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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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    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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    "not Gladwell's best"
    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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    Yolanda GARFIELD, NJ, United States 06-12-14
    Yolanda GARFIELD, NJ, United States 06-12-14 Member Since 2013

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

    At the top with his other books.


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

    Giant and David...perfect title selection.


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

    David...


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

    Relating the stories to well-known historical stories.


    Any additional comments?

    A new way of looking at history...

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    DevoW Salt Lake City, UT, United States 06-09-14
    DevoW Salt Lake City, UT, United States 06-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    I am a big fan of Malcolm Gladwell and was excited to get this book. Unfortunately, not as good as Tipping Point and Blink.

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    michael NEWTON CENTER, MA, United States 06-08-14
    michael NEWTON CENTER, MA, United States 06-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Looking for fools: no idea why..."

    I had a dilemma how to evaluate this book: 1 or 5 stars. In this book as in his previous books the master-mind, Mr. Gladwell, is one of very few who is trying to find scientific evidence to sometimes not obvious and shocking conclusions. However, in this book, "the selective simplification" achieved embarrassing results. From case-to-case the author uses arguments and statistics so arbitrarily that I am convinced the does not believe in his own deductions. It was very hard to read primitive attempts to justify the unethical means by the desired goal (putting kids on the front line in the fight against racism) and at the same time forgetting the same argument (and BTW the same statistics) Mr. Gladwell used attempting to disqualify "three strikes" criminal law by "improvements started even before" logic.

    I am sure Mr. Gladwell wanted to promote the very leftist views, and that would have been fine, if he did a better job to justify his views, but the flaws are so obvious, so the only conclusion I came up to was that he needed money and tried to make fools out of sensitive good people who are his reading audience.

    I am still glad I read the book: some stories and facts and possible justifications given are thought provoking to me, but I ended up evaluating this book with one star, because I found it unfair that such a great and talented author deliberately (IMHO) disappointed the audience for what I can only believe would be money.

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    zack 06-03-14
    zack 06-03-14 Member Since 2012
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    What did you like best about David and Goliath? What did you like least?

    First half of the book was O.K. in the second half he struggled to weave together the ideas.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Malcolm Gladwell again?

    Yes, I love Gladwell's writing.


    How could the performance have been better?

    This performance seemed strained in comparison to his better books.


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    Absentmindedprof 06-01-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Classic Gladwell"
    What made the experience of listening to David and Goliath the most enjoyable?

    I expect to learn or to have my preconceptions changed after reading M Gladwell. He did it again.


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

    The two most memorable discussions were about the methods of warfare and reasons for David's defeat of Goliath as well as the psychological effects of London bombing. I


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The description of Goliath's size and likely medical condition fit perfectly


    Any additional comments?

    Ii look forward to M. Gladwell's next book

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    Irene Keller, TX, United States 05-29-14
    Irene Keller, TX, United States 05-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    If you could sum up David and Goliath in three words, what would they be?

    Don't expect a deep long examination into how the underdogs win. Expect what Mr. Gladwell has been giving us with his books - fun, short interesting stories tied together that make you say you hmmm. The things he relates are always different ways to see things, thought provoking ways, ways I certainly hadn't thought of.

    I always enjoy his books and run to get the latest one. This one did not disappoint.


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

    I suppose it would be the title story - David fighting Goliath differently than Goliath would have expected - from afar. That could be why the tale is that he won by a slingshot swing. Goliath couldn't swing fists that far.


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

    Yes. The content and stories were captivating in this way.

    It's makeup, though, is one that allows you to break when you need to. I read audiobooks while walking my dog so it makes it easy to break when my walks are over. Since I have three books going at any one time - an audio, a paper, and an electronic, I need to be able to break my audiobook quickly, at the end of my walks.

    So, although I could listen all at one time, I didn't.


    Any additional comments?

    I always enjoy a Gladwell book. It is one that, for me borders on my category of "fluff." That is said in the kindest possible way.

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    Linlithgow, United Kingdom
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    "Loved it"
    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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