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

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We all know that underdogs can winthat's what the David versus Goliath legend tells us, and we've seen it with our own eyes. Or have we? In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed. Gladwell examines the battlefields of Northern Ireland and Vietnam, takes us into the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, and digs into the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms all in an attempt to demonstrate how fundamentally we misunderstand the true meaning of advantages and disadvantages.

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Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996. He is the host of the podcast Revisionist History and the author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What the Dog Saw. Prior to joining The New Yorker, he was a reporter at the Washington Post. Gladwell was born in England and grew up in rural Ontario. He now lives in New York.

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Praise for Outliers:

"In the vast world of nonfiction writing, Malcolm Gladwell is as close to a singular talent as exists today...Outliers is a pleasure to read and leaves you mulling over its inventive theories for days afterward."―David Leonhardt, New York Times Book Review

"The explosively entertaining Outliers might be Gladwell's best and most useful work yet...There are both brilliant yarns and life lessons here: Outliers is riveting science, self-help, and entertainment, all in one book."―Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly

"No other book I read this year combines such a distinctive prose style with truly thought-provoking content. Gladwell writes with a high degree of dazzle but at the same time remains as clear and direct as even Strunk or White could hope for."―Atlanta Journal Constitution

"[An] important new book...Gladwell intelligently captures a larger tendency of thought-the growing appreciation of the power of cultural patterns, social contagions, memes...Gladwell's social determinism is a useful corrective to the Homo economicus view of human nature."―David Brooks, New York Times

"Thought-provoking, entertaining, and irresistibly debatable...[Outliers] is another winner from this agile social observer."―Heller McAlpin, Christian Science Monitor

"Outliers is required reading for boardroom and watercooler crowds alike."―Men's Health

"In Outliers, Gladwell (The Tipping Point) once again proves masterful in a genre he essentially pioneered-the book that illuminates secret patterns behind everyday phenomena."―Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Tipping Point

"A fascinating book that makes you see the world in a different way."―Fortune

"Gladwell's theories could be used to run businesses more effectively, to turn products into runaway bestsellers, and perhaps most important, to alter human behavior."―New York Times

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"A real pleasure...Brims with surprising insights about our world and ourselves."―Salon.com

"Intoxicating".Gladwell is an engaging writer and a first-rate tour guide.?―Thane Rosenbaum, Los Angeles Times

"BLINK moves quickly through a series of delightful stories?.Always dazzling us with fascinating information and phenomena."―David Brooks, New York Times Book Review

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