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5.0 out of 5 stars Remember it can be much better for you to be a big fish at a ...
Gladwell writes as well as ever and the chapters offer really engaging vignettes - and it's very enjoyable reading.

As to the content of course it's memorable. In playing sport adapt tour strategy to your skills. Remember class sizes can be too small as well as too large. Remember it can be much better for you to be a big fish at a second tier university than...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't quite pull it off
Gladwell has a formula: he picks a grand thesis - in this case that what are ordinarily perceived of as disadvantages might not be wholly negative - and then carefully arranges around it anecdotes of such simple humanity that one is forced, between dabbing the tears away and spontaneous rounds of applause, to swallow the damn thing whole.

There's a circle of...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 July 2014
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Another great book from Malcom
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read., 10 July 2014
Fast delivery and excellent quality. Amazing book that ended too quickly!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent study that is a credit to the adruous work ..., 5 July 2014
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An excellent study that is a credit to the adruous work of Gladwell. It is a must read about how the vested interests of big business shapes state policies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Negatives and positives, 21 Jun 2014
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Tim Roast (UK) - See all my reviews
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Malcolm Gladwell's "David and Goliath" is about perceived advantages and disadvantages, and how they may not be all that they seem. The points are brought to life using stories of real-life people.

For example the introduction discusses Goliath the giant and how he was felled by the tiny shepherd boy David. We assume Goliath, because he is big and dressed as a warrior, will win the battle but really the weapons used, plus other things, put him at a disadvantage, as evident from the outcome of the bout.

Then we get into the book proper with a chapter looking at a youth basketball coach doing things unconventionally to great effect despite the fact the team has not the best players.

Other chapters of the book look at:

* whether smaller class sizes are better
* whether being a small fish in a big pond, e.g. a great institution like a top university, is better than being a big fish in a smaller pond
* whether dyslexia is a disadvantage or a desirable difficulty
* how losing a parent at a young age, a traumatic experience, can lead to a different, possibly advantageous outlook in life later
* how when you have nothing to lose you can have unexpected power
* and so on.

All the while this is told through people's real stories, some of which are really touching like the way leukaemia used to mean certain death for the kids who had it, but thanks to pioneers is now a treatable cancer.

Overall then this is a readable book that gets you thinking about things differently, although the focus is on the positive attributes rather than the negative, e.g. dyslexia and how one third of entrepreneurs are dyslexic with only a brief mention how kids with dyslexia are more likely to end up in the juvenile system. Also at the end the same idea seems to be presented multiple times. But a good read nonetheless.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful Read, 19 Jun 2014
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What an insightful read with diverse perspectives and fascinating examples leading the reader to logical conclusions. Definitely a book every decision maker should read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants is a great book by a great author, 17 Jun 2014
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Christopher J. Cowen (glenville, PA) - See all my reviews
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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants is a great book by a great author who really knows how to tell a story. I loved this book and his previous work Outliers. This book tells the story of the underdog but with a twist. The underdog does win many times and the author Malcolm Gladwell shows exactly how the underdog wins more often than you think. The title was not picked because it was catching instead the author shows you how David was able to beat Goliath. There is a method to the madness with why misfits and underdogs succeed. I think you will love this book and I would definitely recommend it.

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5.0 out of 5 stars David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants is a great book by a great author, 17 Jun 2014
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Christopher J. Cowen (glenville, PA) - See all my reviews
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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants is a great book by a great author who really knows how to tell a story. I loved this book and his previous work Outliers. This book tells the story of the underdog but with a twist. The underdog does win many times and the author Malcolm Gladwell shows exactly how the underdog wins more often than you think. The title was not picked because it was catching instead the author shows you how David was able to beat Goliath. There is a method to the madness with why misfits and underdogs succeed. I think you will love this book and I would definitely recommend it.

Thank you for reading my review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thinks outside the box, 9 Jun 2014
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Why Bad is Good, 7 Jun 2014
Ever since Michael Jackson's Bad, I have always believed that competitive disadvantage is actually an advantage. Who better to beat the odds than an under-rated underdog? It does happen, and Malcolm Gladwell is just the many to tell you why.

It's all Avis - we try harder. You underestimate us. We creatively destruct the normal and establish the new normal. For most of this entertaining romp through underdogism, Gladwell gleefully demonstrates how people with dyslexia, for example, develop coping strategies to survive and ultimately, out-perform the odds. This is just like his other books, a one idea book, and yet he carries it off, like a pop scientist version of Michael Lewis, who does much the same job on economics. A populist with a decidedly sharp brain and spectacular instinct for the popular jugular, Gladwell excels at this kind of tale, having tackled viral communication, gut feel, learning through doing, and now being a bit different and underestimated.

Great for 200 pages, it wears thin at the end - in fact goes off point - as all his books seem to do - but it is nevertheless, a worthwhile addition to the Gladwell cannon. Just don't expect depth or profundity, and you're good to go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent Read, 27 May 2014
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This was a great book, giving the "other side of the coin" and revealing strategies to overcome and succeed during adversity.
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