Audio book review: David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

For awhile I was a working mom. My commute times tend to be around 2 hours every day so that leaves me with plenty of time to explore the world of audiobooks and learning apps. I've been learning Python from several courses on edX and the SoloLearn app. But I do switch it up with hearing an audiobook when I can't sit down to view my phone.

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of battling giants
Read by author: Malcolm Gladwell
Time: 7 hours

Overall view: some good insights into how we think of advantages

My personal motivation for wanting to read this book was when I heard the author re-discovered Christianity when he met a couple he describes in the book, Cliff and Wilma Derksen.

What struck me the most about the book was the ways in which we view advantages may not be so advantageous after all.

The story starts with the familiar story of David and Goliath, however, Gladwell points out that the stone David used could be comparable to a gunshot. Seen in the context of an infantryman versus someone armed with a handgun the infantry man's large size does not seem to be such an advantage. So ironically it seems Goliath was the sitting duck, not David in this case.

From there Gladwell delves into people's personal stories and translates scientific research into laymen's terms. His ability to do this reminds a bit of C.S.Lewis's writing that is able to translate complex ideas into simpler analogies or stories that are more understandable. That's something that I'm hoping to work towards.

Overall I like the book although it gets a big long-winded ins some parts. But I'm definitely a fan of Gladwell's writings and will be checking his other books in the near future.


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