As Mr. Gladwell specifies, “David and Goliath” sets out to explore two — just two — ideas. The first is that there is greatness and beauty in David-Goliath fights, at least when the underdog wins. The second is that “we consistently get these kinds of conflicts wrong” by failing to realize that giants have weaknesses, and that underdogs can accomplish the unexpected. If “David and Goliath” were a more serious book, it would have to apply that thought to terrorism. But, as Dr. Taubman implies, Mr. Gladwell is not in the business of providing disturbing information.
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