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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants [Format Kindle]

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)

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David and Goliath is the dazzling and provocative new book from Malcolm Gladwell, no.1 bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw

Why do underdogs succeed so much more than we expect? How do the weak outsmart the strong? In David and Goliath Malcolm Gladwell takes us on a scintillating and surprising journey through the hidden dynamics that shape the balance of power between the small and the mighty.

From the conflicts in Northern Ireland, through the tactics of civil rights leaders and the problem of privilege, Gladwell demonstrates how we misunderstand the true meaning of advantage and disadvantage. When does a traumatic childhood work in someone's favour? How can a disability leave someone better off? And do you really want your child to go to the best school he or she can get into?

David and Goliath draws on the stories of remarkable underdogs, history, science, psychology and on Malcolm Gladwell's unparalleled ability to make the connections others miss. It's a brilliant, illuminating book that overturns conventional thinking about power and advantage.

Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, and author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What The Dog Saw.

'A global phenomenon... there is, it seems, no subject over which he cannot scatter some magic dust' Observer

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Brief Summary and Review 14 octobre 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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Malcolm Galdwell does not need an introduction. He made his name by popularising various psychological concepts and by connecting them to everyday life situations. David and Goliath benefited from an impressive global marketing campaign but at least this is a good and engaging read. The style is very good and talks you thorough the argumentation of the author. The substance revolves around the argument saying that what appears to be strength is often a weakness. The entire book is then dedicated to the exploration through the ages, the fields and continents of this idea. I have enjoyed the book but my only criticism is that I have found it difficult at time. In a great effort to sink in his key point in the reader's mind, Gladwell indulges in a rather annoying fashion of repeating himself. I have read all his books and I have found David and Goliath to be its least powerful opus.

The book is structured as follows:
• Introduction
• 1 Vivek Ranadivé “It was really random. I mean, my father had never played basketball before.”
• 2 Teresa DeBrito “My largest class was twenty-nine kids. Oh, it was fun.”
• 3 Caroline Sacks “If I’d gone to the University of Maryland, I’d still be in science.”
• 4 David Boies “You wouldn’t wish dyslexia on your child. O would you? ”
• 5 Emil “Jay” Freireich “How Jay did it, I don’t know.”
• 6 Wyatt Walker “Der rabbit is de slickest o’ all de animals de lawd ever made”
• 7 Rosemary Lawlor “I wasn’t born that way. This was forced upon me.”
• 8 Wilma Derksend “We have all done something dreadful in our lives, or have felt the urge to.”
• 9 André Trocmé “We feel obliged to tell you that there are among us a certain number of Jews.”
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Dans ce livre comme dans les autres Malcom Gladwell nous raconte tout d'abord des histoires qu'il rend passionnantes.
D'autre part les sujets abordés, même s'il ne sont pas d'une portée générale, ils sont brillamment présentés et donnent toujours matière à réflexion.
C'est toujours un plaisir de lire ses livres
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