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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants [Anglais] [Broché]

Malcolm Gladwell
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Intoxicating, powerful and morally engaged (Guardian)

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

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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)

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'Gladwell's most enjoyable book so far. It is a feel-good extravaganza, nourishing both heart and mind' Financial Times'I devoured in a single reading' Richard E. Grant'When you read it, you feel like you can topple giants' Jon RonsonWhat if everything we thought about power was wrong? What if, in the ancient story of the shepherd boy who topples a giant, David actually had the advantage? This thought sets Malcolm Gladwell on an extraordinary journey that takes him from art to basketball, the brain to revolutions, along the way weaving unforgettable stories of misfits, outsiders, tricksters and underdogs who have faced outsized challenges and won. With his trademark warmth, humour and gift for showing us the world through new eyes, Gladwell lets us see why the powerful aren't always what we think they are - and that some of us have more strength and purpose than we could ever imagine.'Intoxicating, powerful and morally engaged' Guardian'Truly intriguing and inspiring' Los Angeles Times'Breath-taking and thought-provoking' The New York Times'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

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  • Broché: 320 pages
  • Editeur : Penguin (8 mai 2014)
  • Collection : PRESS NF PB
  • Langue : Inconnu
  • ISBN-10: 0241959594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241959596
  • Dimensions du produit: 19,6 x 12,8 x 2,2 cm
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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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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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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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4.0 étoiles sur 5 What Makes An Underdog Succeed? 1 octobre 2013
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Does having a disadvantage make you stronger in the long run? Malcolm Gladwell explores this and similar questions in his latest book. Like his previous works, Gladwell delves into the stories of many people (some famous, some not) to determine why some become wildly successful whereas others crash and burn. Are there key elements in their upbringing that push people to excel?

Two interesting observations revolve around dyslexia and the loss of a parent. Some of the most prominent people in the world are, surprisingly, dyslexic. Richard Branson, Charles Schwab, and Brian Glazer are three. A shocking 12 of the 44 U.S. Presidents, including George Washington and Barack Obama, lost their fathers when they were young. Gladwell explores the possibility that people who are faced with a major disadvantage can use it to propel them to heights they otherwise would not have achieved.

While this book is very thought-provoking, I must admit that I can't completely agree with all of it. I found some conclusions to be over-simplified. Even so, this an entertaining and worthwhile read. Gladwell fans will definitely appreciate it.

Readers of this book should also consider two others with similar themes. Gladwell's stories reminded me of my favorite recent memoir, Dr. Anthony Youn's In Stitches which explores how a young underdog overcame his insecurities to eventually become a successful physician. A fascinating story. The second book I recommend is Gladwell's Outliers: The Story of Success which examines what factors make some people succeed and others fail. A similar theme as "David and Goliath," this one looks at what intangibles contribute to one's success. It's a thought-provoking and fun read.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Entertaining but Lacking Scientific Rigor 3 octobre 2013
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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell

"David and Goliath" is an interesting yet somewhat disappointing book about what happens when ordinary people confront giants. Best-selling author, Malcolm Gladwell provides many examples that range from the compelling to the dare I say feeble. That being said, the book is stimulating and it's never boring, it just lacked the brilliance that a book like his very own "Outliers" has. This provocative 320-page book is broken out into the following three parts: 1. The Advantages of Disadvantages (and Disadvantages of Advantages), 2. The Theory of Desirable Difficulty, and 3. The Limits of Power.

1. Always engaging, provocative and a page turner. Gladwell is a gifted narrator.
2. Interesting subject, never boring. You never know what you are going to get from Gladwell. A great premise and title for a book, "David and Goliath".
3. Gladwell explores two main ideas through stories and keen observations. "What we consider valuable in our world arises out of these kinds of lopsided conflicts, because the act of facing overwhelming odds produces greatness and beauty. And second, that we consistently get these kinds of conflicts wrong."
4. A recurring theme that resonates throughout the book, "There is an important lesson in that for battles with all kinds of giants. The powerful and the strong are not always what they seem."
5. I absolutely loved the story of Vivek Ranadive's basketball team and where Pitino's trademark strategy came from. "The whole Redwood City philosophy was based on a willingness to try harder than anyone else."
6. The provocative discussion on the correlation of class sizes and educational success. Interesting angles (the concept of the inverted-U curve) and great water cooler material regardless on which side you fall on.
7. The concept of it is better to be a Big Fish in a Little Pond than a Little Fish in a Big Pond. "The phenomenon of relative deprivation applied to education is called--appropriately enough--the `Big Fish-Little Pond Effect.' The more elite an educational institution is, the worse students feel about their own academic abilities." Interesting findings that resulted from this observation.
8. An interesting look at dyslexia. "Dyslexia is a problem in the way people hear and manipulate sounds." This is where Gladwell goes into his theory of "desirable difficulties" and provides many examples of stories of success and overcoming challenges. The case of trial lawyer David Boies is one of overcoming the odds and making the most of his challenges.
9. Measuring personality through the Five Factor Model ("Big Five").
10. I enjoy historical references and this book offers a couple of intriguing stories. The "London Blitz".
11. Gladwell loves patterns and he has made it a trademark to share some of his favorites. "Twelve of the first forty-four U.S. presidents--beginning with George Washington and going all the way up to Barack Obama--lost their fathers while they were young."
12. A fascinating medical case study involving Jay Freireich and leukemia.
13. Case studies involving courage. The American civil rights movement. The fascinating story behind the iconic photograph (calm teenage boy being attacked by a snarling German shepherd) that captured the impetus of the historical movement.
14. The use of trickery, the art of survival and triumph even in the most hostile of environments.
15. The incendiary case study of Northern Ireland. "In Northern Ireland, the British made a simple mistake. They fell into the trap of believing that because they had resources, weapons, soldiers, and experience that dwarfed those of the insurgent elements that they were trying to contain, it did not matter what the people of Northern Ireland thought of them."
16. The principal of legitimacy. "Legitimacy is based on three things. First of all, the people who are asked to obey authority have to feel like they have a voice--that if they speak up, they will be heard. Second, the law has to be predictable. There has to be a reasonable expectation that the rules tomorrow are going to be roughly the same as the rules today. And third, the authority has to be fair. It can't treat one group differently from another."
17. The uplifting case of Jaffe and J-RIPpers.
18. The inception of the Three Strike rule and its shortcomings. "Clearly, then, there's a big difference between having no penalties for breaking the law and having some penalties--just as there's a big difference between a class of forty students and a class of twenty-five. On the left side of the inverted-U curve, interventions make a difference."
19. Understanding the limits of power. The case study of the Huguenots.
20. Notes linked.

1. No links to original sources.
2. No formal bibliography.
3. Lacks scientific rigor or depth. Gladwell mainly presents his side of the story and at times suffers from confirmation bias. It's ok to present opposing scientific views while defending your own.
4. I really have a tough time buying the notion that people succeed because of their difficulties, "The second, more intriguing, possibility is that they succeeded, in part, because of their disorder--that they learned something in their struggle that proved to be of enormous advantage." I look at it as overcoming challenges, making the best of what you have.
5. Some of the case studies are not for the faint of heart. The Candace Derksen story was particularly painful and difficult to read.
6. A misspell in the table of contents.

In summary, Gladwell's books are always provocative and fun to read. The biggest problem for Gladwell is to live up to expectations set by a book of the caliber of "Outliers" and frankly whether fair or not this book doesn't live up to it. It lacks panache and most importantly scientific rigor. That being said this book has moments of radiance and he always manages to entertain. Perhaps 3 stars is a bit low but rest assured all of Gladwell's books are worth reading. In short, this book will provide great water cooler material, read it and make your own call.

Further recommendations: "Outliers: The Story of Success", "The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference", and "Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking" by the same author, "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us" by Daniel H. Pink, "Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard" and "Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die" by Chip and Dan Heath, "The One Thing" by Gary Keller, "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking" by Susan Cain, "Rebounders: How Winners Pivot from Setback to Success" by Rick Newman, "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhig, "What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets" by Michael J. Sandel, "Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain" by David Eagleman, and "The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined" by Steven Pinker.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Gladwell did it again. 2 octobre 2013
Par Derek Halpern - Publié sur Amazon.com
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You might read some reviews that hate on this book.

They'll say they don't like his pseudo-scientific claims. They'll say he oversimplifies everything. They might even mention some "incidents" where they witnessed a deluge of "random" people who hated on this book... just a day after it's released.

But I believe those people have an agenda. An agenda where they decided they were going to hate this book before they even read it.

I'll explain.

When I buy a Malcolm Gladwell book, I don't expect in-depth analysis of hundreds of research studies. For that, I'll turn to someone like Eliot Aronson, Dan Ariely, or some new blood like Adam Grant. When I buy a Malcolm Gladwell book I expect to read compelling stories that bring a few pieces of key research to life. I also expect to be inspired by these stories. And in that regard, David and Goliath OVER DELIVERS.

#1 I loved the story of the impressionists

I won't ruin the story for you because I think you should buy the book and read it. But the short of it is this: When the impressionists were shunned from the high art society in France, they created their own art show. And their art became more popular. And today, their art is essentially priceless since the art they were showing in their 'offsite' art show totaled more than billion dollars worth of art.

What's funny about this story is the connection to Gladwell and today. Gladwell might get shunned by some nitpicking academics, and that's fine. He's not trying to break into the world of academia. He created his own world, and he's the guy selling millions of books.

This doesn't mean I hate academia though. I run a website called Social Triggers, and a podcast called Social Triggers Insider. My goal? To share the research from academia in language that layman can understand. So I dig academia.

That said, this story was inspiring because it reminds me (and I'm sure other people who read it) that it's not about being accepted by a system. Sometimes, you need to create your own system - and you'll be better off.

#2 We should all remember the inverted U curve

Again, Gladwell goes into this in more detail, but I loved this. It quite simply says, that just because you do more of something doesn't mean you're going to have more results. At some point, doing more can actually have the REVERSE effect. Doing more can actually make you do worse.

Even though he didn't use this analogy, I think about going to the gym. When you go to the gym once a week, you get poor results. Go twice, and better results. Go three, and maybe better results. But if you go 7 times a week, twice a day, you risk 'overtraining' and when you overtrain you actually risk getting worse results.

Based on those two stories alone, I believe this book is worth the read.

Now back to the naysayers...

The naysayers pick his books up and say it's too simple. And you know what? Just the other day, Gladwell said it best: "If my books appear oversimplified, then you shouldn't read them"

Why is that best?

Because if you think his books are too oversimplified, you shouldn't read them. You're NOT the audience.

He's not writing a book to be consumed by 1,500 academics. He's writing a book to inspire millions of people.

And that's why I have to say, Malcolm Gladwell did it again. Check the book out.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 I felt beaten over the head with forced analogies 17 octobre 2013
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The good - as usual Malcolm Gladwell had an interesting premise.

The bad - almost everything else about the book. Gladwell has built a solid career observing and synthesizing commonalities in our world. In past books, he has found interesting and pertinent examples to illustrate his premise. Tipping points for significant change, people willing to devote 10000 hours striving for perfection, and the hidden ordinary. All entertaining and often surprising topics for books.

What Gladwell masterfully achieved in previous books was finding relevant, interesting examples. In David and Goliath he finds neither. The first chapter about David's unlikely defeat of Goliath establishes the premise for the book - the underdog is often not the underdog. The remaining chapters unsuccessfully attempt to relate this premise to diverse challenges all around us - dyslexia, our educational system, strategies for basketball. I found his efforts to further his premise to be forced and, in many cases, unsupported by facts. Observing interesting similarities does not lead to a cause-and-effect conclusion. One or two anecdotal examples do not make a scientific discovery. An author in search of his next book does not make for compelling reading.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Love Gladwell's writing, but not this book 18 octobre 2013
Par Chris O - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I've read all of Gladwell's previous books, and found them to be highly enjoyable. As such, I pre-ordered D&G; I had very high hopes for this text, and I was let down with a resounding thud. The writing doesn't flow very well, and is highly redundant from section to section. Also, while I understand that Gladwell is not making his points through the rigors of hard science, some of his stories had such obvious flaws and valid counterarguments that it was insulting to my intelligence. I made it through 100 pages and finally gave up - I found nothing in those first 100 pages to be worthwhile. A disappointing effort from a gifted story teller.
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