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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

ISBN: 0316204366

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

Author: Malcolm Gladwell

KDL Description:


“My husband and I just listened to Malcolm Gladwell read his newest work, ‘David and Goliath.’ We both found this non-fiction work very interesting and thought provoking. As often said, one cannot judge a book by its cover. And in this case, this engaging exploration into misfits and underdogs clearly reveals that commonly held beliefs of what guarantees success or victory is not always true. Hearing the author read his own words made this even more enjoyable!”
—Susan at KDL’s Grandville branch

Amazon 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.