Talking to strangers : what we should know about the people we don't know / Malcolm Gladwell.
In this thoughtful treatise spurred by the 2015 death of African-American academic Sandra Bland in jail after a traffic stop, New Yorker writer Gladwell (The Tipping Point) aims to figure out the strategies people use to assess strangers-to "analyze, critique them, figure out where they came from, figure out how to fix them," in other words: to understand how to balance trust and safety. He uses a variety of examples from history and recent headlines to illustrate that people size up the motivations, emotions, and trustworthiness of those they don't know both wrongly and with misplaced confidence.
- ISBN: 9780316478526
- ISBN: 0316478520
- ISBN: 9780316536233
- ISBN: 0316536237
- ISBN: 9780316536240
- ISBN: 0316536245
- Physical Description: xii, 386 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
- Copyright: ©2019
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-379) and index.
|Formatted Contents Note:||
Introduction : "Step out of the car!" -- Part I. Spies and diplomats: two puzzles : Fidel Castro's revenge -- Getting to know der Führer -- Part II. Default to truth : The queen of Cuba -- The holy fool -- Case study: The boy in the shower -- Part III. Transparency : The Friends fallacy -- A (short) explanation of the Amanda Knox case -- Case study: The fraternity party -- Part IV. Lessons : KSM: what happens when the stranger is a terrorist? -- Part V. Coupling : Sylvia Plath -- Case study: The Kansas City experiments -- Sandra Bland.
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