David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants Audio CD – Import, 1 October 2013
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"In the vast world of nonfiction writing, Malcolm Gladwell is as close to a singular talent as exists today...Outliers is a pleasure to read and leaves you mulling over its inventive theories for days afterward."―David Leonhardt, New York Times Book Review
"The explosively entertaining Outliers might be Gladwell's best and most useful work yet...There are both brilliant yarns and life lessons here: Outliers is riveting science, self-help, and entertainment, all in one book."―Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly
"No other book I read this year combines such a distinctive prose style with truly thought-provoking content. Gladwell writes with a high degree of dazzle but at the same time remains as clear and direct as even Strunk or White could hope for."―Atlanta Journal Constitution
"[An] important new book...Gladwell intelligently captures a larger tendency of thought-the growing appreciation of the power of cultural patterns, social contagions, memes...Gladwell's social determinism is a useful corrective to the Homo economicus view of human nature."―David Brooks, New York Times
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"Outliers is required reading for boardroom and watercooler crowds alike."―Men's Health
"In Outliers, Gladwell (The Tipping Point) once again proves masterful in a genre he essentially pioneered-the book that illuminates secret patterns behind everyday phenomena."―Publishers Weekly
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"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
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- Publisher : Little, Brown & Company; Unabridged edition (1 October 2013)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 6 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1611137527
- ISBN-13 : 978-1611137521
- Item Weight : 159 g
- Dimensions : 13.34 x 2.54 x 14.61 cm
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So I went on to buy this book as well and I wasn't disappointed at all. The content and narration are as good as "Outliers"... So if you are looking to buy this one go for it for sure and if you liked it then read "Outliers" as well.
simplistic. Large MNCs and powerful political leaders do get away with murder most of the time. But it does give hope to the underprivileged especially with the backing of modern systems of communication like social media. It is another matter that the same social media can be misused by large data handlers.
I don't know what real lessons to take away from these, nor do I think there is something formulaic that we can learn and adopt into our own lives.
But I see this as a powerful testament to the indefatigable indomitable human soul.
I personally like a book that has real life examples that one can corelate with. This makes the learning more easy.
This book is nowhere closer to any business examples and tends to give examples of individuals.
Not the kind of book I anticipated and probably the first one that I left unread till the end.
About this particular one, while reading I could relate two things that is arguably stated in many epics-
- There is a reason for everything happening, the way it is happening!
- Faith shows the way!
It was scientific representation of two things in motion. From the very onset of David Vs Goliath, there is a clear understanding .. that while you reach to a stage, you miss something else. It might also be called balancing act. Big giants will have vulnerabilities , the only thing is to look at blue waters, see where they are slow (significantly)
The book speaks on real life incidents of how people who seemingly look incapable of achieve big things achieved by their "art of battling giants". This a very good book and will boost your confidence to think differently
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The reason why this book isn’t 5-stars is because I feel like the author often slightly underdeveloped a lot of his points. The chapter on why small classes are not necessarily better than big classes is a very noticeable example of this for me. Although this wasn’t evident in every chapter, I believe that the author often didn’t look at a range of evidence before giving his point, instead picking out the few bits of evidence that were in his favour. Sadly, this often portrayed him as being slightly biased and not objective. However, I found that this was only seen in a couple of chapters, and overall the book was very eye-opening and fascinating. I strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to challenge society’s values.
The premise that the small can take on the big and mighty and win in today's fast paced and rapidly changing world is compelling. But his book fails to inspire and that is a disappointment. The premise had been well laid out early in the book and I expected it to progress to great current day learnings but the entire book labours a point that most readers will get and agree with early on. Gladwell would then have done better to show the learnings and pitfalls of the analogy rather than spending chapter after chapter proving a point that had already been proven.
Some good stories, well written and easy to read but could've delivered so much more. A decent book but from Gladwell I expected something more.
3 1/2 stars.
Drawing on examples from education, policing, civil rights, and much else the book provides numerous anecdotes as well as statistical evidence to show that inverse U shaped curves apply to the effectiveness of most fields of human activity.
I thouroughly enjoyed this book, although there is not much that is revelatory, and read it in just one day