Book Review: David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

In David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, Malcolm Gladwell engages readers in situations with seemingly obvious answers and then turns what we think upside down. Consider the familiar story of David and Goliath. Was David’s victory improbable and miraculous?

Maybe not.

In this book, Gladwell challenges our thinking about obstacles and disadvantages, discriminations and disabilities, and sufferings from setbacks. He moves from one example to another: Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth’s struggles in Birmingham, Northern Ireland’s troubles, cancer researchers, the cost of revenge, and the dynamics of classrooms, all demonstrate that what is good and important arise from suffering and adversity.

Gladwell invites us to rethink our assumptions.

Other titles by Malcolm Gladwell: Outliers: The Story of Success.  Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference.

 --Carol K.