According to Malcolm Gladwell in his latest book, "David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants," the answer is not so simple. Gladwell asserts that qualities we generally perceive as strengths can be a source of weakness. Conversely, the lack of those things can be an advantage. He also explores how being an underdog changes a person. In some cases, facing impossible odds creates opportunities.
Since the publication of his first book, "The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference," Gladwell's trademark has become taking commonplace subjects and writing something completely original. He writes in a conversational style and uses many real-world examples to support his claims.
In "David and Goliath" Gladwell writes about a 12-year-old girls basketball team, a pastor in a small French town during World War II, a famous photograph of the American civil rights movement, and the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Each chapter focuses on how one individual faces their own particular Goliath.
The book is accessible and thought-provoking. Gladwell has a real talent for taking what you think you know, turning it around, and encouraging you to see something new.
--Jennifer A., Headquarters