Malcolm Gladwell rethinks the notion of social advantage by suggesting that the powerful are not always what they seem. Starting with exposing the biblical legend and then getting into historic and current events. Whether it’s using guerrilla tactics in war or the full court press in basketball, from the size of your classroom to the wealth of your parents, this book proves how underdogs win. What if being dyslexic or losing a parent during childhood could be advantageous?
I was interested to read this after hearing about the chapter on the civil rights movement provoking violence deliberately. My favourite lesson is on ‘near misses’ about how trauma builds courage. Be prepared to change your perceptions. Recommended for open-minded tricksters.
As always, you can count on Gladwell to present fascinating and not-so-obvious connections to life and the world around us. In David and Goliath, Gladwell presents us with the idea that being the underdog isn’t so much of a disadvantage, but in fact, can lead us to many interesting and unique advantages that the incumbents could never realize. Growing up as an immigrant child in the projects, I have first hand experience how supposed disadvantages can create opportunities that my wealthier friends from wealthy neighbourhoods missed out on.
A great addition to Gladwell’s collection of masterpieces. Well worth the read for both the underdog, and the incumbent.
What was most striking about this book was not the story of “David and Goliath” being turned on its head through real world examples. It was my visceral reaction to Gladwell’s insight into the inequalities embedded in our system. It brought me to tears. I’ve never cried in response to something I’ve read (and I’ve read My Sister’s Keeper).
Gladwell succeeds in coupling data and statistics with compelling stories that evoke strong reactions in his readers. Looking forward to reading more from him.
An analytical book about thinking unconventionally and turning disadvantages into advantages. Explains how the underdogs are always destined to win. In the biblical story, David is a natural winner, not by godly miracle but because of Goliath’s advantages are mitigated. An engaging read that encourages people to take on challenges.
A book about the art of fighting giants, using examples from history, like the famous story of David and Goliath. Although, personally it did not change my perspective, it did reaffirm my outlook on competition and the perceived advantages of size. I thoroughly enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell’s humble yet intriguing style of storytelling.