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David and Goliath

David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell was a very interesting book I read and it opened my eyes to see many situations in a different view point. Gladwell questions a lot of beliefs that we generally hold and takes examples from the real world to counter those beliefs. For example, he discusses how a disability is not always a disadvantage and gives some CEO's with disabilities to show that. The book overall is a great way to widen your view on many things. Many people disagree with Gladwell's examples, but regardless of whether you disagree or not, I think the book deserves a read.

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jeffreyjose48 - 0 points - 4 months ago
I believe that this book was based from a story of the Bible. David was small and Goliath was a giant. David was just a shepherd boy. Goliath was already a soldier of the Philistines. David just used a sling with one smooth stone that hit the forehead of Goliath and he was able to kill Goliath. This is one of my favorite story in the Bible. It tells us to trust in the Lord to slay all of the Goliath that we face in life.
menchuuy58 - 0 points - 4 months ago
I like the story of David and Goliath. David’s victory over Goliath, in the Biblical account, is held to be an anomaly. It was not. Davids win all the time. The political scientist Ivan Arreguín-Toft recently looked at every war fought in the past two hundred years between strong and weak combatants. The Goliaths, he found, won in 71.5 per cent of the cases. That is a remarkable fact. Arreguín-Toft was analyzing conflicts in which one side was at least ten times as powerful—in terms of armed might and population—as its opponent, and even in those lopsided contests the underdog won almost a third of the time.
achikeziah - 0 points - 4 months ago
I am happy to read and share Malcolm Gladwell's first few words and sentences in his book how David beat Goliath. When Vivek Ranadivé decided to coach his daughter Anjali’s basketball team, he settled on two principles. The first was that he would never raise his voice. This was National Junior Basketball—the Little League of basketball. The team was made up mostly of twelve-year-olds, and twelve-year-olds, he knew from experience, did not respond well to shouting. He would conduct business on the basketball court, he decided, the same way he conducted business at his software firm. He would speak calmly and softly, and convince the girls of the wisdom of his approach with appeals to reason and common sense.
potchuy203 - 0 points - 4 months ago
Malcolm Gladwell's new book promises to turn your view of the world upside down. We all think we know what happened when David took on Goliath: the little guy won. Gladwell thinks we all have it wrong, and opens his new book with a retelling of that story.
Our mistake is to assume it's a story about the weak beating the powerful with the help of pluck and guile and sheer blind faith. But as Gladwell points out, it was Goliath who was the vulnerable one. He was a giant, which made him slow, clumsy and probably half-blind (double vision is a common side-effect of an excess of human growth hormone). The only way he could have beaten David was by literally getting his hands on him – but David had no need to go anywhere near him. David had a sling.
faithuy56 - 0 points - 4 months ago
David was a sharpshooter in slinging. Ancient armies contained teams of slingers, who could be deadly from distances as great as 200 yards. The best, like David, were lethally accurate, and Goliath was not a small target. Once David had persuaded the Israelites that single combat didn't need to mean sword versus sword, but could be any weapon you like, there was only ever going to be one winner. As Gladwell says, Goliath had as much chance against David as a man with a sword would have had against someone armed with a .45 automatic handgun.
mcnasci24 - 1 point - 4 months ago
I had heard about the story of David and Goliath before, but I had no idea about the background you just wrote. That makes so much sense, as it shows it wasn't just a brave moment. David knew about his abilities and was confident he would win.
MelanthaKrasos - 1 point - 4 months ago
Malcolm Gladwell book is sure to be a must read. Most discussions regarding this biblical event tackles how great was David when he was able to win against Goliath. This book opens up another avenue to see the situation on both side of the coins. It has already been too long since I had my mind fixed on the perception that Goliath is the only one on the winning side, thus making David a vulnerable target. Yet, here comes a valuable insight written in words, how it was a fair play all along. This is something of a worth read.
faithjose822 - 1 point - 4 months ago
David and Goliath Summary provides a free book summary, key takeaways, insightful review, best quotes and author biography of Malcolm Gladwell’s book. Malcolm Gladwell presents a readable and thoughtful view of underdogs in history. He offers insights into how they succeeded.

Gladwell is a best-selling author and a New Yorker regular. He has a unique genius. It is his skill to convert aninteresting magazine article into a readable best-seller. His writing is so direct and conversational; it turns even small insights into thunderbolts. Many of his observations in his earlier best-sellers have become social clichés. Consider, The Tipping Point. The book David and Goliath suggests practicing 10,000 hours to attain real skills in any area. Give credit where you should. Gladwell built his niche. This remarkable collection of declarations and the examples illustrating them highlight an old yet modern theme. That is the victory of the underdog.
jeffreyjose48 - 1 point - 4 months ago
I believe that this book by Malcolm Gladwell is very good and interesting. The insights that you can learn will change your life. The story of David and Goliath is so inspiring. If you are up against a great problem as big as Goliath, you can trust in the anointing and power of God.
Alania - 1 point - 4 months ago
It's a shame that not many people know about this, the whole story about David and Goliath is amazing. Best thing it does is to explain that not everything gets measured by strength and muscles. I read the Torah quite a lot, thanks to it our civilizations exists the way they do right now.
potchuy203 - 1 point - 4 months ago
I believe that this book is a great inspirational book. It is because the story of David is also very inspirational to me. David has been the underdog compared to Goliath. But Goliath underestimated David and was defeated by the shepherd boy.
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