Presenter of thought-provoking theories and analyses of societal trends, journalist
and author Malcolm Gladwell arrived on the literary scene in 2000 with
his first book, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, followed by 2005’s Blink: The Power
of Thinking Without Thinking. Now, he's on a book tour discussing his latest book, David & Goliath: Misfits, Underdogs and the Art of Battling Giants.
For a public figure as visible, controversial and outspoken as the Rev.
Al Sharpton, whose every move and words are scrutinized by the media, a
book by him would appear to be redundant. But it has been a decade or so since he last stopped to summarize his
often tumultuous life and those moments here provide a neat update,
particularly when divulged within a format of 23 life lessons.
Bird watchers, not those ornithologists armed with binoculars looking
for the latest rare specimen on wing, but jazz lovers eagerly awaiting
the arrival of Stanley Crouch’s study of Charlie “Yardbird” Parker, the
wingless immortal, can now exhale. Crouch’s biography, Kansas City
Lightning—The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker is finally here after
some thirty years of gestation.