The idea that because things have gotten better in the past they will continue to do so in the future is a fallacy I would have thought confined to the lower reaches of Wall Street.
Malcolm Gladwell is a Canadian journalist and the author of five New York Times
bestsellers: The Tipping Point
, What the Dog Saw
, and now, his latest, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants
. He has been named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time
magazine and one of Foreign Policy
magazine’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers.”
Gladwell has explored how ideas spread in the Tipping Point
, decision making in Blink
and the roots of success in Outliers
. With David and Goliath
he examines our understanding of the advantages of disadvantages, arguing that we have underestimated the value of adversity and over-estimated the value of privilege.
Gladwell has been a staff writer for The New Yorker
since 1996. He has won a national magazine award and been honoured by the American Psychological Society and the American Sociological Society. He was previously a reporter for The Washington Post