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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Surprising, Amazing, Shattering
The author takes a historical event that we have heard from one viewpoint, emphasis and conclusion - and overturns it without taking away from the overall spiritual aspect of story. Really masterful.
Everything You Never Considered About David and Goliath
I am a big Malcolm Gladwell fan, but I was a little disappointed by this book, both the content and the performance. I didn't find his arguments very compelling, for example the ascertain that dyslexia can produce success because, as kids, these people have had to try so hard to do everything. Sure there are a few outstanding people who have dyslexia, but what about those who aren't outstanding? His argument seems to be that "this works this way . . . unless it doesn't." Not as tight and well-argued as his previous books. His reading of the book is not so great -- it's like he isn't enjoying it very much either. I'm glad I bought it and listened to it, but I was expecting more.
No. It seemed that the author could have taken advantage of current day scenarios that would have delivered the point more effectively. I waited for it, but just never got the big bang viola, that I've gotten from his previous works.
I have. Some did in fact like it better than I, however they hadn't read his previous books.
This was fine. Gladwell has an excellent speaking voice. Tone and tempo are perfect.
I look forward to his next publication.
I always enjoy a Gladwell book because I know I'll hear something that makes me think and he's an author who isn't afraid to have an opinion. Sometimes I agree with him and sometimes not but it gives me the opportunity to think and decide which is fun. This book got a bit repetitive about half way through with the studies it used but I knew his prior books and came in expecting that so it delivered on my expectations.
It was a powerful lesson in un-conventional thinking. Not "out of the box" but somewhere so far from the box the box isn't visible. This book, although probably not meant to be, should be required reading for every teacher in the World. I'll definitely put a copy in my kids hands when they are a little older, like 12 or 13? Wish I could get the staff and faculty at my kids school to cover this.
Damn near all of them. But that wife in the last story - she stands out in characters not just in this book, but in the World. Biblical proportions.
Outliars. And this one was just as compelling. I'm addicted, give me more!
I cried repeatedly, but it was an emotional grab. Some of the stories, and the actions of the characters just blew me away. I couldn't get over thinking how normal these people were, yet doing super human abnormal acts, not of strength or performance, but of character.
A must read - read - re-read - re-read again. This one will get worn out.
Dad, Dentist, Adventurer. Well... at least 2 of those.
Like all his books I didn't necessarily agree with all of his conclusions. But the stories he tells to get his point across are compelling and deeply thought provoking.
The David and Goliath part was interesting but his evidence that Goliath had acromegaly was pretty weak.
-"What am I a dog that you come at me with staves", that is supposed to mean he had double vision, or poor vision. Uh sure.
-The fact that he had a shield bearer is supposed to mean that he couldn't carry his own shield, cause a foot soldier would've carried his own shield. Or maybe he was kinda special and they treated him a little different than your average foot soldier... cause he was freaking huge.
It was good. As with other Gladwell books, the points he makes are often illustrated with very specific examples which are less than scientific, but they are entertaining an on point nonetheless.
A personal connection. He obviously knows what innuendo and tone he wants to present his material.
I would guess they are equal but I have not read the print version.
I have read 5 Galdwell books and this falls dead smack in the middle. Below Outliers and Tipping Point, but much better than Blink and What The Dog Saw.
The first third of the book was the most interesting, then it became derivative.
This comes across as a negative review, that is not my intent. I enjoyed the book very much. Falls in my top 5 books for 2013, just not as good as previous works by Galdwell. .
I've listened to all if Gladwell's books. His performance is always soothing and enjoyable, if a little dry. I love his slant on the topics he tackles and leave every good with a head full of questions to change the way I look at the world (at least for a little while).
I just didn't find David and Goliath as strong has his other books. Good but not great.
His other books left me feeling empowered simply by having a better understanding of the machinery of our mind. I didn't walk away from David and Goliath with tools that made me feel ready to change anything.
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In the top ten.....
The Trust Edge - This is the next audio book you should buy.
When the author reads the book, you can feel the heart and passion of the author.
Yes, but I would listen to it in stages.
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