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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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    Ed Gracia Cypress, TX 01-13-14
    Ed Gracia Cypress, TX 01-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    If you could sum up David and Goliath in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful, Intelligent, Interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

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

    The fact he is the author makes the audio book even more enjoyable.


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

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    Any additional comments?

    Previously read three books by M. Gladwell, and this didn't disappoint me.,

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    Kindle Customer LEXINGTON, MA, United States 01-12-14
    Kindle Customer LEXINGTON, MA, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if the friend is already a fan of Gladwell's. This is not a good introductory book.


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

    Gladwell writes well and argues lucidly. The stories he tells are compelling and easy to follow.


    Which character – as performed by Malcolm Gladwell – was your favorite?

    The David and Goliath story was the best All the other stories about dyslexia and orphans and especially MLK were stretches. In every case, Gladwell's writing and reading made the stories compelling.


    Did David and Goliath inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, research other stories, because these stories did not hang together to make an argument like his previous books "the Tipping Point" or "Outliers". It felt like Gladwell had a bunch of random stories that he was collecting, and just decided to use the "David v Goliath" rubric to gather them into a single book. The theme doesn't hold them together at all.

    For example, in the part about curing childhood leukemia. Gladwell points to Dr. Freireich's loss of a parent as a source of inspiration. That inspiration drove Freireich's non-conventional (or even anti-conventional) approach to treating children. So losing a parent made Freireich a David? Or did his practice of challenging conventional procedures against the "establishment" make him David? If the latter, then what was the point about the death of a parent?

    Or even worse, what if losing a parent had nothing to do with Freireich's approach? These medical stories are not that uncommon. The Nobel Laureates who discovered H Pylori as the cause of gastric ulcers (Drs Marshall and Warren) are good counter-examples. The story of their struggle to get attention to their findings is similar to Freireich's. And yet, neither of them lost a parent during childhood.


    Any additional comments?

    Do: Read this if you like Gladwell. He spins a good yarn. Don't: Read this if you are looking for the profound insights found his previous books.

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    Gettica 01-07-14
    Gettica 01-07-14
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's nice to set conventional wisdom aside for a day and re-evaluate what you see around you. It can often lead to very interesting insights. Malcolm Gladwell does this very, very well.


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    Scott ESCONDIDO, CA, United States 01-06-14
    Scott ESCONDIDO, CA, United States 01-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    Where does David and Goliath rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the most interesting and inspiring books I've read in some time.


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

    How Gladwell was able to show how an "underdog" like David or a person in the modern world has an opportunity to utilize one's disadvantages to achieve some pretty remarkable things when one is able to persevere and compensate for those disadvantages.


    Which character – as performed by Malcolm Gladwell – was your favorite?

    The doctor who was able to come up with an effective treatment for childhood leukemia in spite of many detractors in the medical profession who did their best to discourage his efforts.


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

    No. I needed some time to process the concepts Gladwell was presenting.


    Any additional comments?

    For anyone who feels like or is in close relationship with an "underdog," this is a must read.

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    j. Larchmont, NY, United States 01-02-14
    j. Larchmont, NY, United States 01-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    What did you like best about David and Goliath? What did you like least?

    Its written well.


    What was most disappointing about Malcolm Gladwell’s story?

    his sited examples and loose. Felt like the book was thrown together.


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    John United States 12-26-13
    John United States 12-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Best book of the year 2013!!!"
    Where does David and Goliath rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my favorite recommendation of all the books I read in 2013


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

    Gladwell's other book, Outliers. (My favorite until this one)


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

    I have read all of his publications. Many more than once. Id say this was his best.


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

    Many moments movd me. One in particular was the big fish in a small pond analysis of our collegiate system.


    Any additional comments?

    My only whish is that Gladwell write faster so I could have more of his work to read and listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carlton 12-20-13
    Carlton 12-20-13

    Putting together words in sequence to convey the intended meeting is art...and when the narrator hits the pauses and inflections, science!

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

    I might prefer the print edition to be able to back and forth between "lessons" to make connections and to review. It is easy to forget some of a lesson when you listen days apart. Mr. Gladwell does a decent job of jogging your memory throughout, but each person's need for a refresher is an individual one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What is best is that Mr. Gladwell peels back layers to expose ideas and elements I missed and would otherwise miss in a surficial inspection. His research, as always, is pretty incredible. He is obviously a well-read and deep-thinking person. He is an asset to us all.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The exposition of David vs. Goliath was my favorite. He really pulled me in with his take on that confrontation. It clearly illustrated his point that sometimes what we see as an advantage is a disadvantage, and vice versa.


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

    It made me think. It will be a reminder for me to turn things over and think about them from the other perspective. It will also force me to recast what I view as disadvantages.


    Any additional comments?

    I preferred Outliers, but I still liked this book very much.

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    James 12-19-13
    James 12-19-13 Member Since 2012

    I enjoy audio books and blogging.

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    What did you like best about David and Goliath? What did you like least?

    The introduction was good. I liked the stories the least.


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

    The most interesting aspect was that the underdog can win. The least interesting was that I could not identify with the underdogs portrayed. They were larger than life, either doctors, or severely neglected, victims.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    Did David and Goliath inspire you to do anything?

    It was discouraging. Examples were too dramatic.


    Any additional comments?

    I was the wrong reader for this book. I was expecting more specific ideas. The right reader would probably enjoy this book a lot.

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    Xavier 12-17-13
    Xavier 12-17-13 Member Since 2009
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    As usual Gladwell has intriguing stories to tell us which are most likely worth the listen by themselves. But like in Outliers his conclusions and tie ins just don't make any sense to me. Put simply I don't get the David vs. Goliath premise throughout most of this book.

    Also find his reading style off putting and bordering arrogant.

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    A Regular Customer 12-16-13
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    "Very interesting, but too idealistic at times."
    What did you love best about David and Goliath?

    Fascinating content. Inspiring at times. Good narration by the author.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Malcolm Gladwell? Why or why not?

    Yes.


    What about Malcolm Gladwell’s performance did you like?

    Great voice. A little over-dramatic at times, but still a pleasure to listen to.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the material is a bit too much of a stretch to believe and thus creates doubt about the validity of the rest of the material. Sometimes it sounds as though he has really skewed his perspective to make reality fit his book, rather than the other way around. Even so, it's great food for thought, but should not be confused with the truth of any particular topic he explores.

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