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Gladwell Tells Us Stuff Only Dummies Don’t Know: Books

In “David and Goliath,” Malcolm Gladwell delves into important ideas about power and accomplishment. He contends that children faced with difficult obstacles, such as dyslexia or the loss of a parent, often develop skills that make them successes later in life.

He maintains that great force is not always enough to overcome courage and determination -- in the case, for example, of southern racists versus black civil-rights workers in the 1960s, or the British government versus Northern Irish Catholics in the 1970s.