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Let's discuss two books by Malcolm Gladwell

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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.