David and Goliath
Malcolm Gladwell is one of my favorite non-fiction authors because he manages to turn the mundane into fascinating reading. David and Goliath is a book about how some underdogs have become enormously successful due to their perceived weaknesses. He starts the book off with the story David and Goliath and explains why shepherd David was successful against the giant warrior. Gladwell believes being an underdog comes with some advantages-some of which are the ability to break traditions and rules, the motivation to try new things, and the necessity of developing other skills to make up for perceived deficiencies.
Probably because my son is a college student, my favorite chapter in the book has to do with choosing colleges and why it's better to be a big fish in a little pond, rather than the other way around. If you have a child who is applying to or choosing a college soon, this chapter is a must-read! Even if you don't, this book is one not to miss!