David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, And the Art of Battling Giants (Unabridged)
by Malcolm Gladwell
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Audie Award Winner, Non-Fiction, 2014 Malcolm Gladwell, the number-one best-selling 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 best sellers, David and Goliath draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think about the world around us.
Gladwell again flawlessly lays out the framework and demonstrates to listeners another way to see adversity as a trainer to greatness.
Couldn't Stop Listening
The only problem with this audiobook is that it's not possible to stop listening. Awesome book on so many levels. Thank you Mr. Gladwell.
These are anecdotes and flimsy studies extrapolated into feel-good mush. Truly, smug nonsense.