- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Allen Lane (3 Oct. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846145813
- ISBN-13: 978-1846145810
- Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3.2 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants Hardcover – 3 Oct 2013
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When you read it, you feel like you can topple giants (Jon Ronson)
I devoured it in a single reading, being a Gladwell addict for many years (Richard E. Grant)
His most accessible book ... A Scheherazade for our time, talking to keep us going and make us think (Gaby Wood Daily Telegraph)
His best yet ... intoxicating, powerful ... more socially and morally engaged than his previous work (Oliver Burkeman Guardian)
A pleasure (Tim Adams Observer)
Lovely ... as with most of Gladwell's books he had me at hello - the initial thesis is simply irresistible (Leah McLaren Globe and Mail)
Truly intriguing and inspiring ... unforgettable (Hector Tobar Los Angeles Times)
As always, Gladwell's sweep is breathtaking and thought-provoking ... I've long admired Gladwell's work (Joe Nocera The New York Times)
Fascinating ... Gladwell is a master of synthesis. This perennially bestselling author prides himself on radical re-thinking and urges the rest of us to follow suit (Heller McAlpin Washington Post)
David and Goliath readers will travel with colorful characters who overcame great difficulties and learn fascinating facts about the Battle of Britain, cancer medicine and the struggle for civil rights, to name just a few topics upon which Mr. Gladwell's wide-ranging narrative touches. This is an entertaining book (Christopher F. Chabris Wall Street Journal)
What propels the book, like all of Gladwell's writing, is his intoxicating brand of storytelling. He is the master of mixing familiar elements with surprise counter-intuitions, and then seasoning with a sprinkling of scientific evidence ... Gladwell is a master craftsman, an outlier amongst authors (Rob Brooks Huffington Post)
Malcolm Gladwell's David and Goliath, an energetic, counterintuitive exploration of why (and how) underdogs succeed, and how disabilities, traumatic childhoods, and other seeming lacks can sometimes trump power (Guardian, Books of the Year 2013)
About the Author
Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, and author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What The Dog Saw.
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There's a circle of scientific hell set aside for those who build their theses from anecdotes and artfully chosen evidence. However, people love anecdotes and when skilfully done it can bamboozle the critical faculties of the audience like a well rehearsed magic trick. The problem is, in David and Goliath, the patter seems a bit more forced, Gladwell fluffs the shuffle and we can, quite clearly, see a dove's head poking out of his sleeve and cooing insistently.
The anecdotes drag out a bit too long, to the extent that you start to wonder not only what the point is, but whether there's a point at all. Sometimes the point is separated so distantly from the anecdote that a quick flick back through the book is necessary. When that happens, the author has lost control and the effect falls to pieces. Gladwell relies so heavily on effect rather than a coherent argument that if we don't buy into it completely, we don't buy into it at all.
That's not to say that there's nothing in the book worth reading. There are some excellent paradoxical nuggets of insight and he still has a knack for taking something familiar - like the story of David and Goliath, which opens the book - and giving you a whole new way of looking at it. He also has a collection of stories about people that are fascinating in their own right.
So, yes, there are high points scattered through the book, but the whole seems half finished as if he didn't have the time to properly gather his thoughts together before committing them to the printer.
Overall, if you're looking for a fun read buy this book, but if you're looking to learn the "art of battling giants", this isn't going to do it. And since that's part of the title, this book only earns 2-stars.
Malcolm Gladwell is an excellent writer who knows how to tell a story and although much of what he says is known he manages to entertain and intrigue readers to the extent that we don’t even notice we are walking the trodden track.
The author starts with the premise that the advantages are invented term - we are taught to see some ability or characteristic as good or beneficial, trying to gather or obtain it as much as possible in order to feel more capable and valuable not thinking that at some point what we consider the advantage (such as earning large amounts of money) at some point can become our nightmare since we became the target of thieves, our lives became more public and we don’t have the ability to be what we are, but what all others expect from us that we are.
He continues with another lesson that some disadvantage may eventually become our advantage, either in a way that is commonly called positive discrimination - for example when you are born with some disability you’ll receive in many things a right of priority - or unusual statistical regularity that people who suffer from medical conditions such as dyslexia are still becoming successful because their condition forced them to develop their other abilities to compensate reading problems that eventually led them to be successful.Read more ›
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I've read many of Gladwell's other books, I enjoyed them and I learnt from them. I definitely can't say the same for this one. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Made in Loughgiel
hugely interesting read, with some great viewpoints and stories in - would always recommend MGPublished 19 days ago by Richard Moss
I really enjoyed the writing style of this book. Easy to read, insight, historical and culturally relevant. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Kindle Customer
Amazing book. His best yet. Highly readable - informative, entertaining & inspiring. I have enjoyed all of Gladwell's books - this is superb. Read morePublished 1 month ago by CB UK
Very readable. I very much enjoyed the actual David and Goliath story and I learnt something about Basketball. That is the positives out of the way. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Occam's shaver
I would not put this book in same scale as of his other books like Tipping Point, Outlier etc. but nevertheless this a great book! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mobi
Another good read from Malcolm Gladwell again. Some intriguing points though it does feel, as with other books, he is finding facts to fit his theories and not the other way... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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