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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.

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David and Goliath
March 2nd, 2015
Interesting and insightful. A positive spin on often assumed shortcomings. I will read more from Gladwell.
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Reinforced my beliefs
January 26th, 2015
Gladwell does another brilliant job of exploring the events to prove his position. If ever there was a book that convinced you that you can find advantages in situations that others find hopeless, this is it!
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The weak aren't always weak
September 10th, 2014
While I enjoyed this book I found it hard to always buy into the argument that the powerful aren't always what they appear. Gladwell may have a point about the curve, but it gets warped and woven through the stories and seems unrecognizable by the end. Especially poignant for me was the Candace Dersken story as I was the same age & it occurred in the Mennonite community. How to forgive in that circumstance I don't understand, but God, who gave David courage to face Goliath, certainly strengthened the Derksens to forgive Candace's killer.
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July 16th, 2014
Well written chapters.
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June 21st, 2014
Very informative without going into indebt history. I was impressed with the contributions of so many different individuals and how it impacted on every day life.
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Another good book
February 7th, 2014
Great book, excellent stories. Gladwell really does his homework.
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David and Goliath
January 9th, 2014
This book opens my eyes to the situation in every inclusive classroom today. We are called to NOT compare and contrast. What may appear to be an advantage may in fact become a hindrance. What may appear to be a handicap may be the defining characteristic to accomplishment. From the autistic child, the child with Down Syndrome or the child with an exceptional memory, this book helped me to understand even more deeply the truth that all human life comes with Spirit and Character. All human life has a purpose, and we are all invited to seek out our passions. What may be perceived as inevitable, good or bad, may only be a smoke screen. The fulfillment of our lives comes from being true to our selves.
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A very good and knowledgable read.
December 24th, 2013
A collection of very good observations about why the underdogs win. Gave me a different perspective to look at things differently.
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Wonderful read
November 12th, 2013
Very inspirational. At times it left tearing up and I don't cry. As a a manager and parent theory of desirable difficulties and the probable advantages of being a big fish in a small pond were particularly illuminating.
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