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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I'm just a simple man who is trying to be water.
I would. Gladwell always has a way of making you look at the seemingly obvious a little differently.
Perhaps, "Blink", in that Gladwell presents a different take on common occurences.
Not really character driven.
Not really. For me this wasn't his most power work. It's sort of like how M. Night Shamalawhateverhisnameis, blew you away with the sixth sense then has been trying to capture audiences in the same manner ever since. Gladwell has consistenly challenged me. This one was very good, but not his best. "Outliers" (continues to) hit me on several emotonal levels. IMO, his best work.
No. But looking foward to my next Gladwell read.
It started out ok and the idea of smaller classes not being the solution was interesting...but overall I thought the title was out of whack.
It was recommended by a friend who thought it was only ok but said anecdotally there were some interesting points. I agree. Except for a few very little remains in my memory which is not the sign of a great book or even entertaining one.
I would have appreciated a more satisfying and complete ending. I fell asleep listening to the final chapter and played it back twice. Still not satisfied. I was intrigued by the data and comparisons Mr. Gladwell compiled; however, I expected a more dynamic ending -- some concise revelation that I could ponder and explore. His final words never jelled for me. Did I miss something?
Not sure, still shopping
I typically love Gladwell's books. This one, however, was not his best. I found myself getting bored and tuning out for a portion of the book. Gladwell's writing is typically interesting and insightful, but to me David and Goliath missed the mark this time.
The stories were generic and almost cliche
More unique and interesting stories on underdogs overcoming adversity
Don't get me wrong- Malcolm Gladwell is brilliant! This book just wasn't his best.
Gallup Strengths: INPUT ~ LEARNER ~ ACHIEVER ~ RESPONSIBILITY ~ DISCIPLINE
At the top with his other books.
Giant and David...perfect title selection.
Relating the stories to well-known historical stories.
A new way of looking at history...
I am a big fan of Malcolm Gladwell and was excited to get this book. Unfortunately, not as good as Tipping Point and Blink.
I had a dilemma how to evaluate this book: 1 or 5 stars. In this book as in his previous books the master-mind, Mr. Gladwell, is one of very few who is trying to find scientific evidence to sometimes not obvious and shocking conclusions. However, in this book, "the selective simplification" achieved embarrassing results. From case-to-case the author uses arguments and statistics so arbitrarily that I am convinced the does not believe in his own deductions. It was very hard to read primitive attempts to justify the unethical means by the desired goal (putting kids on the front line in the fight against racism) and at the same time forgetting the same argument (and BTW the same statistics) Mr. Gladwell used attempting to disqualify "three strikes" criminal law by "improvements started even before" logic.
I am sure Mr. Gladwell wanted to promote the very leftist views, and that would have been fine, if he did a better job to justify his views, but the flaws are so obvious, so the only conclusion I came up to was that he needed money and tried to make fools out of sensitive good people who are his reading audience.
I am still glad I read the book: some stories and facts and possible justifications given are thought provoking to me, but I ended up evaluating this book with one star, because I found it unfair that such a great and talented author deliberately (IMHO) disappointed the audience for what I can only believe would be money.
First half of the book was O.K. in the second half he struggled to weave together the ideas.
Yes, I love Gladwell's writing.
This performance seemed strained in comparison to his better books.
I expect to learn or to have my preconceptions changed after reading M Gladwell. He did it again.
The two most memorable discussions were about the methods of warfare and reasons for David's defeat of Goliath as well as the psychological effects of London bombing. I
The description of Goliath's size and likely medical condition fit perfectly
Ii look forward to M. Gladwell's next book
Don't expect a deep long examination into how the underdogs win. Expect what Mr. Gladwell has been giving us with his books - fun, short interesting stories tied together that make you say you hmmm. The things he relates are always different ways to see things, thought provoking ways, ways I certainly hadn't thought of.
I always enjoy his books and run to get the latest one. This one did not disappoint.
I suppose it would be the title story - David fighting Goliath differently than Goliath would have expected - from afar. That could be why the tale is that he won by a slingshot swing. Goliath couldn't swing fists that far.
Yes. The content and stories were captivating in this way.
It's makeup, though, is one that allows you to break when you need to. I read audiobooks while walking my dog so it makes it easy to break when my walks are over. Since I have three books going at any one time - an audio, a paper, and an electronic, I need to be able to break my audiobook quickly, at the end of my walks.
So, although I could listen all at one time, I didn't.
I always enjoy a Gladwell book. It is one that, for me borders on my category of "fluff." That is said in the kindest possible way.
I love the way Gladwell tells stories and induces theories from the stories. I don't always agree with his theories - they sound convincing but they're just theories - but I love the way he communicates and makes me think.
I really good listen.
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