David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
**Malcolm Gladwell, the #1 bestselling author of *The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers,* and *What the Dog Saw,* offers his most provocative—and dazzling—book yet.
Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and a sling, and ever since then the names of David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants. David’s victory was improbable and miraculous. He *shouldn’t* have won.
Or should he have?
In *David and Goliath* , Malcolm Gladwell ** challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.
Gladwell begins with the *real* story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago. From there, *David and Goliath* examines Northern Ireland’s Troubles, the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, murder and the high costs of revenge, and the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms—all to demonstrate how much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity.
In the tradition of Gladwell’s previous bestsellers— *The Tipping Point* , *Blink* , *Outliers* and *What the Dog Saw—* *David and Goliath* draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think of the world around us.
**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.” ( ** *New York Times Book Review*** ***David Leonhardt*** )
“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.” ( ** *Entertainment Weekly*** ***Gregory Kirschling*** )
“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.” ( ** *New York Times*** ***David Brooks*** )
“Thought-provoking, entertaining, and irresistibly debatable…[ *Outliers* ] is another winner from this agile social observer.” ( ** *Christian Science Monitor*** ***Heller McAlpin*** )
” *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*** )
**Praise for *Blink* :**
“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.” ( ** *Los Angeles Times*** ***Thane Rosenbaum*** )
” *Blink* moves quickly through a series of delightful stories. Always dazzling us with fascinating information and phenomena.” ( ** *New York Times Book Review*** ***David Brooks*** )
### About the Author
Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer at *The* *New Yorker* since 1996. He is 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.