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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It's nice to set conventional wisdom aside for a day and re-evaluate what you see around you. It can often lead to very interesting insights. Malcolm Gladwell does this very, very well.
One of the most interesting and inspiring books I've read in some time.
How Gladwell was able to show how an "underdog" like David or a person in the modern world has an opportunity to utilize one's disadvantages to achieve some pretty remarkable things when one is able to persevere and compensate for those disadvantages.
The doctor who was able to come up with an effective treatment for childhood leukemia in spite of many detractors in the medical profession who did their best to discourage his efforts.
No. I needed some time to process the concepts Gladwell was presenting.
For anyone who feels like or is in close relationship with an "underdog," this is a must read.
Greetings. My brother introduced me to Audible in 2011. Since, nothing but enjoyment. Hopefully my reviews are very useful to you. Enjoy!
Not within my top 20.
It gives you different angles to see life and to achieve success through odds you may not recognize that are to your advantage.
No. First and most likely the last one. I may have messed up by reading the reviews by the critics prior to listening to this book---the did this book bad.
The opening regarding David & Goliath scenario.
Many valid points but seems to come from a twisted mind.
Putting together words in sequence to convey the intended meeting is art...and when the narrator hits the pauses and inflections, science!
I might prefer the print edition to be able to back and forth between "lessons" to make connections and to review. It is easy to forget some of a lesson when you listen days apart. Mr. Gladwell does a decent job of jogging your memory throughout, but each person's need for a refresher is an individual one.
What is best is that Mr. Gladwell peels back layers to expose ideas and elements I missed and would otherwise miss in a surficial inspection. His research, as always, is pretty incredible. He is obviously a well-read and deep-thinking person. He is an asset to us all.
The exposition of David vs. Goliath was my favorite. He really pulled me in with his take on that confrontation. It clearly illustrated his point that sometimes what we see as an advantage is a disadvantage, and vice versa.
It made me think. It will be a reminder for me to turn things over and think about them from the other perspective. It will also force me to recast what I view as disadvantages.
I preferred Outliers, but I still liked this book very much.
I enjoy audio books and blogging.
The introduction was good. I liked the stories the least.
The most interesting aspect was that the underdog can win. The least interesting was that I could not identify with the underdogs portrayed. They were larger than life, either doctors, or severely neglected, victims.
It was discouraging. Examples were too dramatic.
I was the wrong reader for this book. I was expecting more specific ideas. The right reader would probably enjoy this book a lot.
I find Malcolm Gladwell's voice both engaging and soothing and I have spent many hours listening and re-listening to his reading of his own works. Some, like The Tipping Point and Blink are among my favorite non-fiction reads (in print) as well. David and Goliath was a good listen, but mainly because I enjoyed hearing the author read a new work. The premise of the book is established in the introduction (and implied in the title) and while the reinforcing examples are fascinating, they are far from riveting. I think other Gladwell fans will be happy for more from our favorite contemporary sociologist. But newbies are best advised to make one of the above-mentioned selections their first listen.
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
This was uplifting to me. It explains a totally different look at life an what seems to be a disadvantage that could be a benefit. I like the change in perspective from what some would consider common knowledge. Great job.
Lawyer, reader, writer, performer. Just love listening to books and talking about it!
I loved this book until the chapter on justice. It seems like Gladwell always does this to me, I just love what he does and then he jerks me back to reality when he throws in a chapter at the end that he wants to make into something, but doesn't have anything to back it up. Even so, its a worthwhile book, so let me tell you about the good in it.
"David and Goliath: The Truth" will make you think outside of the box. I love that. Give me a new angle, a new perspective, a new way to look at / solve a problem. This book even goes further, it helps you see that what you may perceive to be a disadvantage, while very difficult, can strengthen you to help you succeed. You may not want to have to travel down the road, but guess what, you are on it so here is what you might find on the other side. (Boy do we all need that. Life happens, sometimes in an oh so hard way!) Also -- the other side of it is that some advantages actually weaken you, we all know this to be true. So next time you are in a difficult situation, look for the silver lining, think outside the box, consider the weaknesses on the other side, and have hope.
Now for the dislike. The chapter that lost it for me was the one on justice. The comparisons just didn't compare. You can't take one response to a murder that is solved close to the event and compare it and the outgrowth from it to another response to a murder where the perpetrator was not found for twenty years. Apples and oranges, and besides -- the man that was free for twenty years was finally caught because he kept doing it. Also, I didn't hear data to back up the hypothesis on why the three strikes rule didn't work for society as a whole. I also didn't hear how the other response work for society and recidivism. And it isn't because I am biased to the three strikes rule. I was fully engaged and excited to hear a better rule of law that maybe Texas needs to try, but none was offered.
Anyway, still loved the book and Gladwell. Recommend!
Believer in what you can't see
Inspirational story telling
The story that stood out the most was about the straight A student that went to Brown University and couldn't pass a class, and instead of finding another solution, change her major to something else completely different and gave up her dream in science.
I love his voice. It is clear and easy to listen to.
No, there is a lot to absorb, so listen to it in steps is advisable.
I first heard Malcolm Gladwell's performance through the audiobook "Blink," that talks about how we view each other and situations, and how we can be completely wrong.
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