Book Review: David and Goliath


It’s an easy decision when I hear Malcolm Gladwell has a new book out. David and Goliath – Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants was released this week and I immediately downloaded it on Audible. A couple of long drives later, I’m glad I didn’t wait.

Malcolm already has an established following from best sellers such as The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw. I’ve read each of these either in book form or on Audible. The first three are certainly available at the library if. You want to catch up.

I believe Malcolm one of the best storytellers I’ve ever read/heard (Yes, it’s his own voice on his audiobooks). He has such a fabulous style of interweaving seemingly unrelated topics in a way that makes his point, keeps your interest and even manages to teach you a few things along the way.

David and Goliath is about how the underdog isn’t always at the disadvantage we think, and more importantly, why.

Beginning with historical context on why David wasn’t as overmatched as you may have thought, Malcolm continues by telling unique, historical and recent stories about people who have turned the tables on dyslexia, tragic loss and other life challenges. This book is one you shouldn’t miss.

Even if you don’t believe in underdogs, happy endings or lollipops, this book is a fun read. It’s also an amazing example of how to tell stories (for you speakers and/or writers out there). And, oh yeah, it will keep you awake on a long drive – or even on regular shorter commutes.

Take a look at his site, when you get a chance.

Rob’s Rating system (bolded, the rating is)
Buy now at full price (Yes, it’s available on the Nook and Audible)
Buy if you get a discount
Wait for the paperback
Wait for someone else to be done with the paperback
If you’ve read my review, you got the gist of it


  1. I loved Tipping Point and Outliers… was waiting a little to buy this book, but your review has just convinced me to go for it. I might make the change to audiobook for this one 😉 Thanks and good luck for a great 2014, Conor

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