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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants Hardcover – Large Print, October 15, 2013
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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 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 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.
"In the vast world of nonfiction writing, Malcolm Gladwell is as close to a singular talent as exists today...Outliers is a pleasure to read and leaves you mulling over its inventive theories for days afterward."―David Leonhardt, New York Times Book Review
"The explosively entertaining Outliers might be Gladwell's best and most useful work yet...There are both brilliant yarns and life lessons here: Outliers is riveting science, self-help, and entertainment, all in one book."―Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly
"No other book I read this year combines such a distinctive prose style with truly thought-provoking content. Gladwell writes with a high degree of dazzle but at the same time remains as clear and direct as even Strunk or White could hope for."―Atlanta Journal Constitution
"[An] important new book...Gladwell intelligently captures a larger tendency of thought-the growing appreciation of the power of cultural patterns, social contagions, memes...Gladwell's social determinism is a useful corrective to the Homo economicus view of human nature."―David Brooks, New York Times
"Thought-provoking, entertaining, and irresistibly debatable...[Outliers] is another winner from this agile social observer."―Heller McAlpin, Christian Science Monitor
"Outliers is required reading for boardroom and watercooler crowds alike."―Men's Health
"In Outliers, Gladwell (The Tipping Point) once again proves masterful in a genre he essentially pioneered-the book that illuminates secret patterns behind everyday phenomena."―Publishers Weekly
Praise for The Tipping Point
"A fascinating book that makes you see the world in a different way."―Fortune
"Gladwell's theories could be used to run businesses more effectively, to turn products into runaway bestsellers, and perhaps most important, to alter human behavior."―New York Times
Praise for Blink
"A real pleasure...Brims with surprising insights about our world and ourselves."―Salon.com
"Intoxicating".Gladwell is an engaging writer and a first-rate tour guide.?―Thane Rosenbaum, Los Angeles Times
"BLINK moves quickly through a series of delightful stories?.Always dazzling us with fascinating information and phenomena."―David Brooks, New York Times Book Review
About the Author
- Publisher : Little, Brown and Company; Large type / Large print edition (October 15, 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 528 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316239852
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316239851
- Item Weight : 1.32 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 1.75 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #48,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on June 23, 2022
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The two main points I took away from this book:
•too much of any good thing will lead to a bad thing (and vice versa).
•I would much rather be a big fish in a small pond than be a small fish in a large pond.
^Read the book to find out why. I recommend this for anyone.
My absolutely favorite part of the book was this discussion on desirable difficulties. I have had ADHD my entire life and although I struggle with it, it has also been a blessing.
The way that Malcolm discussed desirable difficulties, such as ADHD was so incredibly validating. Absolutely love this book. Thank You!!
By Victoria Andre King on June 23, 2022
Gladwell does a great job capturing plenty of true stories of people with disadvantages, or in disadvantageous situations. The first three chapters focus on redefining our situations, followed by the next three which are cause-and-effect relationships (how our disadvantages shape our lives for advantages), followed by more chapters of redefining disadvantages through questioning what real power looks like. Gladwell does a good job of interweaving these stories with data such as charts and graphs, as well as historical data to defend his main idea. Although Gladwell makes great points, you might find his story-telling to become redundant. You begin to understand where the stories are going and get used to Gladwell’s style early on in the reading. This is to be expected since Gladwell is a well-known journalist; for he collects his thoughts thoroughly and uses a set format to write his stories. Only once did I find myself questioning Gladwell’s sources, and that was on his information about Goliath’s health. He only quotes one source and uses that source heavily to prove the point that Goliath had an illness in his brain that made him big and made his movements slow. Other than that, I appreciated his use of sources.
Overall, this book is well worth reading as it can change your thinking for the better. Advantages have disadvantages, but disadvantages present the opportunity to discover new-found advantages. This is a positive message to put any underdog on top in all kinds of negative circumstances. Everyone faces giants in life. Like Goliath, those giants call us out to battle with them on their terms, but we don’t have to meet those giants on their terms. Normally when we do, we lose. Rather, we can find strengths in the greatest of weaknesses, and opportunities in all kinds of situations that turn disadvantages upside-down.
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The stories are inspiring. The earlier chapters bring out the success of people/leaders who struggled with their learning disabilities, such as dyslexia. Yet, they changed the facet of their environment to their advantage. These are good motivating developments.
I would like to know the struggles or the learning opportunities that these people had that led them to success. Did David learn how to kill with a staff and sling from a Sifu? How long did David take to learn that?
The premise that the small can take on the big and mighty and win in today's fast paced and rapidly changing world is compelling. But his book fails to inspire and that is a disappointment. The premise had been well laid out early in the book and I expected it to progress to great current day learnings but the entire book labours a point that most readers will get and agree with early on. Gladwell would then have done better to show the learnings and pitfalls of the analogy rather than spending chapter after chapter proving a point that had already been proven.
Some good stories, well written and easy to read but could've delivered so much more. A decent book but from Gladwell I expected something more.
3 1/2 stars.
Drawing on examples from education, policing, civil rights, and much else the book provides numerous anecdotes as well as statistical evidence to show that inverse U shaped curves apply to the effectiveness of most fields of human activity.
I thouroughly enjoyed this book, although there is not much that is revelatory, and read it in just one day
I particularly loved the description of the David and Goliath story, it was told so vividly, I could see it in my minds eye, it made sense and created a series of paradigm shifts in my head regarding the way I have heard the story in the past.
I will read this again and again, just like watching a good film, to spot the subtle nuggets I may have missed on my first reading.