Why do underdogs succeed so much more than we expect? How do the weak outsmart the strong? In David and Goliath Malcolm Gladwell, no.1 bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw, 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.
'A global phenomenon... there is, it seems, no subject over which he cannot scatter some magic dust' Observer
When you read it, you feel like you can topple giants
I devoured it in a single reading, being a Gladwell addict for many years
His most accessible book ... A Scheherazade for our time, talking to keep us going and make us think
His best yet ... intoxicating, powerful ... more socially and morally engaged than his previous work
Lovely ... as with most of Gladwell's books he had me at hello - the initial thesis is simply irresistible
Truly intriguing and inspiring ... unforgettable
As always, Gladwell's sweep is breathtaking and thought-provoking ... I've long admired Gladwell's work
Fascinating ... Gladwell is a master of synthesis. This perennially bestselling author prides himself on radical re-thinking and urges the rest of us to follow suit
David and Goliath readers will travel with colorful characters who overcame great difficulties and learn fascinating facts about the Battle of Britain, cancer medicine and the struggle for civil rights, to name just a few topics upon which Mr. Gladwell's wide-ranging narrative touches. This is an entertaining book
From Malcolm Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers to David Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow, these books offer valuable insights into the complex workings of the human mind... including your own.