Audie Award Winner, Nonfiction, 2014
Explore the power of the underdog in Malcolm Gladwell's dazzling examination of success, motivation, and the role of adversity in shaping our lives.
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 Gladwellchallenges 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 bestsellers---The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw---David and Goliath draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think of the world around us.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Thought leader Malcolm Gladwell’s intellectually provocative book challenges conventional wisdom about traditional measures of success and failure in education. He argues, convincingly, that learning disabilities like dyslexia and ADHD can be beneficial for some—and that students who excel at mediocre universities are at an advantage over students who coast at prestige schools. As with previous books like Outliers, Gladwell marshals historical anecdotes, real-life case studies, and scientific research to back up his conclusions. His soothing, conversational delivery makes complicated ideas digestible even for those of us who lack a background in educational theory.
Very nicely narrated by the man himself. An amazing book.
Malcolm does what he does best, talk about a unique analysis on how you could use your disadvantages as your advantages. He starts off very well with a unique perspective on why David vs Goliath was not really an underdog vs a mammoth. I’m probably gonna go through all his other books soon.
Not as good as his others
He had a point he wanted to make and found / interpreted the data to support his preconceived conclusion.
Very disappointed to long and repeated to much material