Year 15, Book 6

6. Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell

In Talking to Strangers Gladwell does what Gladwell does. He takes psychological studies, history, anthropology, and current events and stirs them up to create an overall thesis on a topic. In this case he looks at the issues we have in interpreting the actions and emotions of others especially when they are strangers ultimately because we have a hard time telling if they are being truthful. The book is certainly an engaging read with enough logic behind it that if you’re not really thinking about it you can easily buy what he’s selling. As with most of his writings if you think about it too hard it doesn’t quite hang together as much as he tries to make you believe. I still did enjoy reading it and it gave me some food for thought even if I think he makes a lot of inferences he can’t fully support. If you enjoy Gladwell’s other books you’re sure to enjoy this one too. If you don’t care for Gladwell in general this book isn’t going to change your mind. I give it a 7 out of 10.

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