Book Review: David And Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell


Zy Marquiez
June 3, 2016

As George Bernard Shaw once said:

“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.”

Soon after reading Blink – The Power Of Thinking Without Thinking, was really looking forward to reading this book.

David And Goliath – Underdogs, Misfits, And The Art Of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell does a fair job of giving many excellent examples of what we know as the classic David Vs. Goliath narrative.

The book begins rather strong, analyzing the classic David Vs. Goliath story many are familiar with.

Gladwell does a rather incisive job of showing why it’s likely that David was in fact the favorite in the classic David vs. Goliath fight, once one views the whole ordeal from a big picture, outside-of-the-box mindset.  Unfortunately, that’s not how we are taught to think.

Society often equates size with strength, money with power, and authority with knowledge.  That type of mentality has proven extremely flawed in countless examples, and some of these are shown and dissected by Gladwell.

In its nascent stages, the book read fairly quickly, showing not only excellent examples of the author’s main thesis, but doing it rather concisely sticking to the main points.

The latter half of the book, although interesting, was vastly more long-winded than it had to be.  Would have much preferred additional examples and outside-of-the-box type of analysis.

If Blink was 9 out of 10 scale, then this is a 7 out of a 10 scale.  This book by Gladwell is still a great book to read, and more books should be written on this type of analysis.

Its quite intriguing the amount of times that people in underdog situations actually have an advantage [or many] due to the very circumstances that people claim should hinder them.  Its way beyond a glass-half-full type thinking.

This is a great book for everyone to read, especially people that go through more struggle than others.

Defeatist attitudes serve individuals no good, and hinder many people more so than they should.  This is why this book shines, because it shows that one should just forgo those thoughts and press on.

History is littered with examples of circumstances in which individuals, or groups, pressed on, sometimes even out numbered 10 to 1 – as the book elucidates some examples – regardless of the fact that it seemed that victory was only a dream, and achieved resounding victory.  Better yet, in many more times than one would expect, these individuals not only made it through but set monumental examples worthy of admiration.

In a society where more and more people are showcasing defeatists attitudes, and inside-the-box mentality, this book has made some waves, and rightly so.

It has shown what’s possible when the individual, living in his unbounded creative consciousness and imagination, shows what he’s capable of, no matter the ‘odds’.

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Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, and freelance writer who regularly studies subjects such as: Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more. His own personal blog is where his personal work is shared, while serves as a media portal which mirrors vital information usually ignored by mainstream press, but still highly crucial to our individual understanding of various facets of the world. My work can also be found on

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