Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Book review: David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell

I have read all of Gladwell's books. I was super-eager to read this one, but in the end, I kind of felt "meh." It was okay. It's a cool thing to explain why disadvantages, like dyslexia or having a parent die when you are a child, can be an advantage. But I thought it ended very suddenly, and it mixed famous and not-famous people not terribly successfully in my opinion (he kept referring back to previous people and each time, if it wasn't a famous person, it took me a while to remember who it was.)

I did particularly like the story about the French town that harbored hundreds (maybe thousands) of Jews during WWII, fairly openly. And also the data looking at the rates of students majoring in the sciences at Ivy League schools versus at state universities was pretty fascinating. The story about Northern Ireland during The Troubles just didn't stick for me and the grumpy cancer doctor also was one that didn't resonate after the book was over. So I felt the chapters were uneven, and there really should have been more of a conclusion. But it was a moderately interesting, fast read.

I bought this book at Barnes and Noble.

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