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


Review posted April 8, 2021


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


Review posted March 26, 2021


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.


Review posted March 22, 2021


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.


Review posted March 22, 2021


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


Review posted March 16, 2021


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.


Review posted March 16, 2021


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.


Review posted March 15, 2021


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


Review posted February 18, 2021


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.


Review posted February 15, 2021


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


Review posted February 2, 2021


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.