David And Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, And The Art Of Battling Giants

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David And Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, And The Art Of Battling Giants

David And Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, And The Art Of Battling Giants

Explore the power of the underdog in Malcolm Gladwell's dazzling examination of success, motivation, and the role of adversity in shaping our lives.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. Heshouldn't have won.Or should he have?InDavid and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwellchallenges 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 thereal 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 andWhat the Dog Saw---David and Goliath draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think of the world around us.From Booklist*Starred Review* Gladwell?s best-sellers, such as The Tipping Point (2000) and Outliers (2008), have changed the way we think about sociological changes and the factors that contribute to high levels of success. Here he examines and challenges our concepts of ?advantage? and ?disadvantage? in a way that may seem intuitive to some and surprising to others. Beginning with the classic tale of David and Goliath and moving through history with figures such as Lawrence of Arabia and Martin Luther King Jr., Gladwell shows how, time and again, players labeled ?underdog? use that status to their advantage and prevail through the elements of cunning and surprise. He also shows how certain academic ?advantages,? such as getting into an Ivy League school, have downsides, in that being a ?big fish in a small pond? at a less prestigious school can lead to greater confidence and a better chance of success in later life. Gladwell even promotes the idea of a ?desirable difficulty,? such as dyslexia, a learning disability that causes much frustration for reading students but, at the same time, may force them to develop better listening and creative problem-solving skills. As usual, Gladwell presents his research in a fresh and easy-to-understand context, and he may have coined the catchphrase of the decade, ?Use what you got.? --David SiegfriedReview"Truly intriguing and inspiring, especially when Gladwell discusses 'desirable difficulties'....Gladwell's account of the journey of Dr. Emil 'Jay' Freireich is unforgettable." ---Hector Tobar,Los Angeles Times?-"Provocative....David and Goliath is a lean, consuming read....The book's most crafty, engaging chapter ties together the Impressionist movement and college choices to highlight the fact that gaining admission to elite institutions, which we typically perceive as an advantage, is no guarantee of success." ---John Wilwol,San Francisco Chronicle ?-"As always, Gladwell's sweep is breathtaking and thought-provoking....I've long admired Gladwell's work." ---Joe Nocera,New York Times?-"David and Goliath readers will travel with colorful characters who overcame great difficulties and learn fascinating facts about the Battle of Britain, cancer medicine and the struggle for civil rights, to name just a few topics upon which Mr. Gladwell's wide-ranging narrative touches. This is an entertaining book." ---Christopher F. Chabris,Wall Street Journal ?-"Fascinati

Specification of David And Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, And The Art Of Battling Giants

GENERAL
AuthorMalcolm Gladwell
BindingHardcover
LanguageEnglish
EditionIllustrated
ISBN-10316204366
ISBN-1397812
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
Publication Year01-10-2013
DIMENSIONS
Height5.7 inch.
Length1.35 inch.
Width8.3 inch.
Weight1 pounds.

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