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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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    Michael Italy 11-11-13
    Michael Italy 11-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A Yawner- Gladwell makes the mundane come to life."
    Would you try another book from Malcolm Gladwell and/or Malcolm Gladwell?

    Ive tried them all....this one was a dud. It had moments but fizzled into uninteresting and uncompelling conjecture.


    Has David and Goliath turned you off from other books in this genre?

    not at all.


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

    Ive listened to them all. I suppose if this was your first Gladwell book it would be better. I got the sense he wrote this as a desperate attempt to fulfill a contract obligation.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Shallow in all aspects.

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    Steve Los Angeles, CA, United States 11-11-13
    Steve Los Angeles, CA, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Pretty thin"
    What disappointed you about David and Goliath?

    This book feels more like a series of musings, rather than balanced discussion.


    Has David and Goliath turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    kind of, but I felt the author's style was over dramatized


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I liked some of the basic thoughts, about the best strategies for underdogs.


    Any additional comments?

    It was fine, but at the end the 'research' felt stretched and too biased

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Armando Raleigh, NC 11-09-13
    Armando Raleigh, NC 11-09-13 Member Since 2009
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    "ho hum"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    after outliers this was dissapointing , it never seems to get to the level of the former


    Would you ever listen to anything by Malcolm Gladwell again?

    an abridged version with a decent narrator ... sure


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    he seems to run out of breath and the uneven rhythm is annoying, like someone learning to drive a stick shift


    Could you see David and Goliath being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    what ? no!


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    AM CA 11-08-13
    AM CA 11-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Okay but not his best"

    This is the first of Malcolm Gladwell's books that I haven't loved. I didn't think the arguments he made in this one were as well supported as those in previous books. And though some of the stories were interesting, the theme that tied them together felt forced in places. I'll still look forward to his next one, but when I feel like re-listening to one of his I'll go with Outliers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Palo Alto, CA, United States 11-07-13
    Linda Palo Alto, CA, United States 11-07-13 Member Since 2006
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    "I almost always enjoy Gladwell, but..."

    For an interesting and thought provoking listen or read, I have always counted on Gladwell's books. I've enjoyed them all, especially Outliers, for their hypotheses and stories. The author usually has interesting stories, including his own, that helps illustrate and "prove" the points. For some reason, neither the story nor the hypotheses seemed very strong here. The writing and performance good as usual, but the story as illustrations seemed forced. I almost did not finish this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Partha Chicago, IL, United States 11-06-13
    Partha Chicago, IL, United States 11-06-13 Member Since 2013

    Love to read . Love to hear audio books .

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    "Great motivation book"
    If you could sum up David and Goliath in three words, what would they be?

    Highly recommended


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The real life explanation of each


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

    No i haven't heard Gladwell's performance earlier . I look forward to hear his other performances.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes i listened it in a single sitting


    Any additional comments?

    A great book

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    Craig Greenfield, WI, United States 11-06-13
    Craig Greenfield, WI, United States 11-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Interest learning experience."
    Any additional comments?

    As much as I think I understand the circumstances that lead up to any situation, Malcolm is always there to let me know I'm trippin'.

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    Peter RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA, United States 11-05-13
    Peter RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA, United States 11-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    Would you consider the audio edition of David and Goliath to be better than the print version?

    Yes, if only because Malcolm Gladwell Narrates it himself and can put the emotion and emphasis exactly where he wants it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The compelling narrative and historical evidence.


    What about Malcolm Gladwell’s performance did you like?

    When given time, he is one of the contemporary masters of the spoken word.


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

    More crying than laughter, but the tears were always of amazement in some character's conviction.


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    James Albuquerque, NM, United States 11-05-13
    James Albuquerque, NM, United States 11-05-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Gladwell continues to amaze and encourage"

    D&G is a series of tales that are most amazing by the sincerity of their truth. Gladwell breaks down complex ideas, adds the human spirit to them, and brings ideas to life. An excellent book. Excellent title.

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    Roger Smith Orlando, Florida United States 11-05-13
    Roger Smith Orlando, Florida United States 11-05-13 Member Since 2000

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Really? That's all?"

    Well that was sad. Gladwell's books are always so great that I jumped on this one right away. I know it will be a huge hit in sales with books in every store, airport, and web site. But it just says "small people have different strategies than big people". Then proceeds to illustrate with examples that are not very strong, exciting, or motivating.

    Hope his next book is better.

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