David and Goliath
Updated: Oct 9, 2020
It's no secret, Malcolm Gladwell sure knows how to produce fascinating literary works. David and Goliath is the 5th Gladwell book I have consumed. When I get around to making another book order, it will most certainly include, What the Dog Saw, the only Gladwell book I have yet to read.
David and Goliath is an examination of misfits and underdogs throughout history, from all walks of life: from the shepherd boy mentioned in the title, to dyslexic entrepreneurs, to the Viet Cong. It is a lot to digest, but the underlying theme parallels the idea that things aren't always as they seem.
What might appear to be a disadvantage to the untrained eye may indeed be just the opposite. In many cases, those who are supposedly disadvantaged may actually be the overwhelming favorites, all things considered, even if those things considered seem to defy logic and common sense in the heat of the moment.
Before jumping to conclusions on these matters, Gladwell might warn you that"...sometimes shepherd boys aren't underdogs at all."
Don't take my word for it. Read a book.