Talking to Strangers

What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know

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Publisher Description

Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Outliers, offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers and why they often go wrong—now with a new afterword by the author.

 A Best Book of the Year: The Financial Times, Bloomberg, Chicago Tribune, and Detroit Free Press

 How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to one another that isn’t true?
 
Talking to Strangers is a classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. He revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland—throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt.
 
Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know. And because we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world. In his first book since his #1 bestseller David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell has written a gripping guidebook for troubled times.

GENRE
Non-Fiction
RELEASED
2019
September 10
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
400
Pages
PUBLISHER
Little, Brown and Company
SELLER
Hachette Digital, Inc.
SIZE
8.2
MB

Customer Reviews

red-on ,

Insightful, relevant, easy to read

This book covers there main sociological topics in a good explanatory manner and relates them to many relevnt examples in modern life. It is easy to read, thanks to the author’s style of writing, but can be a little repetitive, especially of simple topics, which can be tedious. Overall, a worthwhile choice for the curious mind and anyone what looks to improve their views on the world.

patio55 ,

very boring

unreadable.... not an interesting sentence in the book.

Dwayne-Milley ,

Loved it!

I’m a fan of Gladwell's, so it was an easy choice to have this as my first read of 2020. In typical fashion, he takes a deep dive in observing the facts and nuances of a topic to glean lessons from it. In the case of this book, he deals with the case of Sandra Bland in the U.S., and explores other tragic stories to explore the depths and learn more, all the while teaching the reader, about talking to strangers.

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