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Little, Brown and Company / 2013 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 9780316204385
ISBN-13: 9780316204385

Publisher's Description

Malcolm Gladwell, the #1 bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What the Dog Saw, offers his most provocative---and dazzling---book yet.

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. He 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 Point, Blink, Outliers 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.

Author Bio

Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996. He is the author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw. Prior to joining The New Yorker, he was a reporter at the Washington Post. Gladwell was born in England and grew up in rural Ontario. He now lives in New York.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Outliers:

"In the vast world of nonfiction writing, Malcolm Gladwell is as close to a singular talent as exists today...Outliers is a pleasure to read and leaves you mulling over its inventive theories for days afterward."—David Leonhardt, New York Times Book Review
"The explosively entertaining Outliers might be Gladwell's best and most useful work yet...There are both brilliant yarns and life lessons here: Outliers is riveting science, self-help, and entertainment, all in one book."—Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly
"Intoxicating".Gladwell is an engaging writer and a first-rate tour guide.?—Thane Rosenbaum, Los Angeles Times
"BLINK moves quickly through a series of delightful stories?.Always dazzling us with fascinating information and phenomena."—David Brooks, New York Times Book Review
"No other book I read this year combines such a distinctive prose style with truly thought-provoking content. Gladwell writes with a high degree of dazzle but at the same time remains as clear and direct as even Strunk or White could hope for."—Atlanta Journal Constitution
"[An] important new book...Gladwell intelligently captures a larger tendency of thought-the growing appreciation of the power of cultural patterns, social contagions, memes...Gladwell's social determinism is a useful corrective to the Homo economicus view of human nature."—David Brooks, New York Times
"Thought-provoking, entertaining, and irresistibly debatable...[Outliers] is another winner from this agile social observer."—Heller McAlpin, Christian Science Monitor
"Outliers is required reading for boardroom and watercooler crowds alike."—Men's Health
"In Outliers, Gladwell (The Tipping Point) once again proves masterful in a genre he essentially pioneered-the book that illuminates secret patterns behind everyday phenomena."—Publishers Weekly
Praise for The Tipping Point

"A fascinating book that makes you see the world in a different way."—Fortune
"Gladwell's theories could be used to run businesses more effectively, to turn products into runaway bestsellers, and perhaps most important, to alter human behavior."—New York Times
Praise for Blink

"A real pleasure...Brims with surprising insights about our world and ourselves."—Salon.com

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    David and Goliath the epic battle of the bible! E
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    David and Goliath the epic battle of the bible! Everyone knows the story of an unlikely shepherd that changes the history of a nation and sets in motion things that forever altered history. With brothers twice his size and ultimately more skilled, a little shepherd boy steps onto a bloody battle field and destroys the enemy.

    There are some who would argue the basis of this book - that struggle and adversity often create heroic people. However, I have to agree that circumstances that create stress in our lives often cause a person to strive harder for success - or cause a person to fold under the stress and settle for mediocrity. Some of the greatest individual and most influential people in history are those who's lives are less than perfect. Immediately upon beginning this book I began to think of Helen Keller - a young girl without the benefit of sight or hearing - in a time without modern conveniences and tools to make life easier. No one thought Helen Keller would do much or that she would be a success at anything. Yet with the help of just a few who believed in her and with a stubborn streak she mastered sign. Her life then inspired countless others to face and defeat the giants within their lives.

    This book is written on this premise - that greatness is in the hands of the Lord and we must trust the Author for the strength to face and defeat the "giants" of our lives. Things that are meant to intimidate, destroy, devastate and defeat us can in fact make us great.

    Thanks to B&B Media for this review copy.
  2. Irvine, CA
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    A New Way Of Approaching Our Giants Situations
    December 19, 2013
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    Malcolm Gladwell in his new book, "David And Goliath" published by Little, Brown and Company shows us Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.

    From the back cover: 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. He 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 Point,Blink, Outliers 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.

    Prepare to be challenged in your thinking. We have always been taught that the underdog seldom wins and when he does we stand up and cheer. Why? Because it looks as though the odds were against him. We believe that giants win over little people. Mr. Gladwell asserts that this is not the case and should be the other way around. In three parts, three chapters each Mr. Gladwell gives us unique stories that back up his assertion. We all face giants, powerful opponents of all kinds - from armies and mighty warriors to disability, misfortune and oppression. If we believe we cannot win because the giant we face is so large then we lost, plain and simple. However if Mr. Gladwell is correct then we should go into the battle almost rejoicing because the battle is won on our side. When David faced Goliath he ran against him. We need this book to influence our thinking and change our thoughts so that we look at our situations differently and then we will be able to win over our giants.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The B & B Media Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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