Malcolm Gladwell had us waiting a couple of years since his last book, Outliers. His latest, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, will not disappoint. In the opening chapter, Gladwell unfolds the well-known but, in the author’s estimation, misunderstood story of David and Goliath. That chapter is worth the price of the book.
With that as a reference point, Gladwell tells story after significant story of how the underdog very often conquers or, at the very least, disables the giant. Conviction, adversity, and suffering at personal, corporate, political, or societal levels can lead to surprising, table-turning outcomes. Gladwell, a staff writer for The New Yorker, is also the author of previous bestsellers Blink and The Tipping Point. (Little, Brown)