Breath-taking and thought-provoking (New York Times)
Truly intriguing and inspiring (Los Angeles Times)
Gladwell's most enjoyable book so far. It is a feel-good extravaganza, nourishing both heart and mind. Each of its stories ... has an ending that is both happy and surprising. What ostensibly unites the stories are the twin ideas that an advantage can sometimes be a disadvantage and that a disadvantage can sometimes be an advantage. Yet there is something more powerful and more uplifting that also links them. It is that good beats bad - just when you least expected it (Financial Times)
When you read it, you feel like you can topple giants (Jon Ronson)
An energetic, counterintuitive exploration of why (and how) underdogs succeed (Guardian, Books of the Year)
Continuing to gently but persistently blow my mind (Lauren Laverne)
I devoured it in a single reading (Richard E. Grant)
The pre-eminent public intellectual of his age (The Times)
Bloody good (Gabby Logan)
Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient
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.