David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

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I like Gladwell. I fully intend to keep reading his books as long as he keeps writing them. But now he seems to have run out of stories to choose from that can keep a book to a theme. This is a collection of stories where the result of an action is what you may or may not have expected, but you will tell the story again yourself later. Just like all his other books.

This book claims to be about “underdogs, misfits, and the art of battling giants.” He begins with his take on the truth behind the story of David and Goliath from the Bible. It turns out that it was not so amazing for the little guy to win, after all. “Judge me by my size, do you?” as another famous small warrior once said.

Gladwell tells interesting stories about the effects of school class size, and those of your peers in education. He tells of when people have overcome what seem to be weaknesses by developing other strengths that make them very good at something. Also, how to win at basketball and civil rights by not quite playing by the rules and being cleverer than the giant in question. And finally, why merely wielding power clumsily is often counterproductive.

This is very loosely tied together by it’s theme, but good stuff all the same.

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