Talking to Strangers

By Malcolm Gladwell

  • Release Date: 2019-09-10
  • Genre: Sociology
Score: 4
From 1,068 Ratings


A Best Book of the Year: The Financial Times, Bloomberg, Chicago Tribune, and Detroit Free Pres
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?
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.

Video Review Talking to Strangers - Malcolm Gladwell


  • What’s the point?

    By BenjiSwift
    Wish I read the reviews before purchasing. Re-reading chapters because I feel like I’m missing the punchline. Some chapters are disturbing to read, no disclaimer or no context given. Hard read, doesn’t get better.
  • Talking to Strangers

    By BHN 85
    Gladwell’s style comes through again in a brilliant way. Bringing current topics to bare with insight and perspective that fascinates.
  • Bad

    By Matt1979582626484939
    Just really bad. Social justice bs.
  • Talking to Strangers

    By zoesampoochie
    Just did not make a clear point.
  • Intirguing and thought challenging

    By Rjacksxu
    I throughly enjoyed this book!
  • Random noise

    By RGUconn89
    Insight into some history is always good but the talking to strangers thread was lacking. Fight till the end to finish.
  • Very disappointing

    By Gatsby's Dad
    I expected to learn something profound. I expected to learn something usefull to my life. What this book is full of progressive thought and political views. I enjoyed Tipping Point and Blink. I had such high hopes for Talking to Strangers. Complete dissapointment. I kept reading it hoping it would get better. Never did.
  • MG Jumps Small Rubber Shark Screaming Jaws

    By Pankowboy
    A collection of tedious liberal totems re-told unimaginatively. Just to make a single observation: "M Brown was SUSPECTED of robbing a convenience store"?? No Malcolm, we have a videotape of hi, robbing the store and roughing up the terrified owner. He was a 6' 8", 300# hyper-violent thug who assaulted a police officer in his car and then attacked him again. Even the egregious E Holder's Justice Department could not find anything wrong with the officer's actions. The rest of the book is packed with shallow bias and nonsense. You have gotten lazy and arrogant. I will never waste another dime on you.
  • I couldn’t get going with it

    By Mr. Male
    I wanted to like this book; I bought it on Gladwell’s reputation (I loved Tipping Point) but found Talking to Strangers lacking any insight or original thought. I also liked (but didn’t love) blink and outliers. He is certainly talented. I muscled though half of this book before throwing in the towel and writing this review. It felt like a walk back in time through some of history’s darkest interpersonal moments. I found it rather dark and bending a bit to typically new-social norms. Sorry, I recommend passing on this one.
  • Can’t rate and review if it won’t download. Waste of $12.99

    By paper backs rule
    Can’t rate and review if it won’t download. Waste of $12.99