Saturday, January 4, 2014

(2)David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

David and Goliath

Pages: 320
Publication Date: October 1, 2014


Have you ever read a book that you just knew was destined for greatness? From almost the first page of Malcolm Gladwell's new book, David and Goliath, I knew I was reading a great book.

The great Gladwell starts by telling the tale of David and Goliath.  As seen here in his recent Ted Talk.


Then Gladwell goes on to illustrate many stories where perceived weaknesses may really be strengths.  He talks about the "little fish in a big pond" scenario.  He also tells his readers about a famous director who started out running a shoveling crew in the Midwest as a kid.  He learned the meaning of hard-work early and it led him to great things.  His children, on the other hand, have never had to work hard a day in their lives.  So who had it better?  The father or the children?

Gladwell goes on to cover everything from the story behind the "Three Strikes" law to the unrest in Northern Ireland all those years ago. In a way that only Malcolm Gladwell can do, he mesmerizes  you with his seemingly unrelated, yet always fascinating,  stories.

Bottom line, it is no surprise that David and Goliath was such a great read.  Malcolm Gladwell has a way of finding (and telling) the most interesting stories that would likely go untold if not for him.  If you are looking for a little motivation for battle against the "Golaiths" in your world, then you must pick this book up immediately.  You will not be disappointed.

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