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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Yes. The examples, case studies and concepts are powerful reminders of how shifting our perspective (or paradigm) can make us see the forces affecting an outcome in an entirely different way. Life is about perspective and what we see depends on where we are standing.
Malcolm Gladwell does a wonderful job narrating his own books. He brought to life the words of the people whose stories he told.
He brought a very important subtext to the bombing of London during World War II that I had not previously heard.
Life through the lens of disadvantage as a strength.
A very important book in seeing beyond the obvious to the unseen and unconsidered factors that shape people and outcomes.
I love Malcolm's books and this one is just as good as the rest. I always learn a lot from reading his books. Make's you think
Real Estate Junkie
I have always been an advid reader of Gladwell and believe that his other works are required reading for any business person. While the premise is good, the book is way too long and digresses from the subject matter so often that I found myself fast forwarding through parts that just made no sense to me. And it pains me to admit that I was disappointed.
I'm a retired mental health professional now I make jewelry while listening to audio books. I live in the NW corner of the contenent.
I would recommend this book and every other book Malcolm Gladwell has ever written.
They are all good. I have recommended all of his books to friends and family
Make no mistake, this book borrows heavily from Robert Greene. However, while Greene glorifies manipulation, politics and lack of morality in general, this books presents these in a better, lighter way.
In other words it is how to wage warfare in life if you are the underdog when the odds are against in your favor. The last part of the book inclines heavily towards behavioral economics. Some parts are interesting, some not so much. Some simply explain how counter-intuitive systems works but do not provide a real alternative to the problem. You are left with picking the least evil, as there is no real good.
If you've read "48 Laws of Power" or "The Prince", this book will not teach you new things, apart from a history lesson in segregation and the 13 year Irish war.
He seems to spend too much time focused on movements in history where an underdog perservered, maybe too much time on this. The general premise that the identification of weaknesses in your giant can be a opening for your success is clear; however, the stories used to communicate this point I did not find helpful nor inspiring.
This is my first review and I have listened to many audible books. The stories of David, especially David and Goliath have been favorites of mine since I was a young boy. However, the author in my opinion fails to use illustrations and real life stories that I found to be helpful regarding the giants I face. No I may not listen to his work again.
It didn't realy spark any emotion, I found it disappointing.
Maybe the author should consider using stories that are more relavent to the day to day giants people face, or face at work, etc. There are only a few incredible people like Martin Luther King in this world, but many more of us who still have to battle giants on smaller issues than racism in America in the 1960s. For the first time, I stopped listening to a book, this book. Not what I expected at all.
Hacking my commute one audiobook at a time...
The stories of people with learning disabilities and how they overcame those difficulties to rise to the top of their chosen careers.
The bombing of London was very interesting.
Jay Freirich's story was very moving.
I sometimes wonder if the author thought about the concept first and then found a story to validate his line of thinking. Shouldn't it be the other way around ? i.e., Looking at stories and finding patterns. The stories are great but I cant help wondering.
The narration was okay. The subject material was anecdotal and not consistent with the theme.
As or I would have suggested the author make the stories more relevant to the subject matter.
Love books, listen to 3-4 books a week, thriller and true crimes favorite.
I am not sure what I expected, to be honest. I am please with this book and will listen to it again at some point. Some great examples in this book and does make you think or rethink on life issues.
The fact that Malcolm reads his own books, gives the listener a better understanding of his meaning and makes the books main points hit home.
All in Chapter 4: The Theory of Desirable Difficulty
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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