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 am a big fan of Malcolm Gladwell but it didn't feel as though his heart was totally in this one. He makes some interesting points about how perceived disadvantages can be misleading but one sense this subject is better handled as a longer essay than a book treatment. As always, he weaves in some interesting subjects but overall it feels a bit like Gladwelll lite.
Ive tried them all....this one was a dud. It had moments but fizzled into uninteresting and uncompelling conjecture.
not at all.
Ive listened to them all. I suppose if this was your first Gladwell book it would be better. I got the sense he wrote this as a desperate attempt to fulfill a contract obligation.
Shallow in all aspects.
This book feels more like a series of musings, rather than balanced discussion.
kind of, but I felt the author's style was over dramatized
I liked some of the basic thoughts, about the best strategies for underdogs.
It was fine, but at the end the 'research' felt stretched and too biased
after outliers this was dissapointing , it never seems to get to the level of the former
an abridged version with a decent narrator ... sure
he seems to run out of breath and the uneven rhythm is annoying, like someone learning to drive a stick shift
what ? no!
The book got off to a very strong start, which continued until the final couple of hours. At that point, the discussion about Northern Ireland and medical research destroyed the arc of the story.
This is the first of Malcolm Gladwell's books that I haven't loved. I didn't think the arguments he made in this one were as well supported as those in previous books. And though some of the stories were interesting, the theme that tied them together felt forced in places. I'll still look forward to his next one, but when I feel like re-listening to one of his I'll go with Outliers.
For an interesting and thought provoking listen or read, I have always counted on Gladwell's books. I've enjoyed them all, especially Outliers, for their hypotheses and stories. The author usually has interesting stories, including his own, that helps illustrate and "prove" the points. For some reason, neither the story nor the hypotheses seemed very strong here. The writing and performance good as usual, but the story as illustrations seemed forced. I almost did not finish this one.
Love to read . Love to hear audio books .
The real life explanation of each
No i haven't heard Gladwell's performance earlier . I look forward to hear his other performances.
yes i listened it in a single sitting
A great book
Say something about yourself!
Well that was sad. Gladwell's books are always so great that I jumped on this one right away. I know it will be a huge hit in sales with books in every store, airport, and web site. But it just says "small people have different strategies than big people". Then proceeds to illustrate with examples that are not very strong, exciting, or motivating.
Hope his next book is better.
l'enfer c'est les autres
A good book splendidly read by the author. The theme is catching. Most chapters start off with a misdirection, and I'm thinking the author's thesis is wrong. For example, small class sizes do make a difference, I think. The author presents data that seems to contradict that assertion, but really doesn't. The author at the last moment will say maybe not and will show you why it's probably not true. He does that multiple times. Most of his original assertions I didn't like but by the end I did.
Another thing, he writes the stories such that I wished I was born poor, or at least had dyslexia because he makes those seem so desirable. That of corse is silly.
Look, the book is an easy listen and is fun but is not as good as his other books. I don't really recommend this one, but I was disappointed.
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