ISBN: 9780316204361

The battle of David and Goliath is legendary and Malcolm Gladwell seeks to continue the legend but not in the same way. In fact, this David and Goliath is all about how the story was flawed and how the characters were really able to succeed in their endeavors. It may not have been as miraculous of an event as history would lead us to believe but may, instead, have been a completely probable event that should have been foretold long before it actually occurred.


The Truth About Obstacles

When everyday people face obstacles they overcome them or they try to go around them. Some people get completely stumped by obstacles and simply can’t work their way around them. In this book Gladwell seeks to discuss the ways in which the story evolved and the history of where it came from. Yet he also seeks to explain to the reader the ways that overcoming obstacles and challenges in life can truly change your life. No matter what your age or your level in life these problems could arise and understanding what they really mean is crucial to being able to survive them.


There are many events that occur during the course of life for the average person. People die, school problems arise, career setbacks occur and far more. Any or all of these things could happen throughout the course of your life or someone that you know and love. As a result, it’s important to know what you would and should do in case one of these events occurs. This book discusses the ways that obstacles may not be as bad as the average person thinks from the start. It discusses the psychology of obstacles and thinking patterns that can cause the average person to succeed.


The history of David and Goliath is full of the tales of Ireland and there’s more history than just that contained in this book. In fact, there are plenty of tales of Northern Ireland from the time of these two great legends until modern day. These obstacles include cancer, civil rights, revenge and far, far more than could be described in this short description. The culture of this great country has evolved over time and continues to evolve because of the ways in which the people fight and overcome their obstacles. It all depends on your point of view and the changes you are willing to make.



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  • Abby Clare
    November 14, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    I really like books that help me to understand myself better so I picked up this one because it claimed to help understand obstacles and disadvantages. Well I was definitely happy that David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell kept its promises. I learned a lot from this book because I have to say I never looked at obstacles in my life the right way before. Now that I can do that I think it will help me to succeed throughout my life and that it will help me to make some huge differences as well. I definitely recommend this book for everyone.

  • Angie Randall
    November 14, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    The story of David and Goliath is one that nearly everyone knows so taking that story and using it to help people see their true strengths and abilities was definitely a great take by Malcolm Gladwell. I started looking at the story from a whole different light and I found I was looking at myself differently too. Coping and getting through different events in life can be difficult but this book really explains some of those things better than I’ve seen before. I loved the history at the beginning and I definitely loved the advice throughout the rest of the book.

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