.
There is no one moment I found moving, instead I found one story after the next to be riveting.
I think this is his best book yet.
In view of previous titles by the same author, I had great expectations from this book. However, I was a little disappointed after reading it: ideas were not as powerful as before, stories were not as compelling, points made were not as bright.
No, I think I would recommend titles from same author but not this one. It's not his best book in my opinion.
I was waiting for the big punch to come but either there was not one, or I've missed it.
This book weaves together a few big stories, and really got my mind energized. The 3 strike CA prison story I really appreciate. Before I heard this book I did not know the big fish little pond theory. The girls basketball story was long but brought home the point that my bosses could be keeping me from being on the winning team.
I wanted more high-level message wrap up.
Yes, Outliers. I liked Outliers better it was more connected.
Yes. Because the author reads this book himself, you really get the true tone and context of what he is trying to convey.
That adversity may very often be much more than an obstacle, but also an advantage. This book includes some wonderful history about the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, Northern Ireland, and a doctor's quest to cure Leukemia.
I have listened to The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers and I think this may be his best book yet.
While this book may be well-intentioned, it is not a good representation on Biblical Christianity. If it were simply a self-help book filled with inspiring stories I would have rated it much higher, but by attempting to parallel itself with some sort of Christianity, it deserves a much stricter critique.
Apart from the moral of the last story, this reviewer thinks it runs instead contrary to many biblical principles - the last story is somewhat redemptive.
It smacks of guidance counselor philosophy pretending at Christianity by using stories like David and Goliath. The author seems to forget, or not to know, that David defeated Goliath in the power of God, and not in his own strength. That is an important principle that is sorely lacing in this book.
The first half of the book seems to be about 'standing out, power-of-me attitudes, finding the right environment (college and good jobs) to be a big fish in a small pond', and nothing at all about glorifying God. This is a pervasive an attitude in our mainstream churches, and is reflected in the churches desire to legislate theology rather than draw close to God and lead others there.
If you enjoy Gladwell, then this book is for you. He applies simple solutions to complicated problems and then links everything to his theory. Knowing this ahead of time, giving him some leeway and in some cases just saying 'yeah right' others can and will enjoy the book. If you are a nit picker then this is likely not for you. His reading of it is very convincing and he does a great job.
I did enjoy this book and it was well worth getting the audiobook. Even if you do not agree with the simplicity of his theory's, which some I do not. I still enjoy someone reminding me that all is not what it seems. It reinforces that you should look deeper into all things, even the obvious, to see if that is really the case.
My advice would be to relax, listen and enjoy. Remember all is not what it seems, even this book.
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