Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know
Talking to Strangers What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know Author:Malcolm Gladwell 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 adventu... more »re, 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.
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If you enjoy Malcolm Gladwell's trademark narrative method of long, long, long descriptive anecdotes, you'll find it here. But for me the book felt bloated and pointless. Using a bunch of unrelated stories, Gladwell makes a lot of negative points fairly well, but doesn't connect the dots effectively. So there are no positive takeaways - things you can do differently to get different results from the poor people in his stories.