By Malcolm Gladwell
Despite the emotional strain and hardship of difficult times, often unexpected good comes out of the most difficult situations. In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges us to think about how we deal with adversity by drawing on history, psychology, and Gladwell’s own insight we’ve grown to love.
The title story gives the account of the original “David and Goliath” conflict and how against all odds, a young shepherd boy won a battle against a giant warrior. The rest of Gladwell’s stories are drawn from contemporary society with themes such as troubles in Northern Ireland, the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, murder and the high costs of revenge, and the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms – all to demonstrate how much of what is beautiful and important in the world comes from what began with suffering and adversity.
Gladwell reminds us that we are not alone even though we may be experiencing great hardship. We all have something to learn from one another about the significance of embracing diversity and rising from adversity to triumph.
Reviewed by Lisa Newman