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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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    varPrimeAddict RENTON, WA, United States 08-26-14
    varPrimeAddict RENTON, WA, United States 08-26-14 Member Since 2013

    Hacking my commute one audiobook at a time...

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    Would you listen to David and Goliath again? Why?

    Maybe not


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

    The stories of people with learning disabilities and how they overcame those difficulties to rise to the top of their chosen careers.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The bombing of London was very interesting.


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

    Jay Freirich's story was very moving.


    Any additional comments?

    I sometimes wonder if the author thought about the concept first and then found a story to validate his line of thinking. Shouldn't it be the other way around ? i.e., Looking at stories and finding patterns. The stories are great but I cant help wondering.

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    Wade 08-22-14
    Wade 08-22-14
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    Would you try another book from Malcolm Gladwell and/or Malcolm Gladwell?

    Perhaps.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Malcolm Gladwell again?

    Perhaps.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration was okay. The subject material was anecdotal and not consistent with the theme.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from David and Goliath?

    As or I would have suggested the author make the stories more relevant to the subject matter.


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    Carol Belle river, ON, Canada 08-14-14
    Carol Belle river, ON, Canada 08-14-14 Member Since 2015

    I listen to a book a day just about. I am 49, I love mystery, thriller, true crime. G.Guidall best reader for me.

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    I am not sure what I expected, to be honest. I am please with this book and will listen to it again at some point. Some great examples in this book and does make you think or rethink on life issues.

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    Jacob 08-12-14
    Jacob 08-12-14
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    "My favorite Gladwell"
    What made the experience of listening to David and Goliath the most enjoyable?

    The fact that Malcolm reads his own books, gives the listener a better understanding of his meaning and makes the books main points hit home.


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

    Outliers


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

    All in Chapter 4: The Theory of Desirable Difficulty


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    roger BLUE ASH, OH, United States 07-31-14
    roger BLUE ASH, OH, United States 07-31-14 Member Since 2014

    Entrepreneur using Audible to fill the endless hours spent traversing this wonderful land until Google finishes their car!

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    I am a big fan of Malcolm Gladwell's work, but was immensely let down by this book. Approximately 50% of the book I had already read in various New Yorker articles and the like that Gladwell had written over about 10 years, and here he simply tried to jam them all together with a realistic interpretation of David and Goliath at the beginning to try and make them all gel. If you're new to Gladwell, certainly look to his earlier works like Blink, Tipping Point, and Outliers which all have interesting tidbits that you can apply to your life and business. This on the other hand didn't flow or form any ideas in my head that weren't of the most plain variety.

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    Debbie United States 07-26-14
    Debbie United States 07-26-14 Member Since 2014

    Well researched thrillers Chriton-esque. Nonfiction: Science, medical, biography, "self-help" meta cognitive sub-genre, memoir, philosophy..

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    Would you try another book from Malcolm Gladwell and/or Malcolm Gladwell?

    Yes


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not a Gladwell title


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

    His narration is excellent. I liked BLINK and THE TIPPING POINT. I have been listening to this now for a couple of hours and I think he has made one moderately interesting point he is beating it to death.


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

    Boredom


    Any additional comments?

    I think he can be a slow starting read. However, this book seems to be exceptionally slow going and without any dynamic tempo that would suggest it is going to get better. I am going to move on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PhilMac HAZEL CREST, IL, United States 07-21-14
    PhilMac HAZEL CREST, IL, United States 07-21-14 Member Since 2011

    I'm just a simple man who is trying to be water.

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    "Another great one by Gladwell"
    Would you listen to David and Goliath again? Why?

    I would. Gladwell always has a way of making you look at the seemingly obvious a little differently.


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

    Perhaps, "Blink", in that Gladwell presents a different take on common occurences.


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

    Not really character driven.


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

    Not really. For me this wasn't his most power work. It's sort of like how M. Night Shamalawhateverhisnameis, blew you away with the sixth sense then has been trying to capture audiences in the same manner ever since. Gladwell has consistenly challenged me. This one was very good, but not his best. "Outliers" (continues to) hit me on several emotonal levels. IMO, his best work.


    Any additional comments?

    No. But looking foward to my next Gladwell read.

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    Marian 07-07-14
    Marian 07-07-14
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe


    Would you ever listen to anything by Malcolm Gladwell again?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Malcolm Gladwell’s performance?

    It started out ok and the idea of smaller classes not being the solution was interesting...but overall I thought the title was out of whack.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    It was recommended by a friend who thought it was only ok but said anecdotally there were some interesting points. I agree. Except for a few very little remains in my memory which is not the sign of a great book or even entertaining one.

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    Nancy 06-26-14
    Nancy 06-26-14
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have appreciated a more satisfying and complete ending. I fell asleep listening to the final chapter and played it back twice. Still not satisfied. I was intrigued by the data and comparisons Mr. Gladwell compiled; however, I expected a more dynamic ending -- some concise revelation that I could ponder and explore. His final words never jelled for me. Did I miss something?


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure, still shopping


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


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    Kate L. 06-24-14
    Kate L. 06-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    What did you like best about David and Goliath? What did you like least?

    I typically love Gladwell's books. This one, however, was not his best. I found myself getting bored and tuning out for a portion of the book. Gladwell's writing is typically interesting and insightful, but to me David and Goliath missed the mark this time.


    What was most disappointing about Malcolm Gladwell’s story?

    The stories were generic and almost cliche


    How could the performance have been better?

    More unique and interesting stories on underdogs overcoming adversity


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    probably not


    Any additional comments?

    Don't get me wrong- Malcolm Gladwell is brilliant! This book just wasn't his best.

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