David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits And The Art of Battling Giants

David and Goliath

As a matter of disclosure I am a fan of Malcolm Gladwell. Not a raving fan, but a fan.

This is another easy to read and absorb tome by the author. He again uses numerous stories to get his central themes across. In this book they are overcoming obstacles and disadvantages (and advantages),  discrimination, disabilities and others challenges life presents us.

As the title indicates he opens with the story of David and Goliath, but takes the reader on a different interpretation of the journey than the one that has become the norm. He uses the quote – ” Am I a dog that you should come to me with sticks?” to demonstrate some of the subtle clues that David overcoming Goliath while still a challenge, was not quite as surprising as legend would have us believe.

Malcolm GladwellMalcolm then goes on to break the book into three parts: The Advantages of Disadvantages (And The Disadvantages of Advantages); The Theory of Desireable Difficulty and The Limits of Power.  In each section he tells the stories of three individuals and how they overcame the disadvantages (or advantages) that were a part of their life. The specific individuals are Vivek Ranadive, Teresa DeBrito, Caroline Sacks, David Boies, Emil “Jay” Freireich, Wyatt Walker, Rosemary Lawlor, Wilma Derksen and Andre Trocme. Not exactly household names, but individuals with compelling stories to impart to the reader that allow Gladwell to drive home his points.

I recommend this book for anyone who is looking for inspiring stories of overcoming disadvantages and thinking about them in a different way.


About caseywheeler

My interests include: Model trains, Reading, Genealogy, New York Yankees and helping organizations be successful.
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