David and Goliath

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

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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 512 pages
  • 150 x 206 x 44mm | 539.99g
  • Little Brown and Company
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type / large print edition
  • 0316239852
  • 9780316239851
  • 335,929

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"BLINK moves quickly through a series of delightful stories?.Always dazzling us with fascinating information and phenomena."--David Brooks, New York Times Book Review
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About Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996. He is the host of the podcast Revisionist History and 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.
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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 Neilshow more
by Dr Neil MacNeill
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).show more
by Amanda Wilkinson
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