Malcolm Gladwell in UPenn

Gladwell came to talk about his new book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. He quickly told us about a typical example included in his book, about the "start" of the troubles up in Northern Ireland, but spent the majority of the time telling us a non-book story: that of Alva Belmont, a huge figure in the fight for women's suffrage in the US. As is probably guessable, his story-telling abilities aren't limited to the written word.


Sadly I didn't get a free copy of the book (a decent number of people did), but I'm sure to get it at some stage. I don't think it's necessary to think that Gladwell is right about everything he writes about to enjoy his work.

Also, the event photographer was amusing to a certain degree, hiding behind banners and so on to get his shots: