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

Hardcover | October 1, 2013

byMalcolm Gladwell

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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.

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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 ancientPalestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and a sling, and ever since then the names of Dav...

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.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 1 inPublished:October 1, 2013Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316204366

ISBN - 13:9780316204361

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"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