Do you know how to make your eight hours flight become eighty minutes? Grab David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants, and you for sure will know how. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants is a non-fiction book written by the famous author Malcolm Gladwell. Malcolm Gladwell is an English-born Canadian journalist, author, and speaker.
David and Goliath used individual case studies and comparisons to provide a broad range of examples where factors believed to be significant disadvantages turn out to be advantages. These disadvantages are the keys to the underdog David’s victory against the giant Goliath. Gladwell also discusses Teresa Debrito and the inverted-U curve theory, which states that too small or large size class is not an advantage, and the best classes theoretically are in the middle. Also, Gladwell argues about the great nineteenth century French Impressionists painters Pissarro and Monet who were struggling to be accepted by the Salon the most famous art exhibit in Europe. Being an underdog or misfortune or even disability is not the end of the road. Instead of thinking these obstacles are pulling you back, believe that they will push you forward. Gladwell focuses in his book on the bright side of the story, and how is it possible for any ordinary person to beat the odds and to overcome stressful situations.
He targeted both regular people and famous people, who could be living next door to anyone, as the focus of his text. Gladwell wrote for reader’s who feel like an underdog. He always asks the readers to think what they would do if they had to fill the book character’s shoes. The book is readable and engaging, yet the ideas are complex.
Some critics were pleased with the book. Mark Liberman points out that “such books are valuable,” and some of them weren’t happy with his tone, and accused him of being selective. Like John Gray states that Gladwell was “…