Video from a Live Talks Los Angeles event with Malcolm Gladwell in conversation with Tim Long discussing Gladwell's book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants. The talk took place October 7th, 2013 at Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles. For more information on Live Talks Los Angeles, visit: livetalksla.org
Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer with The New Yorker since 1996. He is the bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What the Dog Saw. In 2005, he was named one of Time‘s 100 Most Influential People. From 1987 to 1996, he was a reporter with the Washington Post, where he covered business, science, and then served as the newspaper’s New York City bureau chief. He graduated from the University of Toronto, Trinity College, with a degree in history. He was born in England, grew up in rural Ontario, and now lives in New York City.
We all know that underdogs can win–that’s what the David versus Goliath legend tells us, and we’ve seen it with our own eyes. Or have we? In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell, with his unparalleled ability to grasp connections others miss, uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed. Gladwell examines the battlefields of Northern Ireland and Vietnam, takes us into the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, and digs into the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms–all in an attempt to demonstrate how fundamentally we misunderstand the true meaning of advantages and disadvantages. When is a traumatic childhood a good thing? When does a disability leave someone better off? Do you really want your child to go to the best school he or she can get into? Why are the childhoods of people at the top of one profession after another marked by deprivation and struggle?
Malcolm Gladwell interviewed David Goldhill at Live Talks Los Angeles in February 2013 on fixing healthcare in America. Here’s the video.
Tim Long is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer for The Simpsons. He is also a former Head Writer for Late Show With David Letterman. In addition to his work for television, Long has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Vanity Fair.