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'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
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I am a big fan of Malcolm Gladwell's work, but was immensely let down by this book. Approximately 50% of the book I had already read in various New Yorker articles and the like that Gladwell had written over about 10 years, and here he simply tried to jam them all together with a realistic interpretation of David and Goliath at the beginning to try and make them all gel. If you're new to Gladwell, certainly look to his earlier works like Blink, Tipping Point, and Outliers which all have interesting tidbits that you can apply to your life and business. This on the other hand didn't flow or form any ideas in my head that weren't of the most plain variety.
I'm just a simple man who is trying to be water.
I would. Gladwell always has a way of making you look at the seemingly obvious a little differently.
Perhaps, "Blink", in that Gladwell presents a different take on common occurences.
Not really character driven.
Not really. For me this wasn't his most power work. It's sort of like how M. Night Shamalawhateverhisnameis, blew you away with the sixth sense then has been trying to capture audiences in the same manner ever since. Gladwell has consistenly challenged me. This one was very good, but not his best. "Outliers" (continues to) hit me on several emotonal levels. IMO, his best work.
No. But looking foward to my next Gladwell read.
It started out ok and the idea of smaller classes not being the solution was interesting...but overall I thought the title was out of whack.
It was recommended by a friend who thought it was only ok but said anecdotally there were some interesting points. I agree. Except for a few very little remains in my memory which is not the sign of a great book or even entertaining one.
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