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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants

David and Goliath:  Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants

by Malcolm Gladwell,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 29, 2013

In "David and Goliath," Malcolm Gladwell, the clever and counterintuitive author of "The Tipping Point," "Blink" and "Outliers," argues that the powerful are not as powerful as they seem and that being an underdog can open doors, create opportunities and make possible what had been deemed unthinkable. Gladwell is a gifted storyteller and his accounts of basketball strategy, cancer research, dyslexia, choosing the right college, affirmative action in law schools, losing a parent, the impact of "remote misses" in the bombing of London, and resisting the Nazis are informative and often compelling. In "David and Goliath," however, his zeal to trumpet the "advantages" of physical disabilities, suffering, discrimination and adversity leads to exaggerated and unjustifiable claims.

 

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