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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The threads of David and Goliath are not as impressively interwoven as his other books. He is a great story teller, but there are too many violent and depressing stories in this one.
The anecdotes dragged on for quite a while. This could have been either a long podcast or this length of book with more substantial evidence.
I listen to this book through audible. The author narrated his own work, and that lend credibility to the read. The book captured my attention and I found excuses to drive simply to listen to the book further. The collection of facts and interesting stories where captivating. The only criticism I have regarding the book is that it lacked a summary at the end tying everything back to The original story of David and Goliath, and how underdogs actually defeat their Giants.
Some may think that David's victory over Goliath was in the stones. That is incorrect.
As much as anything else it was in how he perceived the giant.
We all face giants... HOW we see them determines ahether or not we overcome them.
Speak well to any one overcoming difficulties in life, not pollyannic at all.
Chapter about dyslexia.
Provides confirmation on life experiences that would have been lost otherwise.
i don't think it could be scripted as a motion picture. It seems more conceptual than literal.
The book lives up to the tittle.
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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