David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants
David and Goliath is the dazzling and provocative new book from Malcolm Gladwell, no.1 bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw
Why do underdogs succeed so much more than we expect? How do the weak outsmart the strong? In David and Goliath Malcolm Gladwell takes us on a scintillating and surprising journey through the hidden dynamics...more
Whatever harm that may come from the lack of rigorousness in his brand of pop-psychology is easily overshadowed by the positive cultural impact that comes from people giving serious consideration to his ideas ...more
Disclosure: I'm a dyslexic who spent all of his youth struggling through school -- spending my lunches tirelessly improving my spelling while everyone else spent their lunch break improving their rest. Things turned out all right, I was one of the first dyslexics at my school to graduate with an International ...more
The Art of Avoiding Bestsellers: A Field Guide for Authors
How do books succeed?
By getting into the Bestseller lists? By making a few millions? By winning the most prestigious awards of the day?
These are very narrow views on what constitutes success for a work of art, especially literature or serious non-fiction. If we redefine success, we might find that these very things that confers success in the short term might be hurting the artist/author the most in the long term. This applies to ...more
Not that this guy really hides his artifice. ...more
Not everything he says is irrefutable fact. Some of his information is anecdotal. But he raises good questions. I think what he says is true, even though opposite or different views may be true. Some topics were a little slow, but I was frequently delighted and fascinated.
MY FAVORITE TOPICS:
The story of David and Goliath
Less talented basketball players can win using full ...more
The title comes from a biblical story about a giant warrior named Goliath who was slain by David, a shepherd boy who was good with a slingshot. Gladwell analyzes the story and determines that the boy was not, in fact, an underdog, but was actually was a skilled ...more
But that's the beauty of Gladwell. He's developing a coherent canon and, really, do you want to be surprised all the time? The world is disconcerting enough already.
The title, David and Goliath, tells you exactly what this book is about. It's about the little guy who made good and, even better, who turned his adversities into strengths. ...more
This book is all about situations that don't look logical on the surface, but if you dig a little deeper you discover the logic. To that extent ...more
In the introduction, Gladwell reviews the biblical story of David and Goliath. The popular conception is that Goliath was a mighty warrior, and David a ...more
This book is not about underdogs and giants in any conventional sense of these terms. Rather, the book is about the curious nature of advantages and disadvantages, and how each can (under certain circumstances) become its opposite.
The first lesson to be learned is that the things we take to be advantages are often no such thing. Our greatest mistake here comes from the fact that we identify a ...more
The plural of anecdote is not data. And when Mr. Gladwell has a hammer, everything looks like a nail. That is, he is a very persuasive writer, but ultimately I'm not really convinced about all of his conclusions. Do I need to point out that as social science goes, this is heavy on the social and light on the science? You probably already knew that.
Anyway, I did enjoy this one. Everyone loves an underdog. And I enjoyed his ...more
Ever since I read Malcolm Gladwells breakthrough book, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Ive been unable to resist any new book from this most devilishly clever of nonfiction writers. Gladwells mind doesnt seem to work the way mine does, and, unless youre remarkably eccentric, I suspect the same could be said of you.
David and Goliath is an excellent case in point. You might assume, as I so naturally did, that the Biblical tale of ...more
I read this upon its publication a few years ago. I was disappointed because it was a real drop-off from Gladwell's previous books, such as Outliers: The Story of Success and, to a lesser degree, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. A few of his anecdotes, for example those relating to schooling, seemed a real stretch to support the book's theme of David v. Goliath. At times, it felt like he'd found some unrelated stories and tried to cobble ...more
attributes i.e. difficult childhood, dyslexia, racial segregations etc. More importantly, Gladwell examines WHY underdogs succeed when odds are totally against them.
A wonderful counterintuitive exploration combining Gladwell's crafty, intoxicating ...more
We meet remarkable underdogs like Jay Freireich, the doctor who revolutionised treatment for children with leukaemia, and David Boies, a dyslexic trial attorney, who shouldn't have triumphed but did.
Big insights are rare commodities. Unless, that is, you happen to be cycling through Gladwell territory, where tucked away inside every myth, anecdote or counterintuitive result is a profound lesson about the human condition. This is harmless enough when confined to the fiction aisles of your local library, but Gladwell presents his ideas as scientifically ...more
I started with a sample on my kindle, but after falling asleep several times reading that I transitioned to audio-book so I could listen while driving.
At about 3 chapters in, I wanted to quit. Both the content and the style of writing were the opposite of interesting to me.
Obviously the author is trying to make a point and I understood that all of the anecdotal comparisons should be leading ...more
The story I liked best was the one about the middle school girl basketball team coached by an Indian businessman Vivek Ranadivé. Ranadivé knew nothing about basketball and his team was made up with short nerdy girls. But he managed to bring his team to the national championship. Gladwell explained the ...more
The Event: The war between the Israelites and the Philistines, in the the valley of Elah, during which a Confrontation between David - a young small weak looking boy - and Goliath - a fearsome giant, took place and marked an end of an era, and a start of a legend. Naturally, one would think ...more
For example, David would always have beat Goliath as he broke the rules of 1:1 combat, choosing a weapon equivalent to a gun over a sword. It was essentially an unfair fight - but we celebrate David's winning against the odds, when in fact, we should celebrate breaking the rules and winning that way. There's a lot about the misconceptions around ...more
They are all equally interesting and provide a sweeping look at a wide range of topics.
*However* my only criticism is the same for this book as for all his others they are extremely random and the "conclusions" are not always very solid. Bit of a stretch in many parts, but still very entertaining.
After all, who doesn't love a good underdog story!?
Courage is not something that you already have that makes you brave ...more
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