Talking to Strangers

Talking to Strangers

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

Book - 2019
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Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast 'Revisionist History' and author of 'The Tipping Point', 'Outliers', and 'What the Dog Saw', offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers - and why they often go wrong. Gladwell is originally from Toronto, ON.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316478526
Branch Call Number: 302 GLA 2019-08
Characteristics: xii, 386 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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Oct 14, 2019

Compulsively readable but not particularly convincing in framing the stories it chronicles as failures of communication between strangers.

Oct 14, 2019

Much as it pains me to say it, I'm afraid I have to agree with the crictics on this one. I've read all his books since he published The Tipping Point. He's always given me a new perspective on looking at life. Until this book. I eagerly opened the book to begin reading, but by Part Three, I realized that he was repeating the same "theories" that I've read by other professionals. I thought he would have a unique or new perspective. Color me sadly disappointed. If you've never read any of his other books, please go back and read them. They're awesome.

ArapahoeAshleyR Oct 10, 2019

A book about psychology, the justice system, and some light espionage. As with all things Malcolm Gladwell, this was a thinker. I learned a lot from this book, but what stuck with me was: strangers aren’t easy. They are nuanced and complex and enigmatic just like us. Crazy, right?

Oct 05, 2019

in 'talking to strangers' gladwell tries to explain the unfathomable by examining a number of scenarios including some notorious events in the past (hitler, sylvia plath, etc.) and painful present (brock turner, sandra bland, etc.) at times he teeters on the edge of seeming to blame the victim, but he also raises some points that we should all consider. for example, how far would YOU go to rationalize the behavior of someone in a position of trust, a friend you've had for decades, a colleague who has been lauded for their job performance?
something i pondered while reading this book, what about people who unabashedly lie and make contradictory statements? but... that is a subject covered by other books in these 'interesting times.'

Sep 28, 2019

trust vs non-trust re 'the other'; Fareed Z

Sep 26, 2019

I thought this was a fascinating book and hope there will be a "Talking to Strangers #2". So many things that happen in our society are inexplicable to me and this analysis about how we misinterpret interactions with others has really given me insight. His conclusions about police training and how certain actions = guilt/innocence that are patently incorrect are amazing because they are part of our culture, i.e. people that don't look directly at you or that fidget are guilty whereas people who look you in the eye are not lying.
There is much, much more to this book and I could not do it justice here, I am going to turn it in and let someone else read it and put it back on my hold list so I can think about it and read it again later.
Highly recommend!

This is a best-selling book to tell you what your parents should have, that not everyone you meet is your friend.

debwalker Jun 14, 2019

What the hay! Not like you'll ever see them again, anyway!

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