David and Goliath

David and Goliath

Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

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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.
Publisher: [New York] : Hachette Audio, [2013]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781478980469
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (07 hr., 32 sec.)) : digital
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acardona305 Nov 19, 2017

Malcolm Gladwell applies the story of David and Goliath to many recent situations in society where the underdog uses unconventional tactics to come out on top. The book begins with many stories that can be considered shocking, given the great lengths some of these well-known individuals went to. The stories open your eyes to the possibility that breaking convention more often not can lead to success given the right circumstances. A good read but much of the book's impact wanes in the third part of the book.

Oct 29, 2017

I used to watch cartoons because the little guys beat the big guys.
Now Gladwell tells me that the little guy can overcome his Goliath if he thinks unconventionally. He also provides examples of accepted thought that is just wrong.

The trick is to realize when to dig deeper and when to reject group think. I enjoyed the book.

Sep 03, 2017

"David and Goliath," by Gladwell will make you think - and that is why I like it. I think Gladwell takes some of his suppositions a little too far with very little support, but I also think that he would want you, even encourage you, to be a critical reader. Goliath may have been at a disadvantage to David's mobility and deadly sling, but I would guess that young David was shaking in his sandals. He is still an underdog hero to me.

Feb 09, 2017

I always feel I benefit from reading a Malcom Gladwell book. He definitely makes one take a look at long held beliefs that don't hold up under scrutiny. Most likely this one will need an updated version in a few years (4 to 8 to be exact)!

Jun 29, 2016

So the book has some interesting stories, especially early on. For example, choosing where to go college was an interesting idea. I remember reading the story on the basketball team before, which is good. The book gets less interesting toward the end. But the book does show a couple interesting ways of looking at things.

Jun 18, 2016

This was difficult material to read at times (dark and disturbing), but very interesting and insightful. The research that went into David and Goliath's famous battle is fascinating! Gladwell proves that good things can indeed come from bad.

Jun 05, 2016

As an individual that struggles with mental illness, conceptualizing an enjoyable future, and feeling less than competent against all the odds, this book has definitely shifted the focus and shed some light on many of life's unexpected occurrences. Although I found myself disappointed in the discovery that - in comparison to one of Malcom Gladwell's other books, Blink - I was not actively applying the intelligence to my own conscious mind, I still walked away with several insights. Even if you are not interested in psychology and the intricacies of human existence, the thought provoking stories and perspectives depicted in David & Goliath provides an over-arching theme of self-empowerment despite adversity.

May 09, 2016

Malcolm Gladwell does it again. This book deals with confusion about power dynamics, specifically our false albeit commonly held perceptions of how wealth, brute strength, and status factor into power (and, in fact, are weaknesses instead). This book is well structured. My only complaint? Simply not long enough. I'm always left wanting more from Gladwell and it (understandably) takes him ever so long to write another. Can't wait for whatever he's writing next. I highly recommend DAVID AND GOLIATH to everyone, as well as his previous bestsellers OUTLIERS, THE TIPPING POINT, and BLINK.

Feb 11, 2016

A fascinating perspective on winning and losing - not to mention what really is a weakness and what really is a strength. Great perspectives for teachers/educators as well as law enforcement agencies and political groups like Black Lives Matter.

Jan 26, 2016

Disappointing. Suspect pressure by publisher for Gladwell to produce. Disconnected and poorly framed arguments that seemed to have more agenda than insight. Thought well of Tipping Point, but regretted the time I invested in reading this beyond the first chapter.

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May 19, 2015

“We have become obsessed with what is good about small classrooms and oblivious about what also can be good about large classes. It’s a strange thing isn't it, to have an educational philosophy that thinks of the other students in the classroom with your child as competitors for the attention of the teacher and not allies in the adventure of learning.”

May 19, 2015

“Giants are not what we think they are. The same qualities that appear to give them strength are often the sources of great weakness.”

Apr 08, 2015

When people in authority want the rest of us to behave, it matters – first and foremost – how _they_ behave.


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May 19, 2015

A really insightful vision of the benefits and disadvantages of being a small fish in a big pond, or of the opposite.


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