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



David and Goliath


Who Wrote It?


Malcolm Gladwell, interestingly coiffed journalist, speaker and influential thinker.


Plot in a Box:


Gladwell looks into what really makes society’s winners and losers and explodes a few myths along the way.


Invent a new title for this book:


Why Being the Underdog Does Not Always Suck


Read this if you liked:


Any ‘minority report’ journalism: Levitt and Dubner's Freakonomics, Bait and Switch by Barbara Ehrenreich, You are Not So Smart by David McRaney.


Meet the book’s lead:


As the title suggests Gladwell's book contains two leads:

Goliath - the misplaced assumption that power and money make for success

David - the misplaced assumption that the little feller cannot win


Said leads would be portrayed in a movie by:


Goliath - a cigar-chewing Arnold Schwarzenegger (or possibly, if you want to represent orgiastic excess, a cigar-chewing Paris Hilton)

David - any actor who excels at unlikely heroes or love interests. Jay 'She's Out of Your League' Baruchel would be perfect.


Setting: would you want to live there?


Gladwell describes a world where being big, powerful and rich doesn’t guarantee you’ll win. I’m in!


What was your favorite sentence?


Slightly off-topic but this quote encapsulates Gladwell's easy, engaging style:

Paul Cézanne, tall and gruff, would come and sit moodily in the corner, his trousers held up with string.


The Verdict:


Read the rest of Cath Murphy's review here.