Talking to Strangers

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

The author presents a rich (and sometimes disturbing) collection of stories, coupled with research, to help readers understand how we interpret the actions of people we do not know. This book is an especially important read for those working to forge conversations and collaboration across differences in our state.

400 pages. ©2019.
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Reader Reviews for this Book

Loriann848

Review posted April 8, 2021

2

A more difficult read than expected. Left with the feeling the author poses questions without enough answers.

kmalbertson

Review posted March 26, 2021

5

This book is AMAZING. I adore Malcolm Gladwell, and this is his best yet. It's a fascinating read with interesting implications for making changes in our communities and truly knowing the people around us.

Charmaine

Review posted March 22, 2021

5

Very interesting read. The author gives real stories and connection to his theories of how we view others. I found many discussions that made me think differently and a reminder about connecting with others especially those we don't know.

Rgores

Review posted March 22, 2021

5

His writing is fascinating and thought-provoking, as always. Such a good read!

suemusico

Review posted March 16, 2021

5

This is a fascinating book, makes you think in new ways and question everything you thought you knew before. Gladwell has become rather politicized in the last few years but this is just gold.

betz

Review posted March 16, 2021

5

Amazing true stories and topics help illustrate the need to listen and evaluate when meeting new people; to try and understand their true intentions and feelings... very interesting.

Tayte11

Review posted March 15, 2021

5

Amazing Book. Very insightful and a great read all around.

RickDenker

Review posted February 18, 2021

3

I chose this book, because of the author. I had read The Tipping Point and really enjoyed it. This had many of the same elements of from previous Gladwell books, including bringing together many interesting research studies. # I found this book strange in that it is dealing with several “dark” topics (undetected spies, pedophiles, sociopaths, police stops). It makes the book a bit unsettling, and it leaves without an easy or comfortable resolution. This is compounded by a rambling narrative. # I had hoped that this would provide advice on how to deal with strangers, maybe providing some insight on cross cultural communication. I would rather have wanted three more detailed books. One book on community policing, one book on interrogating spies, and one book on sexual assaults. I am not sure of any group that I would recommend this to.

aaronwilder13

Review posted February 15, 2021

5

Amazing read. Very eye opening to. Gladwell always has a fresh perspective on life.

VictoriaThompson555

Review posted February 2, 2021

4

This book is a must read! It is thought provoking and a fast read. If you like other books by Gladwell, you'll enjoy this.