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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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    QA Newark, NJ, United States 10-23-13
    QA Newark, NJ, United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    I Did not like the book and would like to return. Audio quality is ok.Narration is good. But the book content...not so much.

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    Maggie J Detroit, MI United States 10-22-13
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    "began as David - Ended as Goliath"
    Would you try another book from Malcolm Gladwell and/or Malcolm Gladwell?

    Yes, even though I believe this book is not as strong as I had hoped.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    He stayed on subject but it was very weak from the middle to the end


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was good, clearly spoken with good emphasis


    Do you think David and Goliath needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No . . . just shorten it . . . maybe end it somewhere in the middle


    Any additional comments?

    The beginning of the book is extremely inspirational and sharp - it got my attention quickly - but alas it waned

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    Jocelyn Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 10-22-13
    Jocelyn Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 10-22-13
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    "Gladwell doesn't disappoint"
    What made the experience of listening to David and Goliath the most enjoyable?

    Malcolm Gladwell provides clear analysis of a very human and fascinating issue. Explores the issue of winners and losers considers situations then the "little" man wins against what seem to be "insurmountable odds."


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

    It expands on themes discussed in Blink. I was interested in the number of successful people who suffered loss or great difficulties when they were young.


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

    He is clear and perfectly understandable. He tell a great story for each of the scenarios he provides. He is able to explore the research behind the issues without ever being dull or pedantic.


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

    I did read it in one sitting. I plan to go back a read it again.


    Any additional comments?

    Just fabulous.

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    Terri O. Johnson Eden Prairie, MN 10-22-13
    Terri O. Johnson Eden Prairie, MN 10-22-13 Member Since 2005

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    What made the experience of listening to David and Goliath the most enjoyable?

    Malcolm Gladwell is one of my favorite authors. I was waiting for this new release and found it to be on par with signature insights. I was disappointed that it's only 7 hours long. If felt short. As an undiagnosed dyslexic and parent of a dyslexic, I know first hand the power of determination. I see it in myself and my daughter. Overall a great read!


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

    Story of David and Goliath.


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

    I enjoy his voice, inflection, and compassion.


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    Robin Åhman Spånga, Sweden 10-21-13
    Robin Åhman Spånga, Sweden 10-21-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Not as interesting as previous books"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, but I don't know what. Maybe I would add some more trivia.


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

    No, but I would recommend some of his earlier books, I thought that they were much more interesting.


    What three words best describe Malcolm Gladwell’s performance?

    He is OK


    Did David and Goliath inspire you to do anything?

    Not actually, but it might make me think differently about the big fish in small pond things.


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    Kristopher Calgary, AB, Canada 10-20-13
    Kristopher Calgary, AB, Canada 10-20-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Good but not the best"

    Gladwell is a gifted writer and an exceptional narrator. He brings these talents to bear on his newest book and deliveres a great performance as usual. Unfortunately, the content isn't as strong as a couple of his previous books. The connections between the stories and his overall premise is a bit stretched at times and occasionally difficult to see how they relate.

    Still a good buy however with some solid takeaways and as usual, a new perspective on the world.

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    Frank Norfolk, VA, United States 10-19-13
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    "Gladwell never disappoints"
    Where does David and Goliath rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Gladwells books are always thought provoking and this one makes us think about the underdogs and how they have had success in overcoming their disadvantages. Maybe David should have been favored . Another great Gladwell book


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    Greg Starthmore, AB, Canada 10-18-13
    Greg Starthmore, AB, Canada 10-18-13 Member Since 2005
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    Where does David and Goliath rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best if not the best


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way he weaves his story and how he explores each side of the issue.


    What about Malcolm Gladwell’s performance did you like?

    His vocal inflection makes him a very interesting person to listen to.


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

    Yes


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    Amazon Customer KATY, TX, United States 10-18-13
    Amazon Customer KATY, TX, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Inspirational. Really gives a new perspective."
    Would you listen to David and Goliath again? Why?

    Absolutely. It gave a whole new understanding of how things are very different from what we have come to accept as truths and how the underdog has an equal chance of making it great.


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

    Blink. Most every book by Malcolm Gladwell gives you a new way to look at something we take as fact and realize that there are other alternatives.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he spoke about the struggles of dyslexic individuals with reading became great listeners and how that was such a great asset to the professions they became the top of.


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

    It was profound for me and came at a time in my life when the information was exactly what I needed to hear.


    Any additional comments?

    I find it hard to put his books down. Love, love, love his whole series.

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    It turns out disadvantages don't have to be disadvantageous! Mr. Gladwell gives thought provoking case histories of people who've triumphed over great obstacles in life. I've thoroughly enjoyed Gladwell's previous books and this was no exception. I love that he narrates his books himself. He has a pleasing voice.

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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.

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