Gladwell's (Blink) new title, he tells us, is "a book about what happens when ordinary people confront giants." Fans of the author's work will recognize the format from his previous books--an exploration of a central theory through a striking collection of anecdotes. Gladwell relates the stories of a variety of vivid, interesting "underdog" characters, and the book succeeds best when read for the pleasure of these tales. Readers looking for rigorous proof of Gladwell's claims about the advantages of disadvantage are less likely to find what they're looking for than are those interested in the author's entertaining storytelling. Gladwell himself is the reader and, aside from some his awkward narration of a few quotes, does a fine job of keeping his text engaging. VERDICT Gladwell's books are always thought-provoking and much talked about. This latest, while not as persuasive as some of his other works, is likely to be no different.--Heather Malcolm, Bow, WA[Page 58]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.