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Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know

Self-Help and Personal Development , Science, Study & Work, Smart Thinking, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 30/04/2020
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Talking to Strangers
Illuminating and thought-provoking
First of all, I'd like to thank the publishers for my advance copy of this book. Secondly, as someone who has listened to many podcasts and interviews wit... READ MORE


The highly anticipated new book from Malcolm Gladwell, No.1 international bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw and David and Goliath

The routine traffic stop that ends in tragedy. The spy who spends years undetected at the highest levels of the Pentagon. The false conviction of Amanda Knox. Why do we so often get other people wrong? Why is it so hard to detect a lie, read a face or judge a stranger's motives?

Through a series of encounters and misunderstandings - from history, psychology and infamous legal cases - Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual adventure into the darker side of human nature, where strangers are never simple and misreading them can have disastrous consequences.

No one challenges our shared assumptions like Malcolm Gladwell. Here he uses stories of deceit and fatal errors to cast doubt on our strategies for dealing with the unknown, inviting us to rethink our thinking in these troubled times.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141988498
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Weight: 303g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm

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Talking to Strangers
Completely off base!
In a confusing attempt to explain how we interact with and respond to strangers, Gladwell oversimplifies and ignores history (and morality) in order to cap... READ MORE
Jorja Kirk
Talking to Strangers
Big fail
I did not like one little bit of this. I wanted to read this because I knew that Malcom Gladwell was an influential person. But this was written in such ba... READ MORE
Clare Doran
Talking to Strangers
A book for divided times
This is a thought provoking read which is greater than the sum of its parts.In parts it appears simplistic but as whole it has an important message to impa... READ MORE
Tim Dumble
Talking to Strangers
Just forget what you think you know!
This book reminds us that, although we do it every time we come across people we don't know, making assumptions about them can lead to serious mistakes, wh... READ MORE
Talking to Strangers
Thought provoking
We all think we can read people well and this does make you realise we can't a fair bit of the time. A good mix of true life stories. Sometimes the same po... READ MORE
Bernadette Wilson
Talking to Strangers
I’ve read all of Malcolm Gladwell’s books but for some reason was reluctant to get this. But it is fascinating and succinctly presented, and pertinent at t... READ MORE
Calum Falconer
Talking to Strangers
Very informative and interesting
Love this book! Lots of case studies and examples. Interesting.
Younwoo Kim
Talking to Strangers
Not what it seems
The fact that we use our intuition to rate people and how often we get it wrong and so do the machines
Talking to Strangers
dry and formal
I don't know what I expected from this book, but it was actually nothing like what I imagined. It is a very dry book with a lot of political commentary, an... READ MORE
jayne Rowney