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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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    Alan Yuba City, CA 04-16-14
    Alan Yuba City, CA 04-16-14 Member Since 2010

    Dad, Dentist, Adventurer. Well... at least 2 of those.

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    "Makes you think about challenges differently"

    Like all his books I didn't necessarily agree with all of his conclusions. But the stories he tells to get his point across are compelling and deeply thought provoking.

    The David and Goliath part was interesting but his evidence that Goliath had acromegaly was pretty weak.
    -"What am I a dog that you come at me with staves", that is supposed to mean he had double vision, or poor vision. Uh sure.
    -The fact that he had a shield bearer is supposed to mean that he couldn't carry his own shield, cause a foot soldier would've carried his own shield. Or maybe he was kinda special and they treated him a little different than your average foot soldier... cause he was freaking huge.

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    Todd Duluth, MN, United States 04-15-14
    Todd Duluth, MN, United States 04-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Gladwell with more well presented material"
    Where does David and Goliath rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was good. As with other Gladwell books, the points he makes are often illustrated with very specific examples which are less than scientific, but they are entertaining an on point nonetheless.


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

    A personal connection. He obviously knows what innuendo and tone he wants to present his material.


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    Eric 04-14-14
    Eric 04-14-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting but repetitive"
    Would you consider the audio edition of David and Goliath to be better than the print version?

    I would guess they are equal but I have not read the print version.


    If you’ve listened to books by Malcolm Gladwell before, how does this one compare?

    I have read 5 Galdwell books and this falls dead smack in the middle. Below Outliers and Tipping Point, but much better than Blink and What The Dog Saw.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The first third of the book was the most interesting, then it became derivative.


    Any additional comments?

    This comes across as a negative review, that is not my intent. I enjoyed the book very much. Falls in my top 5 books for 2013, just not as good as previous works by Galdwell. .

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    S. Audette 04-08-14
    S. Audette 04-08-14 Member Since 2015
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    If you’ve listened to books by Malcolm Gladwell before, how does this one compare?

    I've listened to all if Gladwell's books. His performance is always soothing and enjoyable, if a little dry. I love his slant on the topics he tackles and leave every good with a head full of questions to change the way I look at the world (at least for a little while).

    I just didn't find David and Goliath as strong has his other books. Good but not great.
    His other books left me feeling empowered simply by having a better understanding of the machinery of our mind. I didn't walk away from David and Goliath with tools that made me feel ready to change anything.


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    Nathan North San Jose, CA, US 03-20-14
    Nathan North San Jose, CA, US 03-20-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Your ears will love you for buying this audio book"
    Where does David and Goliath rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top ten.....


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

    The Trust Edge - This is the next audio book you should buy.


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

    When the author reads the book, you can feel the heart and passion of the author.


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

    Yes, but I would listen to it in stages.


    Any additional comments?

    BUY IT!

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    Felipe Escarra 03-18-14
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    What did you love best about David and Goliath?

    Excellent Read. One of the best books I have listened to. Excellent beginning to end. Highly recommned.


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

    Highlights many positive experiences that many would find challenging.


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

    No, actually, a book that I will probably listen to again at a later time.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent. A must read. Will continue to highly recommend to friends and family.

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    Don Hastings Seguin, TX 03-16-14
    Don Hastings Seguin, TX 03-16-14 Member Since 2010

    I love to read and listen to books of all kinds, but I am always interested in connecting to new authors.

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    "Absolutely Incredible!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Malcolm Gradwell is a master of weaving short stories into a a point (underdogs, misfits and battling giants) to create credible themes. I have read or listened to all his books and can't wait for the next. This is book, audio or print version, is a must read!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gladwell reads material like a professional! After completing the audio, I purchased the book.


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

    I have read or listened to all of his books. This is my favorite to date, but all the other are a close second.


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

    Being an educator, I loved the section on selecting the right university. Very thought provoking and defines my career.


    Any additional comments?

    I write very few reviews, but Gladwell deserves a pat on the back. Thank you for what you do. Your writing expands my thinking.

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    Jayne CARMICHAEL, CA, United States 03-15-14
    Jayne CARMICHAEL, CA, United States 03-15-14 Member Since 2013

    Married to a Presbyterian Pastor - 4 grand children - just returned from a mission trip to Russia - Career - Interior designer

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    "Unforgettable!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have purchased several copies for family members. I hope they read the interesting pages of this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The David and Goliath story - insights into GOD'S plan for David.


    What about Malcolm Gladwell’s performance did you like?

    Excellent - He is articulate and interesting.


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

    Yes! It is insightful and full of hope!


    Any additional comments?

    I plan to read more of Malcolm Gladwells's books.

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    Joel Dunwoody, GA, United States 03-14-14
    Joel Dunwoody, GA, United States 03-14-14 Member Since 2006
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    If you could sum up David and Goliath in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting educational book


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

    Yes, a lot of interesting facts


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

    He is fine but I am not sure he brought anything more than anyone else


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

    I could have done that, but I didn't.


    Any additional comments?

    This is definitely worth listening to.

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    Paige Woodruff CT 03-14-14
    Paige Woodruff CT 03-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Gladwell's Best Yet"
    Would you listen to David and Goliath again? Why?

    There aren't many books that I would read or listen to more than once however I would listen to this book a second time. The facts that Gladwell pulls out are a fascinating twist to old ideas.


    What about Malcolm Gladwell’s performance did you like?

    Gladwell has improved his performance with this book. It is very interesting to hear to author's inflection in the narration--you can clearly hear is emphasis in a few spots in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I think that every parent should read this book, it will likely help shape your thinking about where you child attends school and why.

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