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David & Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants - Malcolm Gladwell

I got this book through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway. The idea of studying why and how underdogs beat the odds is intriguing. Gladwell uses two or more real-life examples in every chapter and tie them together with some statistical data to support his premise, but I thought the connection between the examples, as well as between them and the David vs. Goliath theory, becomes more flimsy in the third part of the book. The lack of an epilogue to tie the mishmash of stories together also doesn't help in adding cohesion. But Gladwell is a really good storyteller, and his writing flows very well. I particularly enjoyed the chapters about perceptions of advantages and disadvantages in education, as I was a teacher for a few years.