David and Goliath

David and Goliath

Audiobook CD - 2013
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Malcolm Gladwell, with his unparalleled ability to grasp connections others miss, uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed.
Publisher: [United States] : Hachette, Little, Brown And Company, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781611137521
Branch Call Number: UCD 155.2 GLA
Characteristics: 6 sound discs (540 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in


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Aug 16, 2018

Absolutely right-on the dot. Gives enough real-life examples and ways to beat the system even if you're the small guy. Good read.

SPPL_Anna Mar 24, 2018

Absolutely fascinating. Shows how our logical understanding of the world is often obtuse and irrational, which gives a lot of perspective for life in general.

Oct 29, 2017

I used to watch cartoons because the little guys beat the big guys.
Now Gladwell tells me that the little guy can overcome his Goliath if he thinks unconventionally. He also provides examples of accepted thought that is just wrong.

The trick is to realize when to dig deeper and when to reject group think. I enjoyed the book.

Jun 29, 2016

So the book has some interesting stories, especially early on. For example, choosing where to go college was an interesting idea. I remember reading the story on the basketball team before, which is good. The book gets less interesting toward the end. But the book does show a couple interesting ways of looking at things.

Feb 11, 2016

A fascinating perspective on winning and losing - not to mention what really is a weakness and what really is a strength. Great perspectives for teachers/educators as well as law enforcement agencies and political groups like Black Lives Matter.

Nov 17, 2015

I have loved every book that Gladwell has written aside from David and Goliath. I foundthe book to be quite boring and lacking good content. I read 3/4 of the way through this book hoping that it would get better but I was sadly mistaken. The thesis was not strong and the examples he gave to support his premise did not capture me. I'm disappointed.

Jul 29, 2014

I've come to expect a higher standard from Malcolm Gladwell and his latest work, David and Goliath, is another compelling triumph.

Similar to how his previous book, Outliers: The Story of Success, explores the complex underpinnings of the popular success narrative, this one takes the underdog v giant narrative, turns it on its head, and shows the contradictory variables at work. We mythologize the Davids and the Goliaths of this world in a way that grossly underestimates the underdog's inherent advantage and the giant's masked weaknesses. My favorite moments are the comparisons of the "big fish / little pond" and "little fish / big pond" examples. Classic Gladwell and spot on!

I was absorbed throughout with the exception of a portion near the middle. My attention noticeably waned as he discussed the Civil Rights Movement and the British occupation of Ireland. I think that, looking back, even though the material relates to the underdog's resourcefulness and the inverted U-shaped curve previously introduced, the connection to the book's central thesis wasn't as clear here as in the other chapters.

librarylizzard Jul 02, 2014

I was interested to read this based on its popularity, though once I got my hands on it I was a bit disappointed. The premise is good (David beats Goliath, showing the perceived advantages are not always true advantages, followed by real world examples) but I was never captured by the book's content. Once I was halfway through I finished just to say I'd done it. A few good tidbits here and there, but it isn't nonfiction I'd recommend unless the person had an interest in the specific examples he provides (the impact on class size on achievement, for example).

Jan 26, 2014

As usual, Malcolm Gladwell has a number of wonderful stories to relate and he tells them in a very engaging style. These stories come from disparate sets of circumstances. However, it never is very clear to what extent the conclusions that he wants his readers to draw are applicable elsewhere. Only in the end does he hint that the applicability is limited.


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