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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Really really good book about the power of the weak and less fortunate. Made me stop and think, and that's what I love about really good books.
Not sure what the purpose of this narrative is supposed to be. Am I supposed to be encouraged by it? Am I supposed to finish with new found knowledge? Am I supposed to feel hopeful if I'm an underdog or does Gladwell's words serve as a warning to me if I possess power? Lastly, I found the staccato-like narration distracting and unenjoyable. I've read three other books by this author a while back, yet l do not remember being dissatisfied with them.
A great book - compelling insights; thought-provoking and helpful. So many intriguing topics encourage reflection and discussion.
… some of it was kind of "obvious" to someone grown up on scandinavian social democratic tradition.
The examples are good and illustrative.
The analysis of the Biblical story of David and Goliath was the most interesting in my view.
I have read other books by Malcolm Gladwell, but never found them to challenge my long held beliefs as much as this one did. So many ideas I have taken for granted were examined and turned on their sides. In this world of sound bites, Gladwell has delved deeply into ideas surrounding education, religion, society and the idea of what is and isn't a disability. I am a teacher and the. Other of four children. what I read here made me see how the struggles people face are often so important to their development and success. In my work as a teacher, I have seen how students who have had to struggle in their early school years often out perform their peers who found their early school years easy. I would recommend this books to teachers, parents, and anyone who is a student of society. I found myself wishing the book was longer because it was so engaging.
Malcolm Gladwell's book David and Goliath is an interesting book and does bring some fresh perspective to an old thought process. His performance of the reading delivers the tone and emphasis of his writing style quite well. I would say the most disappointing piece to me is that the focus seems to be on human effort and control of one's self. There is little hope for those who do not have the same traits as those push past convention. The book was enlightening, yet disappointing, because I am not like that.
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