** David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

I’m a fan of Malcolm Gladwell, and I enjoyed David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, but I did not think it was nearly as well thought out as Outliers or his earlier titles. I believe the problem is that the book has two themes that do no coexist peacefully in the mind of this reader, at least: the battling giants theme announced in the title alongside the theme of the inverted-U curve, in other words: for many phenomena it’s not the case that more is better — a little more is better, a lot more is worse.

That being said, Gladwell’s stories are as entertaining and thought-provoking as ever, whether they show that true innovators are usually disagreeable, or that a very small classroom results in less learning.


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