In 2009, Malcolm Gladwell wrote a New Yorker article about a
12-year-old girls’ basketball team, Lawrence of Arabia, a strategy AI
computer named Erisko--and not only the truth about, but the reason
behind David versus Goliath. Four years later, we get a book that takes
this fascinating study further and more strangely than you’d ever
expect. From basketball to Northern Ireland, Arabia to classrooms and
beyond, this is one parable you should look at more closely.
Explore the power of the underdog in Malcolm Gladwell's dazzling examination of success, motivation, and the role of adversity in shaping our lives.
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
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
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.
"Truly intriguing and inspiring."
, Los Angeles Times
"Provocative....David and Goliath
is a lean, consuming read."—John Wilwol
, San Francisco Chronicle
"As always, Gladwell's sweep is breathtaking and thought-provoking."
, New York Times
"Fascinating....Gladwell is a master of synthesis. This perennially bestselling author prides himself on radical re-thinking and urges the rest of us to follow suit."
, Washington Post
"What propels the book, like all of Gladwell's writing, is his intoxicating brand of storytelling. He is the master of mixing familiar elements with surprise counter-intuitions, and then seasoning with a sprinkling of scientific evidence....Gladwell is a master craftsman, an outlier amongst authors."
, Huffington Post
"Gladwell's most provocative book yet. David and Goliath
challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, drawing upon history, psychology, and powerful narrative talent to rethink how we view the world around us and how to deal with the challenges life throws at us."—Susanne Jaffe
, Columbus Dispatch
"Gladwell has made a career out of questioning conventional wisdom, and here he examines the allegedly unlikely triumph of the weak over the mighty and shows it's not so unlikely after all. 4 stars."
, People Magazine
"Engrossing.... Gladwell's singular gift is animating the experience of his subjects. He has an uncanny ability to simplify without being simplistic: clean and vivid Strunk and White prose in the service of peerless storytelling."
, Seattle Times
"Contemporary society can't escape history when Malcolm Gladwell explains the world as he does with David and Goliath
, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"In David and Goliath
, Malcolm Gladwell explores the dynamics that inform and effect our everyday lives. By analyzing the Biblical account of the clash between David and Goliath, Gladwell presents a bold new interpretation of the lessons we should apply from it."—Today Show