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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants | [Malcolm Gladwell]

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

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, October 2013 - Get ready to have your view of the world turned upside down. Malcolm Gladwell - best-selling author of Blink, The Tipping Point, and Outliers - returns to present new ways of looking at why being among the advantaged is not always advantageous. David & Goliath explores the \"art of battling giants\" through the personal accounts of underdogs and misfits whose wild success stories are often falsely considered flukes. This is not a sentimental celebration of good things happening to good people. In true Gladwellian fashion, the real reasons behind so many pull-from-behind wins are completely unexpected. And if you've ever heard any of the author's many speaking engagements you know to expect a lively listening experience with Gladwell narrating the book himself. —Tricia, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Winner, Non-Fiction, 2014

Malcolm Gladwell, the number-one best-selling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What the Dog Saw, offers his most provocative - and dazzling - book yet.

Three thousand years ago, on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and a sling, and ever since then the names of David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants. David's victory was improbable and miraculous. He shouldn't have won.

Or should he have?

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.

Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago. From there, David and Goliath examines Northern Ireland's Troubles, the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, murder and the high costs of revenge, and the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms - all to demonstrate how much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity.

In the tradition of Gladwell's previous best sellers, David and Goliath draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think about the world around us.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.


©2013 Malcolm Gladwell (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Robert MORAGA, CA, United States 03-07-14
    Robert MORAGA, CA, United States 03-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Over-simplification mixed with hyperbole"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes - central tenets of the books were really interesting and Gladwell is a great storyteller.


    Would you recommend David and Goliath to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes - with reservations.


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Gladwell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope.


    Do you think David and Goliath needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Nope - not much more to the argument.


    Any additional comments?

    As with his other books, Gladwell grossly over-generalizes to get his point across and he usually doesn't need to. His points are throughout-provoking in and of themselves.

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    Gloria Carmichael, CA, USA 03-05-14
    Gloria Carmichael, CA, USA 03-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Thought provoking"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoy all of his books and this one is no exception. Although I may not agree with all his conclusions , his arguments are sound.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of David and Goliath?

    Interesting facts about IKEA


    Any additional comments?

    The man's voice is so calming that it's worth the listen just to hear him talk.

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    Chris Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 03-05-14
    Chris Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 03-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Malcolm Gladwell does not disappoint"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The stories that are told in the book are captivating and intriguing. Malcolm Gladwell provides a host of characters who give colourful illustration to his central theme of disadvantages being advantageous and advantages sometimes being crippling disadvantages. Having the author narrate made it a much more intimate experience.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I think that some of the concepts that are explored are worthy to be tested in a setting where social issues collide with technical challenges.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Having read Tipping Point I am tempted to listen to it to see if I gain any additional insights by having the author read it. A quality product throughout.

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    Anthony Rancho Santa Mar, CA, United States 03-02-14
    Anthony Rancho Santa Mar, CA, United States 03-02-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Not my favorite Gladwell book"

    I really love Malcolm Gladwell and have enjoyed many of his previous books but I did not enjoy this book. I enjoyed the story about class sizes and Ivy League school but most of the stories were not engaging to me and I found myself looking forward to the end.

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    Peter K. Pleasanton, CA USA 03-01-14
    Peter K. Pleasanton, CA USA 03-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great until he gets political"

    If you read/listen to the book it is really good until he explains the California three strikes law was good but then bad and contradicts himself a few times. Then goes on to compare it to a Mennonite/pacifist couple in Canada. That part is more nonsense and a political statement with Gladwell putting forth a self-serving epistle that aligned with his rediscovering his Mennonite faith. That part DID NOT fit the book. If you get over that part the ending about Le Chambon during WW2 was very good.

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    Jennifer Knight Napa, CA 02-28-14
    Jennifer Knight Napa, CA 02-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Easy listen. Great food for thought."
    Where does David and Goliath rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Up there. I really enjoyed it. Thought provoking content and the author does a great job narrating.


    What does Malcolm Gladwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice! The voice is a powerful thing. There's so much emotion and nuance that is more accessible in listening.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I don't know that it would make a great film.


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    Marvin DALLAS, TX, United States 02-25-14
    Marvin DALLAS, TX, United States 02-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Another excellent book, Must READ for Dyslexias"

    I have yet to listen to something from Malcolm Gladwell that I did not consider excellent. Having dyslexia really makes this book a must read. For I was driving in my car to work listening to this book, was on the portion of dyslexia and had to pull off the side of the road for I started crying. The tears were hearing someone understood and be able to explain all that I’ve gone through in my life. I’ve never been able to put into words or understood truly my issues. For you ask a hearing impaired person or sight impaired person what is a here and what do they see what all they have heard and seen was nothing. Asking a dyslexic why do you read this, do you reverse letters, how are you not reading this correctly. Is the same thing of asking a blind person what they see. All I know is I would not be as successful as I am without being dyslexic, I do not believe I would have pushed myself or have gotten the support from my parents if it was easy. As Mr. Gladwell states in the book, I would not wish this on anyone but it disadvantage I do not see it as.

    I consider myself a very successful architect, I specialize in hospitals. Very technically/complicated building, I’m considered a code expert which requires reading and understanding. I contribute my dyslexia to giving me the gift of understanding. Very difficult for me to read the codebooks, my comprehension level is high

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    Darryl A. Cox Nashville TN 02-23-14
    Darryl A. Cox Nashville TN 02-23-14

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    What made the experience of listening to David and Goliath the most enjoyable?

    How Mr. Gladwell researches and comes out with solid nuggets of heady goodness!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David from the David and Goliath story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the author shows why Goliath fell!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was mainly in awe!


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    Walter B Reed Washington, DC 02-20-14
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    "Entertaining and thought provoking"
    If you could sum up David and Goliath in three words, what would they be?

    Question your assumptions.


    What other book might you compare David and Goliath to and why?

    Tipping Point/Freakonomics


    What does Malcolm Gladwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Articulates and adds tone to the words that only the author would


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Admittedly, I enjoy all of Mr. Gladwell's writings - I don't always agree with his argument, I appreciate the logical presentation and always food for thought


    Any additional comments?

    Great audiobook and very enjoyable material.My one complaint (as always) is the pricing of audiobooks vs the hard copy - one would think the digital version would be less expensive. . .

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    Niklas København Ø, Denmark 02-17-14
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    David and Goliath is definitely an interesting book and are at times very hard to put down. Malcolm Gladwell has really found a lot if interesting cases though i sometimes felt that it was more a story of extraordinary people than an investigation into the case of the underdog against the giant. I sometimes had the feeling of the book loosing focus and burying itself in the story of an individual though it always returned and made sense of the case. The narration by Malcolm Gladwell was a little soft for me and would have preferred someone with a slightly harder voice, but otherwise good narration. Overall a very interesting book thats definitely worth the a credit, especially if you enjoyed his other books.

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    Would you consider the audio edition of David and Goliath to be better than the print version?

    I love the way Gladwell tells stories and induces theories from the stories. I don't always agree with his theories - they sound convincing but they're just theories - but I love the way he communicates and makes me think.

    I really good listen.


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