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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.
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 each other 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.

September 10
Little, Brown and Company
Hachette Digital, Inc.

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Talking to Stangers

Strange i read this book yesterday and today new ( or previously ignored) sexual assault account, from college years, against Kavanaugh. I found that part of book about alcohol use in college and blackouts most interesting although after seeing “Hustlers” I really feel naive.

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Complete disappointment

The book is much like his previous, except this one approaches contemporary tragedies with sophomoric levels of sophistication. The book often seems to take on polemical issues for the sake of being controversial alone. In exploring how strangers interact, this book identifies some interesting ideas but lacks depth, thoughtfulness, and perspective when those ideas brush against things like sexual assault or institutionalized racism.

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