The Little Guy,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: David and Goliath (Taschenbuch)
My first impression of Malcolm Gladwell's book David & Goliath was that it is a Feel Good book, one designed for those who consider themselves the underdogs in society, at school, in the workplace, to help boost their morale, their fighting spirit, and give them hope for the future. Even the small guy, the one right down at the bottom, can make it against the Machine. And to a certain extent it is, it does give a boost to those who are just starting out, who are at the beginning of their lives out in the Real World: but it is also more than just this. The stories Gladwell brings to the fore are a very mixed bag: the shepherd boy who makes good; the student who makes the wrong decision; the doctor who fights against the establishment. He details the background to each tale - all based on real people and events - and the alternatives each person had to choose from, following up with details of whether they were right or wrong, what they might have done differently, how other people have reacted in a similar situation.
Most of the stories included are of one or two individuals battling against a set of values which have been in place for many generations, or a conception of values based on misleading information. They highlight how some have succeeded, but without making the mistake of claiming the solutions, the battles illustrated, could work for every individual. One particularly interesting fight against the establishment is the story of Emil Freireich and his search for a cure for leukemia.
Cicero wrote: Accordingly, in encountering danger we should do as doctors do in their practices; in light cases of illness they give mild treatment; in cases of dangerous sickness they are compelled to apply hazardous and even desperate remedies.
Freireich followed this ancient piece of advice, turned his back on the establishment and fought tooth and nail for his beliefs against those who would hamper his efforts to find a cure. He turned his back of countless years of medical practice, and found a solution others claimed could never be found by such means.
Whether anyone would be able to turn the cases cited here to their own good is a moot point, but this well written, easy to read work highlights the possibilities and, perhaps, will inspire those who are on the point of giving up their dreams to keep on trying, to forget the general consensus of well-intentioned opinion, and do their best to succeed.