Malcolm Gladwell: David And Goliath Review


Ever since quarantine began, I challenged myself to read at least 5 books. And the update to that is that I’m on track to finish my tenth book in the next couple of days. I’ve read more during this time than I’ve ever read in my life. And today, I want to talk to you about one of those books.

David And Goliath Book Cover

Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

This was the second book I read by him, the first being What The Dog Saw, but I much prefer this one.

David and Goliath, is a tale of old. It is a biblical tale of how a giant (Goliath) during war was taken down by a seemingly unthinkable opponent- a shepard (David)

The book is about what happens when ordinary people confront giants.

The first few chapters of the book were interesting enough for me to get through them. Then came the story of Caroline Sacks. This was the one that made me binge read (if that even is a phrase, haha!) the rest of the book. It talks about how things we see as an advantage, in time, might prove to have the opposite effect in regards to choosing colleges. But it can be taken and used in other aspects as well.

Part Two: My favorite part of the book

Part Two of the book actually gave me goosebumps. There’s no other way to put it. The chapters in these talk about David Boies who has dyslexia, but uses that as an advantage and become one of the biggest names in Law.

The next chapter talks about Emil “Jay” Freireich and how his struggles as during childhood molded him to an adult who in the end was one of the doctors who created a medicine for Leukemia.

The last chapter of Part Two takes us back to the Civil Rights Era of America to Wyatt Walker and how he forced the Chief of Police to take drastic action and in a way ‘staged’ one of the most famous photograph that led to laws being passed. It fits the theme of the book extremely well.

Part 3

The more interesting portions of the book come her. Though Part 2 gave me goosebumps, these stories here will be ones I will come back to every now and then.

I won’t be going into detail here incase you want to read the book.


I implore you go and read the book. It’s very well worth it.


A college student trying to make sense of the world.