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Jul 13, 2021inthestacks rated this title 1 out of 5 stars
This book was as convoluted as its title, though the content of the book didn’t come anywhere near representing the title it was given. Gladwell does not teach you how to talk to strangers. To support his theory -- which I’ll admit, I was…
May 10, 2021dirtbag1 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Gladwell always writes such interesting books.
Jan 24, 2021jackiegladman rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
An interesting overview of the way we interact with strangers from various perspectives via interesting relatable narratives. Would not have picked based on the title but it chosen as a read or the Mac alum book club. Glad they did.
Jan 19, 2021Bookworm1136 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
4 stars. This book was recommended to me highly by family members and is my non-fiction read of January. I found it to be a very interesting read about how we don't read other people well and how it impacts others, using some very famous…
Dec 27, 2020kristenruiz rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
For some reason I went into this book thinking it was going to tell me how to be better at "talking to strangers." Instead, the book highlights three societal characteristics that influence WHY we often mess up in our judgments and actions…
Oct 10, 2020dizzycircus rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
In Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Talking to Strangers, he does a brilliant job challenging common thought around some high-profile catastrophes. Through a compelling combination of skillful storytelling and shrewd observation he is able to…
Oct 06, 2020
If you enjoy insightful books about human behavior, you'll like this book. Gladwell takes research statistics and merges them with case studies to create a compelling book. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Oct 02, 2020EucaryaM rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
“To assume the best about another is the trait that has created modern society.” “Because we do not know how to talk to strangers, what we do when things go awry with strangers? We blame the stranger.” Interesting stories picked to prove…
Aug 28, 2020Manuel Gonsalves rated this title 1.5 out of 5 stars
This was hand deliver to the library at the same time I picked up The book" What's funny about me".
Jul 26, 2020
Fascinating look at human behavior that reads more like individual essays, than one cohesive story. Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2020 There is no doubt in my mind that Malcom Gladwell can make usually droll research…
Jul 22, 2020mitanline rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Malcolm uses many case studies and also cites significant cases such as Brock Turner and Sandra Bland. The book provokes thoughts and asks its readers to think deeper, to try and understand why we think the way we do, and assume things…
May 12, 2020bceccoli rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
In addition to the insightful perceptions of Malcolm Gladwell regarding the tools and strategies we use to evaluate the strangers we meet this book has interesting ties to Kansas City. He reviews multiple case studies about Kansas City’s…
Mar 20, 2020writermala rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Malcolm Gladwell has written a book about various scenarios where understanding strangers has come to the fore. Each of these topics is interesting and we learn what we should know about the people we don't know. As Lionel Beehner says…
Mar 08, 2020philinehillas rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Excellent book with several key points well supported by research and by actual events. Unique way of viewing our assumptions and how they can lead us to disastrous conclusions. Very readable. It has expanded and informed my previous way…
Mar 08, 2020bensalk rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Very interesting read! This was my first Gladwell book, and I am sure it won't be my last. This book takes a deep dive into the intricacies of human psychology, particularly around deception. Although this is the main focus, the book also…
Feb 24, 2020VaughanPLTiziana rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
A good read with some interesting insights. Malcolm Gladwell investigates what can go wrong when we interact with people we don't know. He uses many real scenarios from throughout history. I enjoyed the psychology aspect of this book and…
Feb 20, 2020sgill3 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Malcolm Gladwell is one of my favorite authors!
Feb 20, 2020JCLHollyB rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
In this approachable, Science-based read author Malcolm Gladwell questions the capacity people have to actually assess another person's character, competency, emotions, and even guilt of a crime. He cites recent high attention cases,…
Feb 12, 2020patcarstensen rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
There are about 3 big ideas in 345 pages, and I wish he had gotten to conclusions better than "we don't do a very good job at some things, but doing a good job would be result in a world worse than what we have." But it is a fun book.
Jan 29, 2020Einer2 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
As always Malcolm gives us an alternate way of looking at the world and the people and situations around us in a different way. It's unfortunate that network news doesn't use him to explain some of the ways he sees and interprets things.
Jan 27, 2020Bududo rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
The subject is an important topic that the author builds up to understand various aspects of where things go awry. Mr. Gladwell structures and presents each illustrative story in a way that we follow his conclusion. For the most part this…
Jan 08, 2020ADF1971 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Taking complex, controversial subjects to a simple, ingestible form. We of course have the benefit of hindsight in all the examples provided so the critical thinking component is not there for the reader as the facts are slowly revealed.…
Jan 06, 2020andrewhulme rated this title 1.5 out of 5 stars
I have read many of Gladwell's previous books and enjoyed them and learned from them. This book is not in the same league as his previous works. Perhaps its because the examples he discusses are from recent international news and are too…
Dec 29, 2019kwsmith rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
In his usual pseudo-psychological journalist style, Gladwell unpacks the difficulty humans have determining when strangers are lying. I enjoyed the first part of the book, but found that the last part descended rapidly into sensational…
Dec 27, 2019Jocko_7 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Once again, Malcom Gladwell comes through with an extraordinary book which offers several perspectives on recent events. Mr. Gladwell lets people think about topics without being preachy, judgemental, or overly political.