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Little, Brown and Company
<strong>Malcolm Gladwell, the #1 bestselling author of <i>The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, </i>and <i>What the Dog Saw,</i> offers his most provocative---and dazzling---book yet.<br></strong><br>Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient <ST1:CITY w:st="on"><ST1:PLACE w:st="on">Palestine</ST1:PLACE></ST1:CITY>, 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 <i>shouldn't </i>have won. <br><br>Or should he have? <br><br>In <i>David and Goliath</i>, Malcolm Gladwell<i> </i>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.<br><br>Gladwell begins with the <i>real</i> story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago. From there, <i>David and Goliath</i> 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. <br><br>In the tradition of Gladwell's previous bestsellers---<i>The Tipping Point</i>, <i>Blink</i>, <i>Outliers</i> and <i>What the Dog Saw---</i><i>David and Goliath</i> draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think of the world around us.