David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants Author: Malcolm Gladwell SYNOPSIS The title of this book refers to the well-known biblical story of how the acknowledged outside shot, David, triumphed over the mighty Goliath. This is a forensic examination of  ‘what happens when ordinary people confront giants’, the author using this epic battle to demonstrate the surprising advantages underdogs have… Read More David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

Outliers: The Story of Success

Outliers: The Story of Success Author: Malcolm Gladwell Synopsis In this, probably his most important book, Malcolm Gladwell explores the key factors that predict success. The author identifies the distinguishing features of all highly successful people, the so-called outliers: ‘…geniuses, business tycoons, rock stars, and software programmers‘ who ‘do things that are out of the ordinary’ (page 17).… Read More Outliers: The Story of Success

The Tipping Point: How Little Things can make a Big Difference

The Tipping Point: How Little Things can make a Big Difference Author: Malcolm Gladwell Synopsis The theme of this book, the spread of epidemics, will resonate with doctors. The book explores the similarities between the transmission of infections and the spread of ideas, products, messages, and behaviours. The author argues that social trends spread just like viral epidemics-when they cross… Read More The Tipping Point: How Little Things can make a Big Difference

The Inspiring Genius of Malcolm Gladwell

There are so many reasons why everyone must read Malcolm Gladwell. His writing is flawless, the social issues he addresses are relevant, his analysis is incisive, and his story-telling is unrivalled.   In book after book, he has helped to shape how we view important subjects from crime to healthcare, from decision-making to work ethics. He dissects complex questions, and… Read More The Inspiring Genius of Malcolm Gladwell

Impulse

Impulse: Why We Do What We Do Without Knowing Why We Do It Author: David Lewis Synopsis ‘We all like to regard ourselves as rational human beings…’ but ‘…our actions are mindless far more often than they are mindful…’ (page xv). This book attributes our mindlessness to impulse, the automatic emotions that influence most our actions. The author says this is… Read More Impulse

Empathy

Empathy: Why it Matters, and How to Get it Author: Roman Krznaric Synopsis Why, in a technologically connected world, are we victims of empathy deficit, and plagued by an epidemic of narcissism (pages xvii-xviii)? Why are we oblivious of the consequences of empathic collapse such as the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide (page xix)? Why are we hostage to psychopaths, people Simon… Read More Empathy