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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It was a powerful lesson in un-conventional thinking. Not "out of the box" but somewhere so far from the box the box isn't visible. This book, although probably not meant to be, should be required reading for every teacher in the World. I'll definitely put a copy in my kids hands when they are a little older, like 12 or 13? Wish I could get the staff and faculty at my kids school to cover this.
Damn near all of them. But that wife in the last story - she stands out in characters not just in this book, but in the World. Biblical proportions.
Outliars. And this one was just as compelling. I'm addicted, give me more!
I cried repeatedly, but it was an emotional grab. Some of the stories, and the actions of the characters just blew me away. I couldn't get over thinking how normal these people were, yet doing super human abnormal acts, not of strength or performance, but of character.
A must read - read - re-read - re-read again. This one will get worn out.
I would guess they are equal but I have not read the print version.
I have read 5 Galdwell books and this falls dead smack in the middle. Below Outliers and Tipping Point, but much better than Blink and What The Dog Saw.
The first third of the book was the most interesting, then it became derivative.
This comes across as a negative review, that is not my intent. I enjoyed the book very much. Falls in my top 5 books for 2013, just not as good as previous works by Galdwell. .
I've listened to all if Gladwell's books. His performance is always soothing and enjoyable, if a little dry. I love his slant on the topics he tackles and leave every good with a head full of questions to change the way I look at the world (at least for a little while).
I just didn't find David and Goliath as strong has his other books. Good but not great.
His other books left me feeling empowered simply by having a better understanding of the machinery of our mind. I didn't walk away from David and Goliath with tools that made me feel ready to change anything.
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In the top ten.....
The Trust Edge - This is the next audio book you should buy.
When the author reads the book, you can feel the heart and passion of the author.
Yes, but I would listen to it in stages.
Excellent Read. One of the best books I have listened to. Excellent beginning to end. Highly recommned.
Highlights many positive experiences that many would find challenging.
No, actually, a book that I will probably listen to again at a later time.
Excellent. A must read. Will continue to highly recommend to friends and family.
Interesting educational book
Yes, a lot of interesting facts
He is fine but I am not sure he brought anything more than anyone else
I could have done that, but I didn't.
This is definitely worth listening to.
There aren't many books that I would read or listen to more than once however I would listen to this book a second time. The facts that Gladwell pulls out are a fascinating twist to old ideas.
Gladwell has improved his performance with this book. It is very interesting to hear to author's inflection in the narration--you can clearly hear is emphasis in a few spots in the book.
I think that every parent should read this book, it will likely help shape your thinking about where you child attends school and why.
Father of three with no time to actually read, but also a former history teacher and current attorney with a long commute-I love audiobooks.
it's typical Gladwell, if you like his other stuff you'll like this
Anything by Gladwell, also Freakonomics...
it makes you think!!
Well worth it
I'm not sure what I was expecting with this audiobook, but it was fascinating. Gladwell's stories are rich and interesting and his voice is very pleasant to listen to.
I think I loved all of the stories about turning your supposed "challenge" into a positive. I was especially intrigued hearing about people with dyslexia and who it actually helped them in business.
Yes - central tenets of the books were really interesting and Gladwell is a great storyteller.
Yes - with reservations.
Nope - not much more to the argument.
As with his other books, Gladwell grossly over-generalizes to get his point across and he usually doesn't need to. His points are throughout-provoking in and of themselves.
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