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- Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 Una edition (Oct. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1478980451
- ISBN-13: 978-1478980452
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants Audio CD – 1 Oct 2013
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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 ""
"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""
"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""
"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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Inside Flap
His most enjoyable book so far. It is a feel-good extravaganza, nourishing both heart and mind. Each of its stories...has an ending that is both happy and surprising. What ostensibly unites the stories are the twin ideas that an advantage can sometimes be a disadvantage and that a disadvantage can sometimes be an advantage. Yet there is something more powerful and uplifting that also links them. It is that good beats bad - just when you least expected it. - Financial Time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
David & Goliath fits that mould perfectly, except that this time the big idea is a little less striking - as the famous story in the title reveals, the basic idea that the underdog can win out is hardly new (even if, as Gladwell argues, the version of David & Goliath we are all used to hearing is flawed).
A fun breezy read to get you thinking, rather than a detailed case built on evidence.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent read. Gladwell, as always, is able to write a story with various layers. He starts with the obvious or a plain human interest story about class sizes and then scratches... Read morePublished 4 months ago by John
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 5 months ago by B J Stebbing
Recommended by a teacher. A good book and thought-provoking.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer