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I have a really interesting book to share with you today…
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Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996.
He is the author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What the Dog Saw.
Prior to joining The New Yorker, he was a reporter at the Washington Post.
Gladwell was born in England and grew up in rural Ontario. He now lives in New York.
Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and a sling, and ever since then the names of David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants. David’s victory was improbable and miraculous. He shouldn’t have won.
Or should he have?
In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.
Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago. From there, David and Goliath examines Northern Ireland’s Troubles, the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, murder and the high costs of revenge, and the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms—all to demonstrate how much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity.
In the tradition of Gladwell’s previous bestsellers—The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw—David and Goliath draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think of the world around us.
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (October 1, 2013)
List Price: $29.00
This is my first experience reading a Malcolm Gladwell and I have to say I enjoyed it very much.
To me, this was a very unique look at the Biblical account of the story of David the Shepherd and Goliath the Giant.
I expected most of the book to focus on purely the history of this story and was pleasantly surprised that, while the overall theme is the exact theme of David and Goliath, the book mostly delves into modern-day examples of the truths of this infamous Bible story.
I really appreciated the authors thoroughness in connecting the dots and proving his point that even though the underdogs of society are thought to be helpless and forgetful…most thrive and make an impact on our world that is brilliant.
We can stand to learn much from Gladwell’s insightful book through the stories of other “misfits and underdogs”.
The people that I have met and the stories I have heard between these pages will surely stay with me as I face my own “giants” and I strongly feel they will do the same for you!
*****4/5 STARS*****REALLY GOOD; A RECOMMENDED READ!!!