David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell Book Group Discussion Questions

We will be discussing David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell at this week’s Las Vegas Non-Fiction Book Group, here are the questions I will be using to keep the conversation going:

Do you feel that all these stories tie in with the theme introduced at the beginning of the book?

Is it true to say that “we consistently get these kinds of conflicts wrong” by failing to realize that giants have weaknesses, and that underdogs can accomplish the unexpected?

After reading this book, would you want your kid in a small class at school?

Would you prefer to be a big fish in a small pond or a guppy at Harvard?

Would you wish dyslexia on your child?

Do you agree that disagreeableness follows when the worst that can happen to you has already happened?

Does experiencing a remote miss promote a willingness to take more risks?

Would you have given away all those turkeys on Thanksgiving?

Was Mrs Derksen David or Goliath?  Or in fact neither?

Which was your favourite case study?

Did any of these case studies change your perception of things a great deal?

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