David And Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, And The Art Of Battling Giants by Malcolm GladwellDavid And Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, And The Art Of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell

David And Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, And The Art Of Battling Giants

byMalcolm Gladwell

Hardcover | October 1, 2013

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Malcolm Gladwell, the #1 bestselling author ofThe Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers,andWhat 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. Heshouldn'thave won.

Or should he have?

InDavid and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwellchallenges 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 therealstory of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago. From there,David and Goliathexamines 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,OutliersandWhat the Dog Saw---David and Goliathdraws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think of the world around us.
Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer atTheNew Yorkersince 1996. He is the author ofThe Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers,andWhat the Dog Saw.Prior to joiningThe New Yorker,he was a reporter at theWashington Post.Gladwell was born in England and grew up in rural Ontario. He now lives in New York.
Title:David And Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, And The Art Of Battling GiantsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 1 inPublished:October 1, 2013Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316204366

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from David and Goliath Interesting and insightful. A positive spin on often assumed shortcomings. I will read more from Gladwell.
Date published: 2015-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reinforced my beliefs Gladwell does another brilliant job of exploring the events to prove his position. If ever there was a book that convinced you that you can find advantages in situations that others find hopeless, this is it!
Date published: 2015-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! This was great!
Date published: 2014-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The weak aren't always weak While I enjoyed this book I found it hard to always buy into the argument that the powerful aren't always what they appear. Gladwell may have a point about the curve, but it gets warped and woven through the stories and seems unrecognizable by the end. Especially poignant for me was the Candace Dersken story as I was the same age & it occurred in the Mennonite community. How to forgive in that circumstance I don't understand, but God, who gave David courage to face Goliath, certainly strengthened the Derksens to forgive Candace's killer.
Date published: 2014-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reader Well written chapters.
Date published: 2014-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Informative Very informative without going into indebt history. I was impressed with the contributions of so many different individuals and how it impacted on every day life.
Date published: 2014-06-21
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 Another good book Great book, excellent stories. Gladwell really does his homework.
Date published: 2014-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from David and Goliath This book opens my eyes to the situation in every inclusive classroom today. We are called to NOT compare and contrast. What may appear to be an advantage may in fact become a hindrance. What may appear to be a handicap may be the defining characteristic to accomplishment. From the autistic child, the child with Down Syndrome or the child with an exceptional memory, this book helped me to understand even more deeply the truth that all human life comes with Spirit and Character. All human life has a purpose, and we are all invited to seek out our passions. What may be perceived as inevitable, good or bad, may only be a smoke screen. The fulfillment of our lives comes from being true to our selves.
Date published: 2014-01-09
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 A very good and knowledgable read. A collection of very good observations about why the underdogs win. Gave me a different perspective to look at things differently.
Date published: 2013-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful read Very inspirational. At times it left tearing up and I don't cry. As a a manager and parent theory of desirable difficulties and the probable advantages of being a big fish in a small pond were particularly illuminating.
Date published: 2013-11-12
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

Editorial Reviews

"In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell explores the dynamics that inform and effect our everyday lives. By analyzing the Biblical account of the clash between David and Goliath, Gladwell presents a bold new interpretation of the lessons we should apply from it." ---Today Show