Talking to Strangers - Malcolm Gladwell

Talking to Strangers

By Malcolm Gladwell

  • Release Date: 2019-09-10
  • Genre: Social Science
Score: 4
From 269 Ratings


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.


  • My Third Gladwell Read

    By LFDugger
    Again he has written a book I could not put down! Learned a lot. Things I had not thought about.
  • Great Read

    By Jadeventure
    As always, Malcolm Gladwell delivers thought provoking reading. His narrative was excellent and well thought out. I devoured this book and could not believe how absorbed I was by it.
  • Check Thy Self, Before Thine Wreck Thy Self

    By iPodAmmo
    Back again w an authentic format delivered as he has for the past decade or so. Very compelling look inside the human core. Using a small set principles highlighted in Blink, he makes a larger call to “Checking ones self, before wrecking ones self”.
  • Absolutely brilliant

    By Parra E
    Great book for the times we are faced with as a society today. Highly recommend this book to everyone living in the United States. It will give you more perspective on the social issues at hand.
  • Fantastic!

    By Deisel64
    Gladwell does it again!
  • Thought provoking

    By Linda E - Louisiana
    Well-written with lots of information and insight
  • Complete disappointment

    By ljstlouis
    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.
  • Talking to Stangers

    By waltaltot
    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.
  • Great!

    By Funny person pooppy pants
    I love this story and Is there a bookstore that Shells this book?