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David and Goliath Audiobook

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

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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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    Misty 05-30-15
    Misty 05-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "once again, gladwell didn't disappoint"

    once again, gladwell gives great perspective and insight by providing real life examples. I loved the concepts and how he explains that winning at your own game and not trying to beat them at theirs is one of the keys to success. many great thoughts in this book. lots of light bulb moments.

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    fahad al-suwaid 05-27-15
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    Great book but not Malcolm's greatest
    I find this as a least favorite among he's book
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    Mario Flores 05-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Una nueva forma de ver el mundo!!"

    Desde que vi la presentación de este libro por Malcom en TED, despertó mi curiosidad por leer esta obra y mis expectativas fueron superadas más allá de sus vagos límites.

    Cada capítulo era una nueva perspectiva de como afrontamos nuestras supuestas capacidades y discapacidades ante los "Goliath" que nos imponen la sociedad, nuestros propios pensamientos y costumbres.

    Narrado por el mismo autor fue algo que me gustó aun más, porque sabía donde dar el énfasis necesario con su voz para transmitir el sentimiento de las personas de los relatos.

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    Estevan 05-17-15
    Estevan 05-17-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Touching, inspiring, cultivating"

    An inspiring book that teaches us the secret strengths of an "underdog." This book should be read many times throughout ones life.

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    Ryan 05-14-15
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    Very very interesting book! Would recommend to everyone! Inspiring and uplifting. Gives me a different outlook on life! Second time I listened to it!

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    Jan Reynolds 05-12-15
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    "More anecdotes, less data"

    Gladwell's books have gotten progressively more anecdotal and his claims have become less substantiated. He Cherry picks examples and facts that barely support his claims. However, he is a great story teller. He may have decided that he need not be a statistician to tell interesting stories. If so, he should switch completely to biographies or historical fiction.

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    "Another great book by Gladwell!"

    The only thing better than reading a Gladwell book is listening to Malcolm Gladwell read a Gladwell book. Definitely a five star read and reading.

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    whatmamasaysgoes 05-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Thank you!"

    I deeply appreciate the way Gladwell weaves storytelling and research together. In his hands heartbreak and a closer, longer look at humanity reveal unexpected truth. These are practical revelations I will immediately apply. Very well read! Will listen again certain to learn more.

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    Mastiff Enthusiast Colorado Springs, CO United States 05-02-15
    Mastiff Enthusiast Colorado Springs, CO United States 05-02-15 Member Since 2014

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    "as usual, excellent thought provoking"

    I love all of Malcolm Gladwell's writing. this again made me really think and ponder how we can easily underestimate the underdog.

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    TAMIKA 05-02-15
    TAMIKA 05-02-15
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    "AMAZING! INSPIRING! EYE OPENING!"

    The book blew me away! It alsohelped me see how normal I am in my thinking. At the same time, I see insecurities and faults in our life as stepping stones, not tomb stones.

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