David and Goliath

  • by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by Malcolm Gladwell
  • 7 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

David and Goliath is the dazzling and provocative new book from Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw.
Why do underdogs succeed so much more than we expect? How do the weak outsmart the strong? In David and Goliath Malcolm Gladwell takes us on a scintillating and surprising journey through the hidden dynamics that shape the balance of power between the small and the mighty. From the conflicts in Northern Ireland and Vietnam, through the tactics of civil rights leaders and the problem of privilege, Gladwell demonstrates how we misunderstand the true meaning of advantage and disadvantage.
When does a traumatic childhood work in someone's favour? How can a disability leave someone better off? And do you really want your child to go to the best school he or she can get into? David and Goliath draws on the stories of remarkable underdogs, history, science, psychology and on Malcolm Gladwell's unparalleled ability to make the connections others miss. It's a brilliant, illuminating book that overturns conventional thinking about power and advantage.
Author, journalist, cultural commentator, and intellectual adventurer, Malcolm Gladwell was born in 1963 in England to a Jamaican mother and an English mathematician father. He grew up in Canada and graduated with a degree in history from the University of Toronto in 1984. From 1987 to 1996, he was a reporter for The Washington Post, first as a science writer and then as New York City bureau chief. Since 1996, he has been a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine.
His curiosity and breadth of interests are shown in New Yorker articles ranging over a wide array of subjects including early childhood development and the flu, not to mention hair dye, shopping and what it takes to be cool. His first book, The Tipping Point, captured the world's attention with its theory that a curiously small change can have unforeseen effects, and the phrase has become part of our language, used by writers, politicians and business people everywhere to describe cultural trends and strange phenomena. His other international best-selling books are Blink, which explores how a snap judgment can be far more effective than a cautious decision, and What the Dog Saw, a collection of his most provocative and entertaining New Yorker pieces.

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"A global phenomenon... there is, it seems, no subject over which he cannot scatter some magic dust." (Observer)

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Simply brilliant!!

It's oft said that things of value are best expounded by a good story. Malcolm Gladwell is a gifted storyteller who does just that. His style of idea-story-lesson works well for David and Goliath. Is he vague or ambiguous in parts? Yes, but the only person who knows their history/story are they whom live it and feel it. Highly recommend!!!
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Interesting Perspective

Overall a good book. Great basis developed through interesting examples, although I thought it did go off on a random tangent at points which felt disconnected from the main point. Civil rights to 3 strike laws was a big jump and whilst I understood this, it wasn't the most natural mix.

Having said that I enjoyed the book and was a fascinating insight into education, work and how people can approach asymmetric situations in an inventive way.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-10-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios