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Malcolm Gladwell: “David and Goliath” | Talks at Google

Malcolm Gladwell, the original speaker for the Authors at Google series, returns to Mountain View for a discussion about his latest book: “David and Goliath”.

Malcolm was interviewed by Prasad Setty of the People Analytics group at Google.

Malcolm Gladwell, the #1 bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What the Dog Saw, offers his most provocative—and dazzling—book yet.

Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and a sling, and ever since then the names of David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants. David’s victory was improbable and miraculous. He shouldn’t have won. Or should he have?

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell 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.


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  1. I was told that david was a shepherd boy,  the story paints a picture that he is weak and that he fought this super man.  david picked up the giants sword and chopped his head off, didn't saw it for days or get help.   

  2. Can't you get a moderator that hasn't an indian accent? For people with english as their mother language it's not that big of a deal, but for people who has english as their second language it's quite difficult to follow the content and thinking about what was said, because you have to concentrate fully on his squeaky voice.

  3. Ugh, not this guy again. Gladwell's "10,000 hour rule" was proven utter nonsense and tripe. Why people continue to believe anything this tobacco industry shill/con artist says is beyond me.

  4. Malcolm's answer to the last question about how "Google can stay a giant, and not get slayed by a David" is so great. First of all, saying Google will surely go down, at Google just takes balls. Next, that it will inevitable be slayed by a David in the future, just as it was the David who slayed the search engine giant, Yahoo.

  5. The biggest gap is between Linux PC distroes protecting users privacy and that snooping by Google mobiles. Even Microsoft and Apple are not as terrible. Irony here is that Google uses Linux kernel. I have seriously considered to abandon smartphones if Google is the only choice.

  6. from about 50 mins.
    I am rather shocked to hear that pile of bullshit.
    I am sure that Gladwell knows full well that Adolf Ikman knew that he was working for the Zionists! there is no contradiction there. its time we started calling bullshit every time it shows its ugly face. just look at how they treat their neighbours now they have their own land! they behave as badly as the nazi they created in Germany

  7. Sir,pleaze reply to my question if you can.
    When Prasad Setty asks you about the motivation one gains by being with great people.You don't say on it but move to a completely new topic stating a kid who is smart will do good wherever he goes.So wont he do good if He goes to the best institution He is offered?If He does'nt compare himself to the guys smarter than Him instead learns from them He would be a better person and would be able to achieve his best.What will you say about this?

  8. Sir what if the elite colledges are having more opportunitues to delevep as an individual than the non elite ones?The people there are far far more intelligent than the people at the non elite ones?

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