Monday, April 21, 2014

David and Goliath

If you google Malcolm Gladwell you will surely find dozens
of reviews for his many books, articles and talks. Using the story of David and Goliath as a clever premise, Malcolm Gladwell compares the way most of us view an adversary or a difficult situation with the way David handled his infamous battle with Goliath. The underdog that usually behaves in a predictable manner, armies that do not think out of the box continue to receive dismal results. An advantage can be a disadvantage as Malcolm details his upside down u-curve theory, the middle is often best, moderate will most likely never fail us and sometimes a devastating struggle or loss can be a priceless lesson or useful trait to be developed over time. Each chapter builds on the basic ideas of our societal successes and failures with many examples from history and our everyday lives. This is the first book I have read by this dynamic and forward thinking writer. I enjoyed the first half very much and then it began to drag. The explanations were getting longer and the point was losing its wow factor. Malcolm Gladwell is really interesting and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching videos of his talks which are stimulating and incredibly well done. I do recommend this read if the subject matter interests you and would definitely try another of his books.

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