Talking to Strangers

Talking to Strangers Summary

A Best Book of the Year: The Financial Times, Bloomberg, Chicago Tribune,andDetroit Free Pres
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?
While tackling these questions, Malcolm Gladwell was not solely writing a book for the page. He was also producing for the ear. In the audiobook version of Talking to Strangers, you'll hear the voices of people he interviewed--scientists, criminologists, military psychologists. Court transcripts are brought to life with re-enactments. You actually hear the contentious arrest of Sandra Bland by the side of the road in Texas. As Gladwell revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, and the suicide of Sylvia Plath, you hear directly from many of the players in these real-life tragedies. There's even a theme song - Janelle Monae's "Hell You Talmbout."
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.

Book Reviews


Well done5 star

Everything Malcomb Gladwell does is wonderful, including this book. It’s well written and well researched. Important subject matter and well worth the read.55


Not his best3 star

To not discuss race as part of transparency is ridiculous. Many have been trained by society to default to the worst human traits when they deal with African Americans who are strangers. For the author not to address these prejudices is extremely short sighted. Not one of his best books.35


Scattered mess2 star

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all of Malcom’s other books, but this was just a meandering , dispersed opinion piece that has no point other than show an incredible bias from the author. I was thrilled when it was over. Disappointing.25


Progressive bs1 star

I’m sure they will have students reading this because it’s full of fake news used to push social justice and progressive views. I think we’ve had enough of this crap.15

intifued reader

Poorly worded1 star

This book is very poorly worded, very disappointed15


What’s the point?1 star

Wish I read the reviews before purchasing. Re-reading chapters because I feel like I’m missing the punchline. Some chapters are disturbing to read, no disclaimer or no context given. Hard read, doesn’t get better.15

BHN 85

Talking to Strangers5 star

Gladwell’s style comes through again in a brilliant way. Bringing current topics to bare with insight and perspective that fascinates.55


Bad1 star

Just really bad. Social justice bs.15


Talking to Strangers2 star

Just did not make a clear point.25


Intirguing and thought challenging5 star

I throughly enjoyed this book!55

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