Talking to Strangers - Malcolm Gladwell

Talking to Strangers

By Malcolm Gladwell

  • Release Date: 2019-09-10
  • Genre: Social Science
Score: 4
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From 296 Ratings

Description

Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Outliers, reinvents the audiobook in this immersive production of TALKING TO STRANGERS, a powerful examination of our interactions with people we don't know.
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?
While tackling these questions, Malcolm Gladwell was not solely writing a book for the page. He was also producing for the ear. In the audiobook version of Talking to Strangers, you'll hear the voices of people he interviewed--scientists, criminologists, military psychologists. Court transcripts are brought to life with re-enactments. You actually hear the contentious arrest of Sandra Bland by the side of the road in Texas. As Gladwell revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, and the suicide of Sylvia Plath, you hear directly from many of the players in these real-life tragedies. There's even a theme song - Janelle Monae's "Hell You Talmbout."
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.
The audiobook edition of Talking to Strangers was an instant #1 bestseller, and was one of the most pre-ordered audiobooks in history. It seamlessly marries audiobooks and podcasts, creating a completely new and real listening experience.

Reviews

  • My Third Gladwell Read

    5
    By LFDugger
    Again he has written a book I could not put down! Learned a lot. Things I had not thought about.
  • Great Read

    5
    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

    5
    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

    5
    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!

    5
    By Deisel64
    Gladwell does it again!
  • Thought provoking

    5
    By Linda E - Louisiana
    Well-written with lots of information and insight
  • Complete disappointment

    1
    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

    5
    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!

    4
    By Funny person pooppy pants
    I love this story and Is there a bookstore that Shells this book?