October 1, 2013
David and Goliath : Malcolm Gladwell subverts our assumptions about winners and losers in his newest work (Randy Dotinga, October 1, 2013, CS Monitor)
..it was hardly a fair fight.It's not just a rock that slays Goliath, it turns out, and David is more than a man with a slingshot. As Gladwell explains, being a hulk of a guy - or, as the behemoth's mother might have put it, just big-boned - gives Goliath advantages and disadvantages.The Big G isn't agile. He may suffer from a disease that boosts his size but hurts his vision. And his lavish confidence makes him oblivious to his own vulnerabilities. David, meanwhile, is armed with what one historian describes as the equivalent of a .45 automatic pistol, and he knows how to use it. So who's the real underdog here?
Posted by Orrin Judd at October 1, 2013 8:38 PM
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