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

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Highlights
  • Malcolm Gladwell
  • English
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David and Goliath is the dazzling and provocative new book from Malcolm Gladwell, no.1 bestselling 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, 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.

Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, and author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What The Dog Saw.

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

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Language
  • English
Publisher
  • Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN
  • 9780241959602
Publication Date
  • 2013-10-03
File Size
  • 1.63 MB
Ratings and Reviews
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Online Book reader was bad

The book was just like Malcolm Gladwell's other books - insightful, lots of data and ideas etc
The online webreader experience of flipkart was bad. I understand it was a beta version - but full screen wasn't working properly, it couldnt remember which page I was at before, there were some pop up boxes that refused to go, hindering the page viewing experience. Would definitely try out some other vendor before trying out Flipkart's e book.
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Vivek

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Good read

Very good book, meets the standards of earlier books, though summarization was a bit abrupt as compared to other books by this author
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Venkat

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6 Jun, 2014

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This one needs an appropriate epilogue, please

The book may leave you sad about every 'gift-of-God'-esque possessions you have, as chapter by chapter, they become harbingers of a boring life ahead.
It's a good book though.
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Abdullah

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21 Mar, 2014

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David and Goliath

it looked like a sermon to me, from Bible, in initial turnings of the book..pls look into other reviews before purchasing..Read Gladwell's other books, were good frm beginning..this one not perhaps..!!
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Manikandan Chandrasekaran

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1 Feb, 2014

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Extraordinary and interesting insights

Malcolm does a good job in uncovering the real reasons for why midgets win against giants using David & Goliath as the first insightful example among many interesting stories & tales from past legends and current businesses
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Subramanian Sankaran

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15 Jan, 2014

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Excellent Book!!

Malcolm Gladwell has always been good at analyzing things & giving suitable examples; David & Goliath is in the same league as Outliers, Blink, etc.

The book very nicely explains the concept of why Underdogs tend to surprise us so much by differentiating between perceived scenario & actual scenario. Overall a very good read..
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Nitesh Pinge

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2 Jan, 2014

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