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Perceptive and surprising, Gladwell's new book illuminates the concepts of obstacles and adversity through moving and provocative stories. Demonstrating the unexpected or overlooked advantages to being disadvantaged, Gladwell once again offers an engaging and enlightening reinterpretation of a common perception.
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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 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 SawDavid and Goliath draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think of the world around us.

About the Author

Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996. Prior to that, he was a reporter at the Washington Post. Gladwell was born in England and grew up in rural Ontario. He lives in New York.

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writermala, May 31, 2014 (view all comments by writermala)
If I thought this was going to be an elaboration of the David and Goliath story I was mistaken. It was much more than that. Gladwell uses the story as a stating point to prove his premise that the "underdog" can oftentimes be the "Favorite." He uses examples of a School Basketball coach, the Civil Rights Movement, the conflict in Northern Ireland, an Oncologist, a couple of dyslexia sufferers, all to prove that adversity can be overcome and in fact used to achieve remarkable results. I was hooked right from Chapter 1, and stayed tuned till the very end. I agree with the author that "The powerful are not as powerful as they seem - nor the weak as weak."
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Schmuckatelli, December 20, 2013 (view all comments by Schmuckatelli)
Meanwhile, back on the Kabutz...
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librariphile, October 27, 2013 (view all comments by librariphile)
There were times when I felt like Gladwell was cherry-picking scenarios to make his case about underdogs, but that didn't really take away from the enjoyment I got reading this book. It really surprised me how many times he described scenarios that happened to other people that I could relate to -- and now understand from a different perspective. I enjoyed Blink! and Tipping Point and look forward to the next thoughtful challenge he poses to an ordinary way of thinking.
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ISBN:
9780316204361
Subtitle:
Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
Author:
Gladwell, Malcolm
Publisher:
Little Brown and Company
Subject:
Psychology : General
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Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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