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Book Summary, Review & Analysis: David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, And The Art of Battling Giants (A Summary, Review & Analysis)

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ISBN-13: 978-1494410315
ISBN-10: 1494410311
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Product Details

  • Series: A Summary, Review & Analysis
  • Paperback: 34 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1494410311
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494410315
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,161,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've read every book by Malcolm Gladwell, and he's definitely one of my favorite authors. Gladwell is very good at breaking down academic concepts or complex ideas into simple language that is both entertaining and intellectually stimulating. Anyways, when I bought David and Goliath, I saw this analysis also. My first thought was: what's the point? I'm going to buy the book and read it no matter what, because it's a Malcolm Gladwell book, so why would I need a summary like this? But then I figured, what the heck, it's just a few bucks, why not give it a try. So after reading the first 4 parts of David and Goliath (up through the focus on dyslexia), I started going through this summary to sort of review. It does a solid job of reviewing the key content; it helps drill all the big ideas into your head. So that aspect of it is pretty good in my opinion, but not entirely necessary if you have a good memory. But the most useful part in my opinion is the analysis and commentary, which adds a bit of flavor and outside ideas that Gladwell himself doesn't discuss. The questions raised about the "desirable difficulties" faced by prison inmates provides a fascinating back-and-forth perspective. There are two sides to this argument over the benefits attained by an underdog or "misfit" status. But this summary didn't have quite as much of this deeper analysis in the chapter sections as I would have liked. I think it would have been better to mix more of the analysis and commentary into the chapter sections. But that said, there is a nice balance overall between "summary" and "commentary." I'd give the writing a 4.5 star rating, the analysis 4 to 5 stars, but the summary portion maybe just 3.5 stars. Overall, it's worth the price if you're a Gladwell fan like myself.
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Not the 'larger than life' giants --- but the obstacles and disadvantages giants that so often dominate our lives. The original book by Gladwell is a must-read for anyone who is faced with the prospect of battling their own giants.

Having read the original, I find that this summary version is nicely balanced between summary of the original book, and commentary on the book.

Each chapter's well-written summary is short and concise. Of course, it's not the whole chapter - just a nicely condensed version that hits all of the high points. You get the heart of the original book in a unique and fast-paced format.
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I am a big reader so I was a little apprehensive to just buy the summary. I gave it a try since it was cheaper than the book and it was definitely a good buy. The book gave a small summary of each chapter and outlined certain points. One of my favorites was chapter 6 Wyatt Walker and his defeat of Bull Conner by making him expose his own self and is racist ways. This summary ended up being a good purchase and very telling.
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This novel definitely has its advantages and its disadvantages, just as it has it’s points and it’s downsides. I’m a rather particular reader and it takes quite a great amount of effort, or skill, or originality to capture my attention. Interestingly enough, Gladwell makes me spark an interest, and I have to say he made many great points that caused me to think. This summary was great because it was rather concise in it's points and details, which is something a lot of finicky readers will appreciate. This summary overall, did a pretty good job at surmising Gladwell's points and describing them to the reader in a believable and understandable form.

Particularly in Chapter 4, Gladwell touches on the concept of different learning techniques and makes a really solid point in proving the case that it is not true that those who are at a disadvantage or under a handicap are not capable of achieving the success of extraordinarily skilled or even regular people. I agreed with many of the points Gladwell made, and I found the book overall refreshing, however there are some statements that he makes that I feel don’t always compliment other points he makes, and sometimes contradict them. For someone who is a finicky reader who wants to be stimulated, and doesn’t mind disagreeing at a few points with the author; this book is for you. It’s a great choice to readers who are open to other opinions and like to contemplate.
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ok,ok it says SUMMARY across the top - I was moving way too fast and of course buyer be ware but this is baby stuff. 10 bucks down mr. toilet. now I have to go back and oh no ! buy the real book. unplug, chill, focus and read a book! a real book, not some joker's wee summary. give me a break - how about you create something mr. summary guy
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Monotone reading, takes away from the book, actually looked at other audio books to see if they were the same and they are not they seem to have real people as readers, with enthusiasm.
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Pairing this with Gladwells book allowed me to power read through it without missing anything. I love the 'key points to take away' at the end of every chapter.
A particular interest to me is the concept of 'desirable difficulties' discussed in part 2. As mentioned in chapter 5 of the book, I lost a parent at an early age. In fact, I lost both my parents before the age of 16. I also have other factors I personally consider to be 'desirable difficulties' such as the fact that I have 2 young children, whom I had young, while I am working my way though school. I enjoy my success more, knowing I am thriving in a situation that would stop many dead in their tracks. It was interesting to read the studies that pair with the fact that having certain difficulties can contribute toward success. I was also interested in the fact that a comparable number of inmates share the same difficulties. I guess it goes to show things like that can either 'make or break' you, so to speak.
Over all I was happy with the purchase. A very interesting read, and this helped me zoom through it.
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