I "read" this book via audio format with narration by Malcolm Gladwell, himself. I found the beginning of the book fascinating as Gladwell takes a freI "read" this book via audio format with narration by Malcolm Gladwell, himself. I found the beginning of the book fascinating as Gladwell takes a fresh look at the story of David and Goliath. Gladwell forms a principle that underdogs employing unconventional tactics can defeat the giants in their paths. The author proceeds to demonstrate the principle with a variety of examples.
Among the examples are two manners of dealing with the slaying of children. In one, the famous California 3 strikes law, the governmental giant cracked down on crime by assigning lengthy sentences to repeat offenders. Unfortunately, the law couldn't differentiate between minor and major crime, and 3 strikes ceased being a crime deterrent. The "David" was a Mennonite family that found the strength to extend forgiveness to their child's slayer.
Continuing along a political path, Gladwell visits the giant of the English Army in Northern Ireland during the 1980s and 90s, vs the David of a small Huguenot French town near the Swiss border that sheltered Jews during WW II.
The audiobook seemed to end abruptly at the end of the last story. I would have expected a final summarizing chapter; perhaps there is one in the print version. However, I found the ending of the audio version unsatisfying....more
I really like Lehrer's narrative style. He makes scientific discovery interesting by telling the stories of people that exhibit the current characteriI really like Lehrer's narrative style. He makes scientific discovery interesting by telling the stories of people that exhibit the current characteristic. This takes the dryness out of the scientific studies, I mean, how many research studies can you read before your eyes start glazing over?
As a person involved with musical performance I find that I'm always applying new understandings from Lehrer's books to my practice.
The most important contributions these books make is the demystifying of talent, achievement, cognition, and now creativity.
Schools interested in encouraging creativy among their staff and students should read Lehrer's books and apply the findings. He makes some appropriate suggestions in the book's coda that would transform public education....more