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Malcolm Gladwell: Why David beats Goliath

May 8, 2009

In the New Yorker, “The Tipping Point” and “Outliers” author Malcolm Gladwell has an intriguing article about the more-frequent-than-expected victories of Davids over Goliaths, in everything from girls basketball to armed military conflict. One of the theories:

When underdogs choose not to play by Goliath’s rules, they win, Arreguín-Toft concluded, “even when everything we think we know about power says they shouldn’t.”

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  1. john permalink
    May 8, 2009 1:48 pm

    The basketball example may be apt for little league basketball, but the reason teams don’t play full court defense at higher levels is because it takes more talent and depth to do so.

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