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Talking to Strangers
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Dont Know | Malcolm Gladwell
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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 In July 2015, a young black woman named Sandra Bland was pulled over for a minor traffic violation in rural Texas. Minutes later she was arrested and jailed. Three days later, she committed suicide in her cell. What went wrong? Talking to Strangers is all about what happens when we encounter people we don't know, why it often goes awry, and what it says about us. How do we make sense of the unfamiliar? Why are we so bad at judging someone, reading a face, or detecting a lie? Why do we so often fail to 'get' other people? Through a series of puzzles, encounters and misunderstandings, from little-known stories to infamous legal cases, Gladwell takes us on a journey through the unexpected. You will read about the spy who spent years undetected at the highest levels of the Pentagon, the man who saw through the fraudster Bernie Madoff, the suicide of the poet Sylvia Plath and the false conviction of Amanda Knox. You will discover that strangers are never simple. No one shows us who we are like Malcolm Gladwell. Here he sets out to understand why we act the way we do, and how we all might know a little more about those we don't.
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C.Perone
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Looking forward to this!

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caitlin.reads.books
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1. Talking to Strangers: What we Should Know About the People We Don‘t Know by Malcolm Gladwell / Hungry Heart / One Dark Throne / The Power of Habit

2. Talking to Strangers. Technically I pre-ordered it, but wasn‘t charged until it shipped this week. So excited to dive in! I‘ve been waiting on a new book from him for years!

3. Partly cloudy, 80 degrees, few sprinkles, windy.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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EmMcKee
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"Levine argues that over the course of evolution, human beings never developed sophisticated and accurate skills to detect deception as it was happening because there is no advantage to spending your time scrutinizing the words and behaviors of those around you. The advantage to human beings lies in assuming that strangers are truthful."

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JMEdwards
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"We have a default to truth: our operating assumption is that the people we are dealing with are honest... We start by believing. And we stop believing only when our doubts and misgivings rise to the point where we can no longer explain them away."

Suet624 Yup. It gets me every time. 3d
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palmerspageturners
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I‘ve been a big fan of @malcolmgladwell since his 2007 book, Blink. His latest release, Talking to Strangers, was excellent. Well researched, informative, eye opening, and emotional at times. I listened to it on audio on @librofm and I HIGHLY recommend the audio version! It listens like a podcast, and you hear the voices of the people he interviewed in the book instead of the author just reading their quotes. #talkingtostrangers @littlebrown

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jillrhudy
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I love all of Gladwell's analysis: I'm a fangirl. A friend says you can't mistake his correlations for causations, no matter how convincing he is. His connections between events are brilliant and he'll make you re-examine and think more deeply, but he falls back on pat advice: check your biases; listen with care to folks; know that your ability to spot liars is lousy. Even so, I keep feeling fascination. #selfhelp #thinking #history

Aimeesue Spot on! I love listening to him, but I disagree with him a lot. Some of the connections he makes, while interesting, are pretty tangential. 3d
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jillrhudy
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Default to truth becomes an issue when we are forced to choose between two alternatives, one of which is likely and the other of which is impossible to imagine. . . . Default to truth biases us in favor of the most likely interpretation.

Aimeesue I may have issues with Gladwell's premise for this book. It's not a "default to truth." That's a "default to believing what we want to believe about people, depending on what we believe about them in the first place." Truth Default theory says that we generally believe people are telling the truth, but it leaves out WHICH people. Power dynamics play a huge role. Head intelligence agent vs suspicious subordinate involves a lot of? 4d
Aimeesue … power issues, as does Male Doctor vs teenage girls. Scientific method says "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" and that's carried over to interpersonal interactions. Has for millennia. That's why "Believe women" has a real resonance these days - because in the past, we routinely deferred to power. What we see as "true" depends on who says it. (edited) 4d
jillrhudy @Aimeesue Great points! I think he does sort of incorporate deferral to power, in that he points out that it requires even more evidence to believe that someone in power could do terrible things and has done so for years. 4d
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cathysaid
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I just read the excerpt. This sounds really good! Comes out on September 10.

https://apple.news/AojfXkI-_QsqtnaGJ9JE4kA

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Mirandareads
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I sincerely hope that everyone reads this book as soon they can! It releases September 10th!! Malcolm Gladwell has done a PHENOMENAL job! This was my first of his to read and I‘m just completely blown away.

jillrhudy It came out today and I'm a couple of chapters in and really liking it. 5d
Mirandareads @jillrhudy Yes it did!🙌🏼 I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I found it to be pretty profound. 5d
jillrhudy @Mirandareads It's already making me feel better about some costly misjudgments I made about people in the past. 5d
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akaGingerK
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Road trip! Drove to the beach today and nearly finished both audiobooks I‘ve been bouncing between. Due to actually interacting with my cousins, though, I basically beach-damaged my physical book without reading any. Whoops!
#advancedlisteningcopies

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This was my first Malcolm Gladwell, and now I have to go read everything else! In Talking to Strangers, Gladwell investigates what goes wrong when we interact with people we don‘t know, using dramatic scenarios ripped from the headlines, history, psychology, and criminology. Gladwell begins and ends with the tragic death of Sandra Bland, and it‘s impossible to ignore how urgently we need better strategies of understanding strangers.

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HillsAndHamletsBookshop
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Thanks to Libro.fm for the complimentary listening copy of this audiobook. It was exceptional. Gladwell creates a truly engaging audiobook experience and does an amazing job of making us question so many of our basic assumptions about how we interact in the world with strangers. It‘s a brilliant piece of deeply thought provoking pop sociology that I simply couldn‘t put down.

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Vivlio_Gnosi
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Looking forward to reading this #Nonfiction piece by one of my favorite author and podcasters, Malcolm Gladwell. Added to my #TBR stack. #GreenvilleSC

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