Why are we so often surprised when underdogs win?
Do Goliaths make mistakes in spite of their strength—or because of it? When does a disability leave someone better off? Why are the childhoods of people at the top of so many professions marked by deprivation? 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.
New York Times bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell will be selling and signing copies of his new book, David and Goliath, following the event.
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Jacob Weisberg is one of America's most prominent writers on politics and policy and a successful pioneer in online publishing.
He is chairman and editor-in-chief of The Slate Group, a new division of The Washington Post Company tasked with developing a family of Internet-based publications through start-ups and acquisitions. The flagship publication is Slate magazine.
While serving as Slate’s Editor (2002-2008), Jacob saw the online magazine turn a profit. He greatly expanded its content, broadened its advertising base and launched several new initiatives. In 2008, Slate won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence Online.
Jacob oversaw the launch of The Big Money (2008-2010), a website dedicated to economic analysis and commentary with user tools.
Jacob is the author of several books, including The Bush Tragedy, which was a New York Times bestseller in 2008, and the Bushisms series. With former Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, he co-wrote In an Uncertain World, which was published in 2003. His first book, In Defense of Government, was published in 1996.
Jacob writes a bi-weekly column for Newsweek. He has also been a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, a contributing editor of Vanity Fair and a reporter for Newsweek in London and Washington, as well as a weekly editorial-page columnist for the Financial Times. He is a frequent commentator on National Public Radio.
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