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

Customer Review – “Another new perspective on life”

DavidAndGoliathMalcolmGladwellAudioBookMalcom Gladwell makes me a smarter person. With every book there is a new explanation of what is commonly understood as a universal fact – – that he convincingly explains is just plain wrong. With this book, I’ve learned that being “disadvantaged” may be my strategic advantage. Very cool. As a narrator, Gladwell comes well armed with research and facts, but delivers it in such a cool and calm low-key way, that as he’s explaining how silly you’ve been for believing what seems like common sense, it’s not one bit insulting.

Be prepared to revel in being “the underdog” and in discovering that giants really aren’t that scary.

Publishers Summary

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 best sellers, David and Goliath draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think about the world around us.

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  • Written by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Format: Unabridged

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