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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
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on 15 July 2014
I love Malcolm Gladwell books, and this didn't disappoint at all, gripping, interesting and very thought provoking. His books are always easy to digest and he makes economics easy for anyone to understand. Would recommend this if you like outliers and the tipping point both great books!
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on 16 December 2013
When I read the different chapters I felt that the benefits of some of the way out thinking were a bit exaggerated but to be fair to the author he did caveat his views by pointing out that such results were by no means always positive. A fascinating read and to be recommended to all.
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on 28 December 2014
The David and Goliath analogy is used a a canvas to stretch over a series of fascinating tableaux from history; the result is a slightly chaotic and not always coherent romp which I could not put down. It's like being stuck in a bar with a tipsy Noam Chomsky. Charming and compelling.
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on 12 December 2013
I like the Malcolm Gladwell books - he is one of the great "new" thinkers of our time and his books are always interesting - I have read them all - they are very well written and easy to read. Unlike his other books, Outliers for example, where the repetitive examples to illustrate his point were interesting, poignant and factual, this book lacked a little substance and made a few too many sweeping assumptions/generalisations.

Most of the examples used seemed believable enough, however I didn't really like the inclusion of the war in Ireland example - to make claims about how the war in Ireland would have gone had the British army realised the "David and goliath theory", hugely over simplifies what was (and still is) a complex socio-religious situation on a confined island. The book could have perhaps tried to apply itself to a current situation to show how that "should" turn out if the point he is making stands true.

His weakest book so far - but still worth reading and should provide some good food for thought.
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on 9 June 2014
Brilliantly written, thought provoking. If you liked Outliers then you'll love this. I actually thought he could have developed it a little more, especially on the education front. Where do these people go who are small fishes in big ponds? But I loved the book all he same.
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on 18 November 2013
While I enjoyed this book, I was disappointed by how few memorable moments it has compared to, for example, Blink. It felt like a lightweight book, not as focused and rich as I expected, but I did like many bits that it's found motivating.
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on 15 November 2013
As usual, Malcolm Gladwell is one of my favourite authors. He always comes with very interesting ideas and explains things well. I was just a little disappointed in that the book was too short.....but then I always want more of Malcolm Gladwell. :)
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on 11 February 2014
The way the author turns everything on its head and makes you look at things in a completely different way, never ceases to amaze me.
I cannot fully explain my enthusiasm for this book. suffice it to say, my only advice is.... go and read it!!
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on 23 October 2014
The book was quite good, with interesting stories about the Davids and Goliaths in history. The last third of the book seemed to digress from the original thesis, but nevertheless, this book is worth reading, or at least listening on audiobook.
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Did not enjoy this Gladwell book as much as the others - for my money 'Outliers' remains the standout Gladwell book. David and Goliath tries too hard and makes various assumptions that I found difficult to accept. I would not recommend it
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