Review: David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

David and Goliath is the third Malcolm Gladwell book that I’ve read. In this book Gladwell explores the myth of battling giants. His point is that what makes a giant so large and intimidating can also be the giant’s weakness. He starts the book with the Biblical story of David and Goliath, and then moves on to other interesting topics: classroom size, prestigious colleges, the cure for childhood leukemia, dyslexia, crime, etc. In every story, Gladwell reveals that what we believe to be true isn’t necessarily the case.

This book is so fascinating. It makes for a perfect audiobook (read by Gladwell himself). It’s engaging, and I learned a lot. The first few chapters I believe are a must-read for all parents, especially those starting to think about where their children might attend college.

Rating: 4 stars

I read this book as part of The Deliberate Reader online book club.

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
Malcolm Gladwell
Non-Fiction
Blackstone Audiobooks
October 1, 2013
Audio CD
6

We all know that underdogs can win. That's what the David versus Goliath legend tells us, and we've seen it with our own eyes. Or have we? In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed. Gladwell examines the battlefields of Northern Ireland and Vietnam, takes us into the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, and digs into the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms all in an attempt to demonstrate how fundamentally we misunderstand the true meaning of advantages and disadvantages.

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