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

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

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By (author) Malcolm Gladwell

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  • Publisher: Little Brown and Company
  • Format: Hardback | 528 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 206mm x 44mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 15 October 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0316239852
  • ISBN 13: 9780316239851
  • Edition: Large type / large print
  • Edition statement: large type edition
  • Sales rank: 218,015

Product 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.

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Author information

Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer at The"New Yorker "since 1996. He is the author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers" and What the Dog Saw. "Prior to joining The New Yorker, "he was a reporter at the Washington Post. "Gladwell was born in England and grew up in rural Ontario. He now lives in New York.

Customer reviews

By Dr Neil MacNeill 07 Dec 2013 5

Like the previous reviewer (Amanda) I was surprised to get a large print version of Gladwell's "David and Goliath". Did the Book Depository know that I had been putting off wearing glasses?

I suppose the one upside of the large print is that I can read the brilliant text to audiences without having to have the text written in 14pt bold! LOL


By Amanda Wilkinson 29 Nov 2013 3

This book does not have the cover shown above, it is the LARGE PRINT edition, which I found out to my cost (I live abroad so return postage is as much as the value of the book!). It does say this in the Bibliographic information page, but you have to look hard to find it.
The book I received also has the words LARGE PRINT on the cover (unlike the cover shown in the photo above).

Review quote

"Gladwell's theories could be used to run businesses more effectively, to turn products into runaway bestsellers, and perhaps most important, to alter human behavior." "New York Times""