Thursday, November 14, 2013

Book Review: David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

Title: David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
Author: Malcolm Gladwell
Enjoyment Rating: ****
Source: Audible
This book would be rated: PG, as far as I can remember

Ed and I listened to Malcolm Gladwell's David and Goliath during our drive to and from Las Vegas last month. At seven hours, it's the perfect thing to listen to on a long drive. Based on the premise that David manipulated Goliath's expectations in order to gain victory, Gladwell goes on to show how other people have done the same things. He talks about using our obstacles as strengths, like the dyslexic construction worker who used his superior listening skills to become one of the best defense attorneys in the nation. Or the doctor who grew up in abject poverty who went on to become one of the most relentless cancer researchers of his time. Gladwell illustrates the David and Goliath principle with stories from history (like Lawrence of Arabia) and from the recent past (like the troubles in Northern Ireland). It's a good book to generate conversation, like on our car ride, and I think I enjoyed listening to it even more with a companion than I would have by myself.

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