Review of “David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell

David and GoliathI read Outliers last year and was blown away by its compelling argument that the people we consider geniuses aren’t born that way. David and Goliath also has a theory: that some things we consider a weakness can also be a strength.

A lot of people are familiar with the story of David and Goliath. How a shepherd boy thought outside the box and killed a great warrior in single combat without even getting close. And this book is filled with many similiar examples. Times when doing something that would seem contrary to good sense, ends up having a better result than following the crowd.

That’s a pretty strong message: it’s sometimes better to zig when everyone else zags, but there are other insights in this book which kept me interested all the way to the end. While I wouldn’t say that it’s on the same level as Outliers, I was very interested in the stories Gladwell had to tell.

The last point in the book is to do with authority and how the powerful are less powerful than they appear. That their power only comes from the acceptance of the underclasses, and if they push their priveledge too far, they can easily be toppled. Which I found fascinating. It’s an insight into power dynamics that perhaps many don’t consider.

This book won’t change your life, as Outliers might, but it’s still well worth a read. I give it 4/5 stars (5/5 on Amazon), meaning that I liked it.

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