10 Must-Read Books for October

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David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell (October 1)

Not that Mr. Gladwell needs any extra promotion, but there are very few writers whose work is guaranteed to spark so much discussion — both negative and positive. Using as its central metaphor one of the most famous stories from the Bible, Gladwell’s latest will no doubt be handed out at a thousand company meetings and considered liturgy by middle-management people who want the people under them to “take it to the peak.” But it’s also pretty interesting, easy to digest stuff, and carries the positive message that, yes, an everyday David can conquer the mighty Goliath.