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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants (edição: 2013)

de Malcolm Gladwell (Autor)

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This book uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty and the powerful and the dispossessed. In it the author 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. He begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy (David and Goliath) those many years ago. From there, the book 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. -- From book jacket.… (mais)
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Título:David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
Autores:Malcolm Gladwell (Autor)
Informação:Little, Brown and Company (2013), Edition: 1st, 320 pages
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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants de Malcolm Gladwell (Author)

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Absolutely gripping. I love, love, love this book and all that it taught. Gladwell has a bare bones style that pulls you in. I love his point that he makes about Goliath and the other "Davids" and "Goliaths" from history.

Some people might argue that this destroys the biblical recounting of the event but, to me, it makes it greater! Not only did a lowly shepherd boy defeat a giant, with the help of and in the name of the God of Israel. But he, like most of us, might have assessed the giant falsely. And so it often is in life. We look at Giants and think that they are impossible to defeat. But, in reality, they have chinks in their armour that God knows all too well.

I truly believe that. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
I love the mind of Gladwell. This offering was classic Gladwell, which is sufficient for me, but it didn't exceed expectations. For me, Outliers was the most inspirational; What the Dog Saw was the most compelling read (all of the stories); and Tipping Point was the most instructional (Blink was good but the subject matter bores me). David and Goliath had some great stories of people who I now want to read more about, but it had a preachy spin about it that raised my cynicism antenna a bit. As per usual, Gladwell challenged me to rethink how I think, especially with the stories of David vs Goliath, Walter Wyatt, and Andre Trocme. I was unconvinced by the conclusions drawn from several other stories, including his takedown of Mike Reynolds (I wish the author had been gentler) and his prop up of Rosemary Lawlor (what exactly did she do?). All in all, my personal takeaway is that my life experiences inevitably shape me, so I am now learning to embrace the desirable difficulties. ( )
  stemreadsbookclub | Jul 26, 2021 |
nonfiction (on audio; read by the author). You don't have to agree 100% with everything Gladwell proposes, but he does have an awful lot of good points that are worth thinking about (in a different way). [librarian note: this book came out 2 months ago and its being on the bestseller list has, not surprisingly, revived an interest in his other books so that currently they ALL have waitlists. Hooray for narrative nonfic.] ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Gladwell gives us a very different perspective on the story of David vs Goliath that a lot of us grew up with in Sunday School. The concept of the giant vs the shepherd boy is usually told to reinforce a point that even the underdog can triumph with the power of God; however, Gladwell explains that it's more about the use of unexpected methods and exploiting cracks in the system that allows these 'underdogs' to victory. Other themes center around finding balance in your aims as well as the relative merits of being a big fish in a small pond vs a medium-sized fish in a big pond.
I read this with my book club and though we weren't raving about it, it was an interesting challenge to some of our long-held worldviews. ( )
  EmScape | Jan 29, 2021 |
My musician son thought I should read this book. I'm not quite sure why. But, it was an interesting enough read.

Malcolm Gladwell talks about the characteristics of underdogs that sometimes give them the upper hand. In the old biblical story of David and Goliath, Goliath thought David would come at him in a conventional way, with sword and shield. David realized he'd never win a battle of strength against strength, so attacked Goliath from afar with stones catapulted from a sling.

And so, similar situations occur in real life. People with seeming disadvantages find ways to take better advantage of the gifts they do have.
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  lgpiper | Jan 10, 2021 |
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It was not the privileged and the fortunate who took in the Jews in France. It was marginal and the damaged, which should remind us that there are real limits to what evil and misfortune can accomplish. If you take away the gift of reading, you create the gift of listening. If you bomb a city, you leave behind death and destruction. But you create a community of remote misses. If you take away a mother or a father, you cause suffering and despair. But one time in ten, out that despair rises an indomitable force. You see the giant and the shepherd in the Valley of Elah and your eye is drawn to the man with the sword and shield and the glittering armor. But so much of what is beautiful and valuable in the world comes from the shepherd, who has more strength and purpose than we ever imagine.
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This book uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty and the powerful and the dispossessed. In it the author 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. He begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy (David and Goliath) those many years ago. From there, the book 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. -- From book jacket.

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