David and Goliath

David and Goliath

Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

Large Print - 2013
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Explore the power of the underdog in Malcolm Gladwell's dazzling examination of success, motivation, and the role of adversity in shaping our lives.
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 Saw--- David and Goliath draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think of the world around us.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company Large Print Edition,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316239851
Branch Call Number: LGPRINT 155.24 Gladwell 10/2013
Characteristics: x, 512 pages (large print) ;,21 cm


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The race may not always be to the swift, nor the battle to the strong—but that's the way to bet.

Jul 02, 2019

Loved this and all of the interesting anecdotes.

Mar 24, 2019

Malcolm Gladwell offers an entirely different perspective to how disadvantages should be seen. Although some others had seen his writing biased or nebulous, that does not take away that fact that he surely knows how to tell a compelling story and make you relate to it. This book shows you that there is more than one way to realize your strongest skills even when it seems unlikely.

Dec 28, 2018

Ohio State 2018 list: https://www.osu.edu/alumni/news/ohio-state-alumni-magazine/issues/summer-2018/10-books-to-add-to-your-summer-reading-list.html

Aug 13, 2018

It's more malcolm being malcolm. Not science- just Gladwell ranting, which is fun. Some of his ideas you'll have thought of, some probably not.
I was glad to see a reminder of the if-you're-#20-you'll-try-a-LOT-harder dynamic. There are some fun examples.
If you like this kind of thing you won't really care of what excuse he comes up with to rant more. Or look for him to prove a contention, because he never did, does, or will do.

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.

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 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.

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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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