by Malcolm Gladwell

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Gladwell takes on perceptions of advantage & disadvantage in his latest work of research that encompasses sociology, psychology, and history. Starting with the foundation of the story of David and Goliath--and the historical facts about this oft told story--Gladwell uses many examples from the real world to allow the reader to look at what seem to be obvious advantages/disadvantages in new ways. His case studies include class size, three stirkes laws, dsylexia, the London Blitz, and the U.S. Civil Rights movement, among others. Gladwell presents his findings in easily digestible chunks, and his narration is both clear and well-paced. Older teens (and parents) may find the chapter on prestigious universities of particular interest. Food for thought for anyone interested in social dynamics and perceptions.

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