David y Goliat: Desvalidos, inadaptados y el arte de luchar contra gigantes [NOOK Book]

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¿Estamos seguros de que el poderoso siempre lleva las de ganar? Un libro magníficamente escrito sobre las poderosas ventajas de lo poco convencional

Hace 3.000 años, en un campo de batalla de la antigua Palestina, un pastor derribó a un poderoso guerrero valiéndose únicamente de una piedra y una honda. Desde entonces los nombres de David y Goliat se han convertido en el símbolo de la lucha entre el desvalido y el gigante. La victoria de David ...

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David y Goliat: Desvalidos, inadaptados y el arte de luchar contra gigantes

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Overview

¿Estamos seguros de que el poderoso siempre lleva las de ganar? Un libro magníficamente escrito sobre las poderosas ventajas de lo poco convencional

Hace 3.000 años, en un campo de batalla de la antigua Palestina, un pastor derribó a un poderoso guerrero valiéndose únicamente de una piedra y una honda. Desde entonces los nombres de David y Goliat se han convertido en el símbolo de la lucha entre el desvalido y el gigante. La victoria de David fue inverosímil y milagrosa. No debería haber ganado. ¿O sí?

En David y Goliat, Malcolm Gladwellcuestiona el modo en el que pensamos sobre obstáculos y desventajas, ofreciendo una nueva interpretación de lo que significa ser discriminado, vivir con una discapacidad, perder a un padre, tener que ir a una universidad mediocre o sufrir cualquier otro tipo de desgracia.

Gladwell parte de la historia real de lo que sucedió hace siglos entre el gigante y el pastor. Desde ahí, David y Goliat analiza el conflicto de Irlanda del Norte, la mente de los investigadores del cáncer y la de los líderes de los derechos civiles, el alto precio de la venganza y la dinámica de las clases que obtienen buenos resultados, y de las que no, para demostrar cuánto de lo que hay de bello y de importante en el mundo se origina en el sufrimiento y en la adversidad.

En la tradición de sus anteriores best sellers -Inteligencia intuitiva, La clave del éxito, Fueras de serie y Lo que vio el perro-, Gladwell recurre a la historia, a la psicología, a la ciencia y a su maestría como narrador para dar nueva forma al modo en que concebimos el mundo que nos rodea.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788430607433
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial España
  • Publication date: 11/27/2013
  • Language: Spanish
  • Sold by: RANDOM HOUSE MONDADORI
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 556,817
  • File size: 935 KB

Meet the Author

Malcolm Gladwell
Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for The New Yorker and a bestselling author of narrative nonfiction that examines the intersection of science and culture. In 2005, Time Magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential People.

Biography

At the start of the 21st century, a new form of narrative nonfiction emerged, blending science, sociology, and pop culture into a compulsively readable hybrid genre marked by originality, accessibility, and a breezy, anecdotal style. As much as any single writer, and perhaps more than most, journalist and bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell has helped to forge that genre.

Born in the U.K. and raised in rural Canada, Gladwell stumbled into journalism purely by accident. After college, he wanted to pursue a career in advertising; but when he was unable to find work in that field, he took a job with the conservative U.S. monthly The American Spectator. In 1987, he joined The Washington Post, where he reported on business and science for nearly a decade. Then, in 1996, Tina Brown hired him to work for The New Yorker. (Brown left the magazine in 1998. Gladwell is still on staff.)

Almost from the beginning, Gladwell's work for The New Yorker attracted attention. Of particular interest was a piece he wrote in June 1996 about a mysterious and dramatic drop in the New York City crime rate. Drawing its title -- and its argument -- from the field of epidemiology, "The Tipping Pont" described a single moment in time when the momentum for change becomes virtually unstoppable. The piece generated an enormous reader response, and Gladwell began to explore the applications of the principle to other sorts of changes -- ideas, behaviors, new products, etc. In 2000, he published a full-length book that reached a tipping point of its own and logged a spectacular 28 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

In subsequent books, Gladwell has delved into other thought-provoking topics, such as the role of snap judgments and intuition in decision making (Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking) and the qualities that set high achievers apart from the rest of us (Outliers: The Story of Success). Readers love these intriguing reads for their clear, accessible language and illustrations drawn from real life; but it is the business community, always anxious to spot the next big thing, that has recognized the relevance of Gladwell's ideas to sales, marketing, and public relations. As a result of his popularity with this group, he has become a much-in-demand public speaker.

Good To Know

  • Gladwell's English father is a civil engineer and his mother is a Jamaican-born psychotherapist.

  • Growing up in Canada at a time when the country was essentially a socialist nation, Gladwell was a self-professed right-wing kid. "Being a conservative was the kind of fun, radical thing to do," he told The New York Times. He notes that his politics have changed over the years.

  • When Gladwell decided to grow his formerly short and conservatively cut hair into an Afro, he began to receive special, unwanted attention (more speeding tickets, additional checks in airport security lines, etc.). These experiences got him thinking about how first impressions lead to snap judgments -- which inspired his bestseller Blink.

  • Starbucks' founder Howard Schultz publicly attributed his company's success to the tipping-point phenomenon.

  • In 2005, Time Magazine named Gladwell one of the 100 Most Influential People.

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      1. Hometown:
        New York, NY
      1. Date of Birth:
        September 3, 1963
      2. Place of Birth:
        England, U.K.
      1. Education:
        University of Toronto, History degree, 1984

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