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David and Goliath

Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
Gladwell, Malcolm (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
David and Goliath


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This book uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty and the powerful and the dispossessed. In it the author 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. He begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy (David and Goliath) those many years ago. From there, the book 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. -- From book jacket.
Authors: Gladwell, Malcolm, 1963-
Title: David and Goliath
underdogs, misfits, and the art of battling giants
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: ix, 305 pages :,illustrations ;,21 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: Goliath : "Am I a dog that you should come to me with sticks?"
The Advantages of Disadvantages (and the Disadvantages of Advantages). Vivek Ranadivé: "It was really random. I mean, my father had never played basketball before." ; Teresa DeBrito: "My largest class was twenty-nine kids. Oh, it was fun." ; Caroline Sacks: "If I'd gone to the University of Maryland, I'd still be in science.
The Theory of Desirable Difficulty. David Boies: You wouldn't wish dyslexia on your child. Or would you? ; Emil "Jay" Freireich: "How Jay did it, I don't know." ; Wyatt Walker: "De rabbit is de slickest o' all de animals de Lawd ever made."
The Limits of Power. Rosemary Lawlor: "I wasn't born that way. This was forced upon me." ; Wilma Derksen: "We have all done something dreadful in our lives, or have felt the urge to." ; André Trocmé: "We feel obliged to tell you that there are among us a certain number of Jews."
Summary: This book uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty and the powerful and the dispossessed. In it the author 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. He begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy (David and Goliath) those many years ago. From there, the book 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. -- From book jacket.
ISBN: 9780316204361
0316204366
Statement of Responsibility: Malcolm Gladwell
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Motivation (Psychology) Struggle Psychological aspects Opportunity Success PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology
Topical Term: Motivation (Psychology)
Struggle
Opportunity
Success
PSYCHOLOGY Social Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY Applied Psychology
LCCN: 2013032014
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Report This Mar 13, 2014
  • GLNovak rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I was looking forward to reading this new book of Gladwell's, but found it to be less successful than his others. He is an engaging writer with a good flow that carries you nicely through his reasoning. That said, I felt he was reaching a bit at times. What he does best is getting you to think outside the box, to question why and maybe also why. Once you start thinking this way you sometimes have new and surprising insights. Pop psychology/sociology applied to life situations is always interesting, and because of that, Gladwell will always have an audience. Love his name, too - so upbeat.

Report This Jan 23, 2014
  • lmcshane rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

StarGladiator - I would agree - while the book takes case examples and tries to make a strategy to change up power structures - it is too cursory. I was particularly disturbed and confused about the correlations drawn in chapter on dyslexia, David Boies and Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn.

Report This Jan 18, 2014
  • StarGladiator rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Warning: Malcolm does it again! I would urge anyone, either before or after reading this book, to do some serious research on lawyer David Boies (who lost big against Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Ted Olson in "Bush v. Gore", where the Supreme Court held that the right of Americans to vote was unconstitutional) and IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad (do a survey of Swedish newspapers/magazines and Kamprad's old Nazi connections). My opinion is that Gladwell is an unlicensed pop sociologist whose serious research is lacking.

Report This Jan 13, 2014
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This Jan 11, 2014
  • SWSmith5547 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Outstanding and remarkable! Classic Gladwell, yet fresh compared to his other works. Much to glean and use.

Report This Nov 22, 2013
  • ksoles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I always look forward to a new book by Malcolm Gladwell; he consistently provides readers with awe-inspiring stories, profound insights and provocative ideas. Though some chapters piqued my interest more than others, overall "David and Goliath" successfully engages with its meditations on the archetypal battle between underdogs and top dogs. Gladwell begins with a recap of the legendary tale of David and Golliath, introducing his main theme: some perceived disadvantages have unsung advantages while perceived advantages encompass overlooked disadvantages. An early chapter about a gritty middle school girl's basketball team contains intimations of a self-help manual but, when the author moves to an explanation of why being a being a big fish in a small pond predicts high achievement better than being a little fish in a big pond, it becomes clear that Gladwell's interest extends beyond simple templates for success. The book probes into the nature of the underdog and tells the stories of fascinating and amazingly accomplished people: lawyer David Boies, IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad and leukaemia researcher Jay Freireich to name a few. It shows that stereotypical handicaps like learning disabilities and deprived childhoods can require a person to adapt to the world in ways that later give him/her the upper hand in professional life. Contrarily, those who have sailed through childhood enjoying every good fortune often become less well-equipped to deal with life’s inevitable challenges.

Report This Nov 21, 2013
  • sbkaur rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Many interesting ideas but not as well written as his other works. The pace and vigour petered out by mid-point.

Report This Nov 06, 2013
  • SirWhiskers rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Gladwell is a consummate storyteller, and this book is no exception. That said, the premise simply didn't require a 300 page book. Not bad, but also not his best effort.

Report This Oct 14, 2013
  • bbb1771 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Gladwell's best book to date.

Report This Sep 24, 2013
  • franzkafka rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Another masterpiece.

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Report This Oct 31, 2013
  • sbkaur rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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