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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simple and to the point
Lead with a Story by Paul Smith. The book uses stories to support the author's points.
The description of the inverted U-shaped curve and the discussion on choice between being at a top school and a not so renowned school. As in PhD student, this resonated with me.
when talking about the Civil Rights movement in relation to the central thesis of the book.
I am not sure though why the author spent so much time on the three strike rule and other legal examples in the latter sections of the book.
No, only the first 2 1/2 hours where worth listening to.
The David and Goliath analogies in the first part of the book are very insightful
No, too boring
I read NYTimes reviews of the book after being done with it, and those reviews were, for once, dead on for me. Great insight in the first 1/3 of the book information that can be useful for business logic and thinking. After that the book is very very repetitive and gets too dark for me. I would not recommend, one of Gladwell's worst work, and I like all his other books.
Yes, it made me think deeply from about my own weaknesses and the ways I've compensated for them into strengths. During my drive while listening I realized there were some points I needed to explore further.
What the Dog Saw. It felt like a great topic for a series of short stories...not necessarily an entire book.
A discussion of strengths, weaknesses and how advantages are born.
I'm a huge Malcolm Gladwell fan since he both entertains and gets me thinking about things important to me personally and professionally. Blink helped me improve my customer surveys. What the Dog Saw helped me with interviewing. D vs G didn't have quite that impact, but was none-the-less quite interesting. Just felt like the story was a bit long for the message. Having said that, I was in holiday traffic while listening and it passed the time marvelously!
Any fool can know something the point is to understand!
While it may not change your mind it will make you think about your beliefs and challenges you to view opposing mind sets. I enjoyed how he brought up many common ideas and asked you to view them from another point of view. His questioning of some issues may be uncomfortable; but isn't learning something new always uncomfortable?
Well read and well written.
I would up to 3/4 of the way through, then it gets a little long. I think it does a great job of pointing out everyday events in a new light- which is something Gladwell excels at.
The character who chose the hardest school and ended up leaving science as a result was my favorite. Probably because I felt like it is something that happens to more people everyday and people never see it.
no opinion- he does a good job with these readings
yes, for the most part. I enjoyed listening to it on what would have otherwise been a boring car trip-part of the reason I chose a Gladwell book.
Say something about yourself!
I have read / listened to all of Malcolm Gladwell's books. He has a way of making you think differently about things. This is another hit!
I've read all of Malcolm Gladwell's books and loved everyone of them, but this one didn't work for me.
The beginning is good, with some interesting stories and analysis, but then it ventures into weird areas that read more like a history book. I often couldn't figure out how it had anything to do with the "David/Little Guy and Goliath/Big Guy" concept. It was just too abstract and obtuse.
I will give Gladwell credit for the ton of research he must have done on this book --- it's got some very interesting facts and stories that i can't imagine how he discovered. I'm sure he worked hard at it.
I also think he does a good job of reading the book -- his inflections and pace add a lot of emphasis to key areas.
But overall, I can not recommend it like his other books. I often thought about turning it off, but I forced myself to slog through it, hoping it would get better.
It's definitely not as entertaining and addicting as other Gladwell books, but it had some bright spots. I'm glad I read it overall, just to at least round out the library of his work, but I think it's the weakest thus far and that the profiles in the book lack the pop of those from either outliers, blink, or tipping point.
I would rate it as my least favorite thus far, and also mention that the subject matter was the heaviest I've come across from his work.
I haven yet listened to Tipping Point, though I've read it. I may listen to that as it's a different experience doing so in comparison to reading.
It's entertaining in some of the bits, but overall a bit of a let down as I was eagerly awaiting a new Gladwell tome!
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
In this work Gladwell looks at how by exploiting the big bad adversary by making their strength their biggest weakness often the underdog can prevail. He starts with the story of David and Goliath and expands from there to many other examples of the phenomenon. It is a very inspiring read. The only part I took fault with was the discussion of the disadvantage of the small fish in the big pond when talking about the average student at the top tier colleges like Harvard and Brown. Gladwell’s points about the morale of the student being better if they went to a lower rung school and became the big fish in the smaller pond but I feel that over simplifies things since often just having a Harvard or Brown on one’s transcript can open many doors that the lower rung school couldn’t. I don’t disagree with Gladwell’s analysis but felt to ignore the big name school on a transcript impact is a bit one sided. Favorite thought from the books was that courage is not what you have in you from the start, but is earned through embracing a challenge and realizing it is not as bad as it once seemed.
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