- Publisher: Hachette USA (8 May 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316285250
- ISBN-13: 978-0316285254
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.2 x 17.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (223 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,405,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Truly intriguing and inspiring." Hector Tobar, "Los Angeles Times""
"Provocative...."David and Goliath "is a lean, consuming read." John Wilwol, "San Francisco Chronicle ""
"Gladwell's most provocative book yet. "David and Goliath" challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, drawing upon history, psychology, and powerful narrative talent to rethink how we view the world around us and how to deal with the challenges life throws at us." Susanne Jaffe, "Columbus Dispatch""
"In "David and Goliath", Malcolm Gladwell explores the dynamics that inform and effect our everyday lives. By analyzing the Biblical account of the clash between David and Goliath, Gladwell presents a bold new interpretation of the lessons we should apply from it." "Today Show""
"In "David and Goliath," Malcolm Gladwell explores the dynamics that inform and effect our everyday lives. By analyzing the Biblical account of the clash between David and Goliath, Gladwell presents a bold new interpretation of the lessons we should apply from it." "Today Show""
"Truly intriguing and inspiring." Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times"
"Provocative....David and Goliath is a lean, consuming read." John Wilwol, San Francisco Chronicle "
"As always, Gladwell's sweep is breathtaking and thought-provoking." Joe Nocera, 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"
"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"
"Gladwell's most provocative book yet. David and Goliath challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, drawing upon history, psychology, and powerful narrative talent to rethink how we view the world around us and how to deal with the challenges life throws at us." Susanne Jaffe, Columbus Dispatch"
"Gladwell has made a career out of questioning conventional wisdom, and here he examines the allegedly unlikely triumph of the weak over the mighty and shows it's not so unlikely after all. 4 stars." Judith Newman, People Magazine"
"Engrossing.... Gladwell's singular gift is animating the experience of his subjects. He has an uncanny ability to simplify without being simplistic: clean and vivid Strunk and White prose in the service of peerless storytelling." David Takami, Seattle Times"
"Contemporary society can't escape history when Malcolm Gladwell explains the world as he does with David and Goliath." Jane Henderson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch"
"In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell explores the dynamics that inform and effect our everyday lives. By analyzing the Biblical account of the clash between David and Goliath, Gladwell presents a bold new interpretation of the lessons we should apply from it." Today Show" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996. Prior to that, he was a reporter at the Washington Post. He is the author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What the Dog Saw. Gladwell was born in England and grew up in rural Ontario. He now lives in New York.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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.
However, in his latest book, David and Goliath, he demonstrates faulty reasoning, such as what Christopher Chabris characterizes as "the fallacy of the unexamined premise." He also has problems with causal relationships and this is not the first time that Gladwell confuses "because" with "despite." For example, consider his assertion that attorney David Boies's great success is largely explained by the fact that he is dyslexic. Overcoming learning disabilities may have been - for Boies as well as countless others -- what Warren Bennis and David Thomas characterize as a "crucible" that strengthens and enlightens those who emerge from it.
In this context, I am reminded of the fact that one of the world's most renowned authorities on ADHD, Edward ("Ned") Hallowell, is an author of countless books and articles on the subject, a child and adult psychiatrist, and a New York Times bestselling author.Read more ›
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The whole David and Goliath theme is contrived and laboured. It was interesting to find out that David really had all the advantages over Goliath, but the attempts the author makes... Read morePublished 3 days ago by B J Stebbing
Recommended by a teacher. A good book and thought-provoking.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Draws from a wide range of scenarios to make the point. Each chapter is an intriguing story to make the point that all is not always what it seemsPublished 3 months ago by parent
I did not need to read this book to learn that, for example, it is sometimes beneficial to be a big fish in a small pond. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Juggler