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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Malcolm Gladwell
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Intoxicating, powerful and morally engaged (Guardian)

Breath-taking and thought-provoking (New York Times)

Truly intriguing and inspiring (Los Angeles Times)

Gladwell's most enjoyable book so far. It is a feel-good extravaganza, nourishing both heart and mind. Each of its stories ... has an ending that is both happy and surprising. What ostensibly unites the stories are the twin ideas that an advantage can sometimes be a disadvantage and that a disadvantage can sometimes be an advantage. Yet there is something more powerful and more uplifting that also links them. It is that good beats bad - just when you least expected it (Financial Times)

When you read it, you feel like you can topple giants (Jon Ronson)

An energetic, counterintuitive exploration of why (and how) underdogs succeed (Guardian, Books of the Year)

Continuing to gently but persistently blow my mind (Lauren Laverne)

I devoured it in a single reading (Richard E. Grant)

The pre-eminent public intellectual of his age (The Times)

Bloody good (Gabby Logan)


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.


Mehr über den Autor

Malcolm Gladwell schrieb über Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft und Medizin für die "Washington Post", deren Bürochef in New York er anschließend wurde. Derzeit schreibt er für den "New Yorker".

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Five for Entertainment, Three for Usefulness 19. Oktober 2013
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"Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him." -- 1 Samuel 17:49-50 (NKJV)

I enjoyed every single story in the book. Mr. Gladwell is a fine storyteller. My disappointment was that the book didn't provide more practical advice.

There are three parts: the advantages of disadvantages (and the disadvantages of advantages), the theory of desirable difficulty, and the limits of power.

In the first part, the title could just as easily be: misunderstandings about advantages and disadvantages. They key lesson actually comes from the first story about how an experienced basketball coach built a winning team around extreme defense ... because the team didn't have much else going for it: make the most out of whatever advantage you can gain. The most practical application came in the material about how it's better to go to a lesser college and be a star there than to not be a star at a more highly regarded college.

In the second part, the title could just as easily be: slow down and notice what's going on. The examples show how concentration ... despite difficulties in doing so ... yields great insights and results.

In the third part, the title could just as easily be: don't push people too far, they'll get stronger in resistance.

So if you thought this book was going to give you some huge new insight from academia, I doubt if that will be the case. If you hoped to find some bit of practical advice for what to do differently, there's little past some good principles. The college lesson, however, is worth the price of the book for any high school seniors who will soon be making such decisions.

Enjoy some fun reading!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Brief Summary and Review 14. Oktober 2013
*A full executive summary of this book will be available at newbooksinbrief dot com, on or before Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

This book is not about underdogs and giants in any conventional sense of these terms. Rather, the book is about the curious nature of advantages and disadvantages, and how each can (under certain circumstances) become its opposite.

The first lesson to be learned is that the things we take to be advantages are often no such thing. Our greatest mistake here comes from the fact that we identify a certain quality or characteristic as being a benefit or advantage, and then assume that the more of it there is the better--when this is often not the case. Put another way, most of us recognize that it is possible to have too much of a good thing, and yet we fail to appreciate just how often and where this principle applies. For instance, we recognize that having a certain amount of money greatly facilitates raising children (it being very difficult to raise a family in a state of poverty), and yet we fail to recognize that beyond a certain point wealth also makes parenting increasingly difficult (for it becomes harder and harder to instill qualities of hard-work and self-control). Or we recognize that small class sizes are a good thing, and yet we fail to recognize that classes can actually begin to suffer once they become too small (since diversity and energy begin to disappear).

Another arena wherein an advantage can become a disadvantage is in power and authority. Power and authority is an advantage, of course; however, when it is wielded illegitimately and without fairness, it can actually cause more chaos, destruction and violence than it curbs.
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Der Journalist Malcolm T. Gladwell stürmt seit Jahren die internationalen Bestsellerlisten im Bereich Sachbuch. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (2000), Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005), Outliers: The Story of Success (2008), What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures (2009). Und nun been David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants (2013). Ich bin durch einen Beitrag des Autors bei TED mit dem Titel "Malcolm Gladwell: The unheard story of David and Goliath" auf dieses neue Buch aufmerksam geworden. Eine sehr unterhaltsame Geschichte über den Kampf David gegen Goliath.

Die wesentlichen Punkte dieses in irritierend zusammenhangslosen Teilgeschichten gegliederten Werkes sind: "The powerful and the strong are not always what they seem." (position 149), "We think of things as helpful that actually aren't and think of other things as unhelpful that in reality leaves us stronger and wiser." (position 230), "Conventional wisdom holds that a disadvantage is something that ought to be avoided - that it is a setback or a difficulty that leaves you worse off than you would be otherwise." (position 1093), "These are David's opportunities: the occasions in which difficulties, paradoxically, turn out to be desirable." (position 1922)

Das Buch beginnt mit der wirklich interessanten Geschichte des historischen Kampfes Davids gegen Goliaths. Ein Paradebeispiel für soziale Irrtumsartefakte und kritikfreie Übernahme ins Allgemeinwissen. Ab sofort muss ich jedenfalls den Kopf schütteln, wenn jemand in Unkenntnis diese Metapher benutzt. Leider sinkt die Qualität des Werkes dann aber mit jedem Kapitel kontinuierlich.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen David and Goliath
Pretty unexpected read, Some interesting background information on various subjects, quite enlightening, but not always easy to read as in some places a bit longwinding.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting read
This is the first book by Malcolm Gladwell I have read and it did not disappoint me.
I very much enjoy his writing style combined with the lessons. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 8 Monaten von Larsen J. Marquardt veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Sehr gut geschrieben.
Ein sehr gut geschriebenes Buch, das einem den Horizont erweitert. Eröffnet den Blick aus einer anderen Perspektive. Bleibt dabei immer kurzweilig und ist nie oberlehrerhaft.
Vor 11 Monaten von Elvis veröffentlicht
2.0 von 5 Sternen Not enough content for a book
Interesting, counter-intuitive points. Starts well but descends into repetition and I soon found myself skipping pages. Rather a disappointment in the end.
Vor 13 Monaten von Matthew Whittall veröffentlicht
2.0 von 5 Sternen Repetitive
Great ideas, but much too repetitive! This was a leaflet that got stretched into a book. Even more so than "Blink."
Vor 18 Monaten von Craig Hansford veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Superb
I find the story of the inverted u curve fascinating. I also find the story about the good school vs great school. Lesen Sie weiter...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Spitzenmäßig!
Nach diese Lektüre werde ich noch einiges mehr von Malcolm Gladwell kaufen und gleich lesen. Wie er schreibt bringt die kleine Zahnräder im Kopf zum surren.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Malcolm Gladwell at his usual best
The book is again a very informative read into our recent history and topics or angles missed out on. A definite for the collection
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Little Guy
My first impression of Malcolm Gladwell's book David & Goliath was that it is a Feel Good book, one designed for those who consider themselves the underdogs in society, at school,... Lesen Sie weiter...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I loved this book.
The book shows a different perspective about the common notions of power balance, and the stories of the underdogs. Lesen Sie weiter...
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