Talking to Strangers - Malcolm Gladwell

Talking to Strangers

By Malcolm Gladwell

  • Release Date: 2019-09-10
  • Genre: Sociology
Score: 4
From 604 Ratings


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.


  • 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
  • Rambling

    By Amy Plum's Desk Top
    Although some of the stories were interesting, they were distracting from the books title I fail to see him tying much together here.
  • Disappointed

    By Terby1
    I guess that I set my expectations too high. Lots of research, crime investigations and so on, but very little valuable tips about “talking to strangers”. I didn’t like this book.
  • My Third Gladwell Read

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

    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

    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

    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!

    By Deisel64
    Gladwell does it again!
  • Thought provoking

    By Linda E - Louisiana
    Well-written with lots of information and insight