Samstag, 8. Februar 2014

David&Goliath, underdogs, misfits and the art of battling giants

I've never written a bookreview of a nonfiction novel before so today it's my first time. The book I've chosen is David&Goliath, underdogs, misfits and the art of battling giants by Malcom Gladwell.




When I bought this book at my local store, I have never heard of Malcom Gladwell before. Therefore I was more impressed by his writing style and the topic of the book. He retells the story of David and Goliath, a story about the weak beating the powerful with help of pluck and sheer blind faith. Well, Gladwell points out that Goliath was the vulnerable one. Of course, Goliath was a giant but that characteristics made him slow, clumsy and probably half-blind (double vision is a common side effect of an overproduction of human growth hormone). He could only have beaten David by getting his hand on him but David kept his distance. Moreover,  David used his sling. (Ancient armies contained teams of slingers who could be deadly from distances about 200 yards =182m)

Goliath had as much chance against David as a man with a sword would have had against someone armed with a .45 automatic handgun”

So that is the theme of the book. The strong are often surprisingly weak when we looked at from the right angle and therefore people who seem weak can turn out to be strong. Being an underdog can open doors, create opportunities and make possible what had been seemed unthinkable.

Don’t be a Goliath. Dare to be a David. Gladwell retells these lessons with different stories, the subjects of which range from high school girls’ basketball to child murder and the Holocaust. Almost all of them are great stories.

This book challenged my point of view. I started to think about the book’s message. At first, I thought the true lesson is not to be a Goliath but in fact it is don’t be a Philistine – the army that sent Goliath. So the simple moral is – choose your weapon carefully.


I just can recommend the book to everyone who would like to read a non-fiction book about stories of remarkable underdogs, history, science, psychology and the connection between all these topics. The book can/could/might challenge your conventional thinking.  

 That's all for today :) Hope you enjoyed my book review and have a nice day ♥
                                                    

Mai-Anh

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