Underdogs, Misfits And The Art Of Battling Giants Book Analysis

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Malcolm Gladwell’s “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants” is overall about how disadvantages can be advantages and vice versa. I think one purpose of this story was to provide the audience with a new perspective of how to face hardship and challenges. To inspire people to view obstacles and challenges in a different way. Malcolm Gladwell starts the book by retelling the bible story of David and Goliath and how it affected our view of what it takes to defeat a “giant.” In this case, a giant can refer to any obstacle, for example a disability, misfortune, or some type of oppression. He uses the book to connect to different events and praises the underdog. Malcolm suggests that what gives the giant its strength …show more content…
Throughout the book, Gladwell used real-life examples to support his claim that our perspective of challenges or disadvantages are not as they seem. These examples include: A basketball coach plays to their strengths allowing the team to defeat more experienced teams, children who adapt to having dyslexia can potentially overcome more difficult obstacles in the future, a student chooses to an ivy league over a local university which due to the difficult curriculum hinders her chances of graduating, etc. With each example, he explains how they are resolved and connects to the ‘David and Goliath’ battle. After reading this book, I must admit that I am inspired because I have always felt like somewhat of an underdog of sorts as a child. In my favorite quote in the book, he states that what give the giants its strength, can in return be seen as its downfall or weakness. “Giants are not what we think they are. The same qualities that appear to give them strength are often the sources of great weakness. And the fact of being an underdog can change people in ways that we often fail to appreciate: it can open doors and create opportunities and educate and enlighten and make possible what might otherwise have seemed unthinkable.” Honestly, I have never really thought about it like that, nor have I thought about how there could be

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