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"Actually Really Good",
This review is from: David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants (Hardcover)
It says something about our culture that we feel the need to say that this book is "actually really good." Of course it is, Malcolm Gladwell wrote it. He's a staff writer for the New Yorker and a former science reporter for the Washington Post. He is not some guru translating for gullible philistines. I'm not sure where all the resentment comes from, honestly. Malcolm is a great writer who writes books that provoke people to think. That is undeniably a good thing.
But this book is great. Malcolm, four books in, has mastered his style, mastered the art of the story and the research and science behind it. This book is much less about studies and more about powerful individuals. From Wyatt Walker in the Civil Rights Movement to Emil Freireich and his battle to cure children's leukemia. Those stories are inspiring, provocative, counterintuitive and much appreciated.
Couple quick notes:
-This book has more footnotes than I remember from Gladwell's other books. This is actually welcome and enjoyable. Some of the best stuff is there.
-This book is more applicable and practical than Outliers (which I felt just told us some information that there was little we could do with)
-It's a short, fast read. But I urge you to slow down and absorb it
-There is no big viral idea in this book (no tipping point or 10,000 hours theory). But in some ways that makes the book more enjoyable and make it resistant to implification
-Ignore the haters. If you like the book, great. You're allowed to. Don't let them bully you into denying it.