David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants

ISBN9780316285254
PublisherBack Bay books
Published05/1/2014
Pages320
AuthorMalcolm Gladwell
FormatMASS MARKET
Weight0.18 Kg.
Height7.0 in.
Width4.1 in.
Depth0.9 in.

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants

Malcolm Gladwell

MASS MARKET

05/1/2014

Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and a sling, and ever since then the names of David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants. David's victory was improbable and miraculous. Hes shouldn't have won. 

Or should he have? 

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.

Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago. From there, David and Goliath examines Northern Ireland's Troubles, the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, murder and the high costs of revenge, and the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms---all to demonstrate how much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity. 

In the tradition of Gladwell's previous bestsellers---The Tipping PointBlinkOutliers and What the Dog Saw---David and Goliath draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think of the world around us.

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants

Malcolm Gladwell

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ISBN9780316285254
PublisherBack Bay books
Published05/1/2014
Pages320
AuthorMalcolm Gladwell
FormatMASS MARKET
Weight0.18 Kg.
Height7.0 in.
Width4.1 in.
Depth0.9 in.

Synopsis

Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and a sling, and ever since then the names of David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants. David's victory was improbable and miraculous. Hes shouldn't have won. 

Or should he have? 

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.

Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago. From there, David and Goliath examines Northern Ireland's Troubles, the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, murder and the high costs of revenge, and the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms---all to demonstrate how much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity. 

In the tradition of Gladwell's previous bestsellers---The Tipping PointBlinkOutliers and What the Dog Saw---David and Goliath draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think of the world around us.

Editorial Reviews

"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."

– Washington Post

"As always, Gladwell's sweep is breathtaking and thought-provoking."

– The New York Times

"Provocative....David and Goliath is a lean, consuming read."-San Francisco Chronicle "Provocative....David and Goliath is a lean, consuming read."

– San Francisco Chronicle