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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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    The anecdotes dragged on for quite a while. This could have been either a long podcast or this length of book with more substantial evidence.

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    I listen to this book through audible. The author narrated his own work, and that lend credibility to the read. The book captured my attention and I found excuses to drive simply to listen to the book further. The collection of facts and interesting stories where captivating. The only criticism I have regarding the book is that it lacked a summary at the end tying everything back to The original story of David and Goliath, and how underdogs actually defeat their Giants.

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    I love how he makes you think more critically about everything. This book is also very inspiring and uplifting. Thanks again Malcolm

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    collection of stories told in a way that is memorable. Truly one of the best!!!

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    julie & richard mendel wayne, pa USA 01-25-15 Member Since 2014

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    Where does David and Goliath rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have enjoyed every book Mr. Gladwell has written. Mr. Gladwell has a terrific (soft) voice for the narration, and it is great to hear the author's intonation.


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

    Becoming immersed into the story as Mr. Gladwell describes David's encounter with Goliath.


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

    I have read or listened to every book Mr. Gladwell has published (I think) and he really has a unique perspective that he only espouses after meticulous research.


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

    I just kept replaying the author's description of David as he walked toward Goliath.


    Any additional comments?

    Great perspective, and so well written that it lends itself to a very large audience.

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    Eric Madrid 01-25-15
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    Love all his books. This was also great. Highly recommended to anyone interesting in seeing the world from a different perspective.

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

    Yes


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

    Underdogs can win, we can will against the larger competition.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    It's a bummer to read "Am I a dog, "he roared at David, "that you come at me with a stick", Malcolm quotes it as sticks and said Goliath had a vision problem which is why he saw David's shepard staff as sticks, but the "Chronological Life Application Study Bible" has it as stick, singular - this worries me, since I base my belief in Malcolm's fabulous writing is based on meticulous research, why would he misquote something everyone can look up, the King James has it as staves so maybe this is what Malcolm relied on, "And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods."


    Was David and Goliath worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    We need more Malcolm Gladwells to challenge our cultures assumptions - love his Outliers book - just wonderful, this one is just as good :-)

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    A good paradigm shifting look at advantage and conventional thinking. Too often we are stuck in a narrow view of our world. We quit without using our talents because we don't see them. This book helps you to open your mind.

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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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