Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know (Hardcover)
If we have dinner together there is very likely to be at least one point in the conversation that will lead me to say ... "Malcolm Gladwell said ..."
I found this book to be both fascinating and relevant. Almost every day we encounter someone we don't know and have to access their character. This is very often much harder than we think and we are very often wrong. Neville Chamberlain believed Hitler when he told him that he was not going to invade Poland; many investors believed that Bernie Madoff had only their best financial interest at heart; a judge has to decide if the person he lets out on bail will return or commit another crime. Our judgements of others has serious consequences. We can't stop trusting people but we can be a little more mindful in making those judgements.
I would highly recommend the audio book. Gladwell produced this as a podcast with actual audio or reenactments from many of the events he discusses.— Rene
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"Talking to Strangers is a must-read...I love this book... Reading it will actually change not just how you see strangers, but how you look at yourself, the news--the world...Reading this book changed me."—Oprah Winfrey, O, The Oprah Magazine
know others...Gladwell brilliantly argues that
we should stop assuming, realize no one's transparent and understand that
behavior is tied to unseen circumstances."
a compelling, conversation-starting read...At a time when the world feels intractably
polarized, a book examining the varying ways we misinterpret or fail to
communicate with one another could not feel more necessary...With a mix of
reporting, research and a deft narrative hand, Gladwell illuminates these
examples with the page-turning urgency of a paperback thriller."
"Mr. Gladwell's towering success rests on the moment when the skeptic starts to think that maybe we're wrong about everything and maybe, just maybe, this Gladwell guy is onto something...Talking to Strangers is weightier than his previous titles."—Amy Chozick, New York Times
"Gladwell uses compelling real-world examples to show the how and why behind our interactions with folks we're trying to understand."
—Rhett Power, Forbes
of gripping anecdotes from the recent and forgotten past. He uses these
riveting stories to offer up bite-size observations about how we engage with
insights, writes like an angel, and has earned a massive and admiring audience.
He has a keen eye and a witty flair and he's one of the best observationalists
of a generation. Gladwell is a big-picture thinker who helps us make sense of
the human condition."
Gladwell peppers his work with unforgettable facts... He has immense gifts--a
probing, original, questioning mind, an ability to dig up information others
haven't considered and tie it to a broader point. He has a narrative skill
interesting research about our blunders with strangers, and why we make
them...It's fascinating to peek at these incidents through Mr. Gladwell's
without ever sounding preaching or proud. The stories make you think."