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David And Goliath

by Daniel Scheffler
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Monday Oct 14, 2013
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One of the world’s most anticipated writers has brought his latest yummy maker, "David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants." Always offering a delicious snack of information useful to meetings, dinners and the conversation you’re having on the treadmill, Gladwell has cornered the market of interesting analysis.

His latest, another bright-eyed book, does exactly that - it does a Gladwell analysis relating to obstacles and disadvantages. It starts with a religious moment -- the David and Goliath story -- and presents a new way of looking at how David perhaps should have beat the giant after all. Perhaps it was not just his wonderful physique and good luck (or was it because he was chanting some hymns?) -- but rather a real situation of overcoming adversity that makes you work just so much harder.

Gladwell, the smartest man in any room, has a superb way of taking a book and turning it instantly into a page-turner. Every idea, every thought and every piece of information becomes the drug, and he is the dealer. He brings in the experts, and that’s where the drugs get good. Scientists, idea mongers, economists and the philosophers all contribute and get you to salivate more. He is very convincing.

He brings common sense to the table, something Congress and The House of Representatives could do with right now, and it feels fresher than ever.

Not only does Gladwell suggest that being the underdog or misfit (or whatever the kids are calling it these days) is actually an advantage, he also suggests that being the alpha dog, or Ivy League queen, might be a disadvantage. He brings common sense to the table -- something Congress could do with right now -- and it feels fresher than ever.

To each his own, yes, but somehow nobody ignores Gladwell. He has that kind of mind, and that kind of writing style. Just recall "Outliers" or "Blink" or the heaps of "New Yorker" articles the man produces -- he has a point. and it can possibly save the world from more disastrous thinking. The Republican Party can hire him for some new blood -- it might even do them some good with the Midwest conservatives and Tea Party hungry for a modern story about David and Goliath.

It might not all be completely solid in terms of ideas and research but what this book does is it breaks open your mind and allows for some new air to come flowing in. That, if anything, is worth more than hard core research, facts, and... let’s face it... religion.

"David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants"
Malcolm Gladwell
Little, Brown and Company
$15.95

by Malcolm Gladwell

Daniel Scheffler is a writer who spends his time in New York, Cape Town and India. Follow him on Twitter @danielscheffler

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