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

by Malcolm Gladwell

Little, Brown And Company | October 1, 2013 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants is rated 4 out of 5 by 3.
Malcolm Gladwell, the #1 bestselling 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 <_st13a_city _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">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 bestsellers---The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw---David and Goliath draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think of the world around us.

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: October 1, 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316204382

ISBN - 13: 9780316204385

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting look at the Underdog This book turned out to be something different than what I was thinking it was going to be.  For some reason I thought it was going to be a indepth study of the biblical story of  David and Goliath but that was my error for not reading the description closely enough.  While the author has started off with the story of David and Goliath he uses that as the diving board to explore many other aspects and more current stories of what the world would call underdogs rising above their circumstances and stations in life to accomplish the seemingly impossible.   I did find the exploration of the underdog very interesting.  By going into other true to life stories the author takes a look at what we as a society define as handicaps, disabilities and disadvantages and how certain groups and individuals have taken that and turned it around into a victory.  Because non-fiction is always more challenging to me it took me a little longer to make it through to the end but I'm glad I was persistent with it.  Some of the statistics in the book did bog me down but the book is not over done with them.  The questions and arguments the author stated did challenge my thinking and made for some good conversations.  I found it very interesting that the author has been quoted in interviews as saying that in writing the book it has started him on journey back to his own Christian faith roots.
Date published: 2014-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gladwell Keeps Rolling! Another great book by Malcolm Gladwell revolving around the concept that perceived disadvantages can in reality actually be advantages. Using the Biblical story of David Goliath, Gladwell expands on his thesis using the examples of the Civil Rights Movement, dyslexics, crime and punishment, Northern Ireland etc... Thoroughly enjoyable!
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Good, Not Great Having read Malcolm Gladwell's other works, and being completely blown away by Blink, The Tipping Point, Outliers and What the Dog Saw, I suppose I was waiting for a somewhat similarly mind-blowing experience. I was only satisfied. It was written well, his theories are definitely compelling, and yet, I had felt all the while reading the book that I had already been on this same journey of discovery...maybe I'm just simply used to his style and didn't find it refreshing. If this is a first for you, however, it should be a truly exciting read!
Date published: 2013-10-01

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

by Malcolm Gladwell

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: October 1, 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316204382

ISBN - 13: 9780316204385

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Malcolm Gladwell, the #1 bestselling 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 <_st13a_city _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">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 bestsellers---The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw---David and Goliath draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think of the world around us.
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