Malcolm Gladwell, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
So many of us become lawyers because we want to help the underdogs, which probably explains why I picked up this book in the first place. I enjoyed it very much, because Gladwell shows, with numerous stories, how to think more creatively about conflicts between the seemingly powerful and the apparently weak. Look beneath the surface, he suggests, because David was actually, at the time, the better warrior than Goliath. At base, this is a book about refusing to adopt widely accepted meanings simply because they are accepted. This ability to set common assumptions aside and to thoughtfully consider the facts is one of the most important skills for any good lawyer.