Talking to strangers : what we should know about the people we don't know

ISBN: 
9780316478526
Author: 
Gladwell, Malcolm
Publisher: 
Little, Brown and Company
Edition: 
First
Physical description: 
xii, 386 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Publishing date: 
September 10, 2019
Book Description: 

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.

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