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Let's discuss two books by Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell, a Canadian journalist and staff writer for The New Yorker, has written five books, all of which have made the New York Times best seller list. His work deals with the unexpected implications of research in the social sciences and make frequent and extended use of academic work, particularly in the areas of sociology, psychology, and social psychology. We have chosen two of his books to discuss. One is THE TIPPING POINT; HOW LITTLE THINGS CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE (2000); the second is DAVID AND GOLIATH; UNDERDOGS, MISFITS AND THE ART OF FIGHTING GIANTS (2013). The Tipping Point came from the sudden drop in crime in NYC and Gladwell's attempt to understand it and similar phenomena by looking at it through the lens of epidemiology. In David and Goliath, Gladwell points out that the Bible treats David's victory as an anomaly but in fact, "Davids win all the time." From political revolutionaries versus dictators to the poor versus the privileged, Gladwell shows how underdogs throughout history have been able to triumph time and time again over opponents with much more power. Read one book or both and come to share your own experiences and comments.

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  • Janna

    The group had an engaging discussion mainly about David and Goliath. I always leave the club meeting impressed by the insights of the always varied participants.

    December 16, 2014

  • Susan W.

    Good number of folks for a well-paced discussion! Enjoyed the exchange!

    December 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great!

    December 16, 2014

  • John G.

    I think I will be finished with David and Goliath by Monday, but I doubt I'll have a chance to read Tipping Point. Will that be a problem?

    December 10, 2014

  • Evelyn D.

    Gladwell has three TED talks including one on David and Goliath -- see https://www.ted.com/talks/malcolm_gladwell_the_unheard_story_of_david_and_goliath#t[masked] . Might be a partial substitute for reading the book. It's fun to see him in person. I guess the 2+ million viewers of the Ted Talk would agree.

    December 10, 2014

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