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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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    RobLokkesmoe 05-26-14
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    "Turns the story on its head!"
    If you could sum up David and Goliath in three words, what would they be?

    Surprising, Amazing, Shattering


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author takes a historical event that we have heard from one viewpoint, emphasis and conclusion - and overturns it without taking away from the overall spiritual aspect of story. Really masterful.


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

    Everything You Never Considered About David and Goliath


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    Barbara Jupiter, FL, United States 05-12-14
    Barbara Jupiter, FL, United States 05-12-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Not Gladwell's best"

    I am a big Malcolm Gladwell fan, but I was a little disappointed by this book, both the content and the performance. I didn't find his arguments very compelling, for example the ascertain that dyslexia can produce success because, as kids, these people have had to try so hard to do everything. Sure there are a few outstanding people who have dyslexia, but what about those who aren't outstanding? His argument seems to be that "this works this way . . . unless it doesn't." Not as tight and well-argued as his previous books. His reading of the book is not so great -- it's like he isn't enjoying it very much either. I'm glad I bought it and listened to it, but I was expecting more.

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    Rebecca FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 05-04-14
    Rebecca FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 05-04-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting, but not one of Gladwell's best...."
    Would you listen to David and Goliath again? Why?

    No. It seemed that the author could have taken advantage of current day scenarios that would have delivered the point more effectively. I waited for it, but just never got the big bang viola, that I've gotten from his previous works.


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

    I have. Some did in fact like it better than I, however they hadn't read his previous books.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    This was fine. Gladwell has an excellent speaking voice. Tone and tempo are perfect.


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

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to his next publication.

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    Tony Irvine, CA, USA 04-23-14
    Tony Irvine, CA, USA 04-23-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Gladwell as usual"

    I always enjoy a Gladwell book because I know I'll hear something that makes me think and he's an author who isn't afraid to have an opinion. Sometimes I agree with him and sometimes not but it gives me the opportunity to think and decide which is fun. This book got a bit repetitive about half way through with the studies it used but I knew his prior books and came in expecting that so it delivered on my expectations.

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    Single Dad 04-17-14
    Single Dad 04-17-14
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    "Read it for you and your kids!"
    What made the experience of listening to David and Goliath the most enjoyable?

    It was a powerful lesson in un-conventional thinking. Not "out of the box" but somewhere so far from the box the box isn't visible. This book, although probably not meant to be, should be required reading for every teacher in the World. I'll definitely put a copy in my kids hands when they are a little older, like 12 or 13? Wish I could get the staff and faculty at my kids school to cover this.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Damn near all of them. But that wife in the last story - she stands out in characters not just in this book, but in the World. Biblical proportions.


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

    Outliars. And this one was just as compelling. I'm addicted, give me more!


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

    I cried repeatedly, but it was an emotional grab. Some of the stories, and the actions of the characters just blew me away. I couldn't get over thinking how normal these people were, yet doing super human abnormal acts, not of strength or performance, but of character.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read - read - re-read - re-read again. This one will get worn out.

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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

    @natesrandomisms Believer (27yrs), Husband (15yrs), Dad (3yrs), Son (35yrs), Broken neck survivor.

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    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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