Wednesday, 12 February 2014

David & Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

David & Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

I have read all Malcolm Gladwell's books, including the newest one David & Goliath: Underdogs, misfits and the art of rattling giants.  In common with his earlier books, the book is short and easily read. 

I didn't think it was as good as The Tipping Point  but it was good all the same.

He explores situations where things that should be advantages actually turn out to be the opposite – and situations where people with major disadvantages such as dyslexia – turn out to be really successful because of the barriers they have had to overcome. (And by the way, why on earth would you call a disorder like dyslexia something so very difficult to read/spell!)

There are things in this book that not everyone will agree with.  Many teachers will not agree that while smaller class sizes are good to a point that there are real disadvantages of class sizes being too small.

And his chapter/s on the benefits/disadvantages of choosing an Ivy League college over another good but not famous college were an eye opener for me.

The third part of the book deals with the limits of power in the context of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, the 3 strikes law in California, and the resistance of a town in France during WWII.   

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