Name: Grant Judd Date: 10/5/2017 Period: 1
Book Title: David and Goliath Genre: Non-fiction
Author: Malcolm Gladwell Number of Pages: 305 Pages
NON-FICTION BOOK REPORT
“The powerful and the strong are not always what they seem.”
David and Goliath – Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants is an informative and thought-provoking non-fiction book written by Malcolm Gladwell. This 305-page book begins with the Biblical story of David and Goliath, followed by an explanation of how society views this classic battle the wrong way, which prepares readers for its message. This introductory story is followed by nine chapters, each one telling a symbolic story of modern battles between “David and Goliath”, in order to persuade…show more content… In a broad sense, the audience of David and Goliath is any person who enjoys reading and is knowledgeable about popular books. However, this group is quite different than Gladwell's intended audience. Every chapter addresses a different group of people, and since they are directly mentioned, these groups have the most to gain from this book. The groups are given specific examples of people with similar lives and issues as them, and Gladwell proposes ideas that would benefit them. Specifically, these groups are immigrants, minorities, college students, parents, people with disabilities, war victims, civil rights advocates, and victims of traumatic experiences. Malcolm Gladwell tries to change people’s opinion of underdogs, and he tries to help groups in difficult situations.
Malcolm Gladwell uses the Biblical story of David and Goliath and other modern-day versions to demonstrate his three main points; that there are disadvantages to advantages, advantages to disadvantages, and that there are some desirable disabilities. Gladwell states that what he "was trying to do with his book was get people to take a step back from easy assumptions about what makes the most sense." (2) Another purpose of Malcolm Gladwell's book is to convince people never to underestimate any group or individual with a forced weakness or disadvantage. In all nine chapters, there are underdogs facing difficult challenges. The ending of each chapter’s story has underdogs winning