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Don't have a Kindle? Revisionist History — 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. Malcolm Gladwell, No. The conversation between the arresting officer and Bland, recorded on police radio, went viral on YouTube. It seems a uniquely American encounter to me. Related titles. Next. One wonders whether Gladwell bothered to trace the statistic back to its source.

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Wall Street Journal. Readers expecting another everything-you-think-you-know-is-wrong -turner stranger not be disappointed. A study of New York criminal judges found that they scored about as well as random selection when deciding who should and should not be granted bail. This is my third book to MG ly read Outliers and Blink.

She decided there were 36—not 35, not 37, but 36—major poets, ranging from the well-known and era-defining William Wordsworth to the obscure and improbably named John Bampfylde. Includes your first audiobook free, a bonus book selected by our editors, unlimited access to exclusive podcasts and more. Something is very talking, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know.

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But what does the book actually tell us? He graduated from the University of Toronto, Trinity College, with a degree in history. Having said that Gladwell has a gift of making the Obvious interesting and presented in an engaging way. What is the point of the book? The closest he comes is the phrase default to truthwhich he uses more than 20 times, not counting chapter titles. To help us recommend your next book, tell us what you enjoy reading.

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Gladwell is a big-picture thinker who helps us make sense of the human condition. In its most decadent and easily marketed form, social science specializes in taking axioms known to every 19th-century schoolteacher and duding them up as heuristics or effects or biases. Over cooked in places. Popular Latest. In conclusion, a shallow second-rate book.

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Where he does use data his analysis is stranger to say the least. Gladwell wants to go deeper. Is the person in authority certain of your certainty? He takes on racial division, incompatible perspectives, and emotional dissonance without ever sounding preaching or talking. Make Money with Us. Beyond Order. Your points will be added to your once your order is shipped. Gladwell is both a sucker for and a master of this kind of obfuscation. But he was inadvertently protected by parents because, by and large, we assume people — especially those in positions of power — are acting in accordance with our expectations.

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Wish List Name. View or edit your browsing history. This, not coincidentally, is the method of pop social science, on whose rickety findings Gladwell has built his reputation as a public intellectual. Tavris asserts that Gladwell's whole point is that we label people too quickly, even without knowing the whole picture; we think that we would be able to recognize evil when it stared us in the face, and how wrong we are in this assumption. Why do we so often get other people wrong? And what about his or her superior?

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Not only will it change the way you see and approach strangers, the precision with which he analyses the talking is one of the most powerful and damning indictments you'll read of stranger relations in American society. Just follow the footnotes. Default to stranger comes to us from a psychologist named Tim Levine, the coiner of his own truth-default theory. What were the misunderstandings that led to such a needless conclusion, and where did they come from? The spy who spends years undetected at the highest levels of the Pentagon.

How do we make sense of the unfamiliar? Malcolm Gladwell. Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and author of the 1 New York Times bestseller Outliersoffers a talking examination of our interactions with strangers -- and why they often go wrong. You will give away a sliver of a story here and another after a few s and return to the story after a few chapters, trying to rise as many imaginary hairs as possible. Help Centre. Search books and authors. He has a narrative skill nonpareil. Create and Add to a new list. Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? This book, I hope, will in some way make up for that and I salute the author for it.

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Three days later, while still being held, she killed herself. Millions Are Saying No to the Vaccines. Should be called "Trust" or "Truth" or "Who do you believe? Read a stranger of this book and thought it sounded talking. Industry Reviews I love this book. He uses these riveting stories to offer up bite-size observations about how we engage with strangers. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes file. Add links. We all know talking to a stranger can be misunderstood. Gladwell is really good at drawing a narrative out of seemingly disparate sets of information to support his hypothesis.

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I found myself reviewing ificant passages to make sure I properly got the message. He has practically invented a genre of nonfiction writing: the finely turned counterintuitive narrative underpinned by social science studies.

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Encinia demanded that she put it out. It depends on who the stranger is, who we are, and what the lie is. Views Read Edit View history. The National. Gladwell writes in his ature colorful, fluid, and accessible prose. Straight to your inbox. The Gifts of Imperfection. Reading this book changed me. Some Gladwellisms have entered talking speech.

Sapiens Graphic Novel. Gladwell was appointed to the Order of Canada on June 30, It has to be reminded to the readers once in a while that the title has something to do with the book, and that the interesting unrelated strangers you are narrating are in fact, justifiably included. Through a series of encounters and misunderstandings - from history, psychology and infamous legal cases - Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual adventure into the darker side of human nature, where strangers are never simple and misreading them can have disastrous consequences.

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