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Book Summary, Review & Analysis: David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants (A Summary, Review & Analysis) Paperback – 18 Dec 2013

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  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (18 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1494410311
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494410315
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 984,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Great Summary! 29 Nov. 2013
By Stephanie Richert - Published on
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I've read every book by Malcolm Gladwell, and he's definitely one of my favorite authors. Gladwell is very good at breaking down academic concepts or complex ideas into simple language that is both entertaining and intellectually stimulating. Anyways, when I bought David and Goliath, I saw this analysis also. My first thought was: what's the point? I'm going to buy the book and read it no matter what, because it's a Malcolm Gladwell book, so why would I need a summary like this? But then I figured, what the heck, it's just a few bucks, why not give it a try. So after reading the first 4 parts of David and Goliath (up through the focus on dyslexia), I started going through this summary to sort of review. It does a solid job of reviewing the key content; it helps drill all the big ideas into your head. So that aspect of it is pretty good in my opinion, but not entirely necessary if you have a good memory. But the most useful part in my opinion is the analysis and commentary, which adds a bit of flavor and outside ideas that Gladwell himself doesn't discuss. The questions raised about the "desirable difficulties" faced by prison inmates provides a fascinating back-and-forth perspective. There are two sides to this argument over the benefits attained by an underdog or "misfit" status. But this summary didn't have quite as much of this deeper analysis in the chapter sections as I would have liked. I think it would have been better to mix more of the analysis and commentary into the chapter sections. But that said, there is a nice balance overall between "summary" and "commentary." I'd give the writing a 4.5 star rating, the analysis 4 to 5 stars, but the summary portion maybe just 3.5 stars. Overall, it's worth the price if you're a Gladwell fan like myself.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The audio reader a computer (or seems to be) 23 Dec. 2013
By Richard Sherman - Published on
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Monotone reading, takes away from the book, actually looked at other audio books to see if they were the same and they are not they seem to have real people as readers, with enthusiasm.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Don't buy - no depth nor details for reader 1 Mar. 2014
By tokyotim - Published on
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Don't buy - it's a horrible read with minimal details and no depth. Gladwell's books are an easy read and the themes are more fully developed.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Overall a good summary 5 Dec. 2013
By rebekah - Published on
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This novel definitely has its advantages and its disadvantages, just as it has it’s points and it’s downsides. I’m a rather particular reader and it takes quite a great amount of effort, or skill, or originality to capture my attention. Interestingly enough, Gladwell makes me spark an interest, and I have to say he made many great points that caused me to think. This summary was great because it was rather concise in it's points and details, which is something a lot of finicky readers will appreciate. This summary overall, did a pretty good job at surmising Gladwell's points and describing them to the reader in a believable and understandable form.

Particularly in Chapter 4, Gladwell touches on the concept of different learning techniques and makes a really solid point in proving the case that it is not true that those who are at a disadvantage or under a handicap are not capable of achieving the success of extraordinarily skilled or even regular people. I agreed with many of the points Gladwell made, and I found the book overall refreshing, however there are some statements that he makes that I feel don’t always compliment other points he makes, and sometimes contradict them. For someone who is a finicky reader who wants to be stimulated, and doesn’t mind disagreeing at a few points with the author; this book is for you. It’s a great choice to readers who are open to other opinions and like to contemplate.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I expected longer summaries for each chapter 20 Mar. 2014
By sheila Black - Published on
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Summaries were obvious conclusions without much connection to book as a whole. The cost of the summary also seemed high for what it provided.
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