Monday, February 10, 2014


Malcolm Gladwell has written another intriguing book, this time an exploration of underdogs and overachievers.  Gladwell has a knack for discovering connections between seemingly unconnected subjects, and David and Goliath is no exception.

In David and Goliath, Gladwell explores everything from the Biblical story (the introduction) to a high school girl's basketball team to Harvard admissions and graduation statistics to famous personalities and their respective achievements.  Better yet, the book is a type of sociological, and at times pscyhological, study of personality and conflict.

In addition, what makes Gladwell's books so interesting is the spare language and concise (even precise) writing.  Nothing is wasted. 

So . . . what's next for this wild-eyed New Yorker staff writer?  Difficult to say.  Gladwell defies categorization. 

But this might, of course, be the very thing that defines him. 

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