“David and Goliath,” Malcolm Gladwell’s newest book is about “underdogs, misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.”
His thesis is simply that might has its weaker sides, just as Goliath had not prepared for David’s slingslot.
Gladwell touches on a variety of subjects, such as the theme that small school classes make for better learning, and the story of successful dyslexics.
He cites the mistaken belief that aerial bombing in World War II would paralyze the civilian population, or that draconian police measures, such as the “three strikes” law would reduce crime.
He describes the Irish “troubles” where the British were entangled for decades in unnecessary violence perpetrated by their own actions in Northern Ireland.